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Playing hard to get

Playing hard to get

by Helen Thomas / 30 Jun 2014 15:08

Wolverhampton MP Pat McFadden hit a raw nerve when he described the Bank of England as behaving like an “unreliable boyfriend”. They never write, they never call, but when they do, they tell you rates aren’t going up for ages… or maybe sooner, maybe later, in a gradual way, in fact can we talk about this later I’ve got the football to watch?

When Mark Carney joined the Bank of England

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Council counsel: tips for effective local campaigning

Council counsel: tips for effective local campaigning

by Andrew Judge / 30 Jun 2014 11:50

The recent elections have thrown up a paradox. We are told that people are alienated from politics and political parties. Global economic and social forces are reshaping the world in which we all live and induce a feeling of helplessness. People feel hostile to politicians and their aim in voting, if they vote at all, is to register their personal protest, or even a cry for help. The lightning rod issue for those subject to

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Make Voting Count

Make Voting Count

by Rachael Farrington / 16 Jun 2014 11:17

Being seventeen and a summer baby is terrible. All of your friends are going out while you’re stuck, still battling your way towards passing your driving test and waiting around for the day you finally turn eighteen.

For me, the worst thing about being seventeen is being unable to vote.

I’m known well in my school and community for being the politics geek, and according to our end of year awards I’m ‘most likely to

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Circuit training

Circuit training

by Jeremy Lee  / 13 Jun 2014 14:37

Everyone knows that when political animals have served their time they become after dinner speakers. This particular gravy train isn’t as lucrative for politicians as in the good old days, but there’s still an appetite for an inside glimpse into the corridors of power. As the UK’s biggest after dinner speakers agency, we decided to weigh up the potential of Messrs Clegg and Farage.

Celebrity status isn’t the be-all and end-all on the speaker circuit,

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Why Nudge isn't dead

by Laura Sandys / 11 Jun 2014 11:22

Back in 2010 just before coming to power David Cameron gave a TED talk stating that ‘with all the advances in behavioural economics I think we can achieve a stronger society without having to spend a whole lot more money’.  The age of ‘Nudge’ politics was born and no ambitious politician could afford to head off on holiday without a copy of the best-selling book in their bag.

In the spring of 2010 the behavioural

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Competition: win tickets to Bloomsbury Book Club with Kwasi Kwarteng
 

Competition: win tickets to Bloomsbury Book Club with Kwasi Kwarteng

 

09 Jun 2014 11:52

Spanning from the disaster that befell Spain in the sixteenth century to the 2008 global financial crisis, War and Gold is an ambitious and unique study of money from the acclaimed author of Ghosts of Empire. Kwasi Kwarteng turns his expert gaze to the fascinating history of international finance in a work that is reminiscent of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Jerusalem in its historical breadth and Niall Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money in its intimate focus.

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Competition: win a pair of tickets for Red Forest at the Young Vic 

Competition: win a pair of tickets for Red Forest at the Young Vic 

09 Jun 2014 11:34

Win a pair of tickets for Belarus Free Theatre’s Red Forest at the Young Vic!

For a chance to win, simply answer the following question: 

Which two Cabinet ministers have recently engaged in a very public spat over extremism in schools?

To enter, email your answer with your name, address, phone number and email address to tp@dods.co.uk before 5pm on Thursday 12 June 2014.

‘ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL UNDERGROUND COMPANIES ON THE PLANET’ NEW

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The impact of 2003's global anti-war protests: interview with 'We Are Many' director Amir Amirani 

04 Jun 2014 16:00

In what ways can the legacy of those mass demonstrations in 2003 be felt today?

Well first and foremost, many people lost their illusions about the nature of our political system on the day of the huge global anti-war protest. At least those that still harboured illusions. That was a comment I heard over and over again – along the lines of, "yes I was there, but fat lot of good it did".

And we

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The Euro elections: one enormous by-election?

by James Acheson-Gray / 27 May 2014 11:38

Westminster by-elections, where there is any chance of an upset, tend to become self-fulfilling prophecies. The media tout the notion of an amazing turnaround, no matter how insuperable the odds on paper, voters seem to be gripped by something between the herd instinct and mass hysteria, and – lo and behold! – a 20,000 government majority evaporates to a comfortable 5,000-vote lead for the insurgent / protest party.   In the past, of course, this has

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Communications, communications, communications

by Tom Wadsworth / 19 May 2014 15:19

The run-up to this Thursday’s elections gave us a rare treat over the weekend. All three major party leaders gave interviews that went out on Sunday morning, along with one from the Governor of the Bank of England.

So, who got their messages across, and who’s just talking to themselves?

Ed Miliband on Sky News had to defend his own presentation, telling Dermot Murnaghan that David Axelrod wasn’t advising on his ties. And Miliband’s presentation

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The Cancer challenge

The Cancer challenge

by Sam Webber / 19 May 2014 12:12

The event launched Macmillan’s campaign to make cancer a top priority in the upcoming general election.

Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support (Chair of the event), began by saying it was ‘not good enough’ for the UK to be at the bottom in terms of national cancer statistics across Europe.

Mr Devane said that 2 million people in the UK had cancer in 2010 and

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The youth vote: the powerful voice that needs to be heard

by Andrew Soar / 09 May 2014 15:25

In a year's time, polling stations will open across the nation for the General Election, with 6.8m young Britons eligible to vote. With 194 marginal constituencies (those with majorities of 10% or less) that can be won by an opposing party with just a 5% swing, the youth vote could be the deciding factor in which party makes it into power on May 7th 2015.

But, despite this, recent research from the Hansard Society has

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