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The coalition's stealthy expansion of grammar schools

The coalition's stealthy expansion of grammar schools

by Caroline Crampton / 29 Mar 2012 15:24

The debate over grammar schools is about to reignite.

Kent County Council has this afternoon voted in favour of a proposal to allow a grammar school in the county to open a new campus.

On the face of it, this is nothing more than a straightforward matter of allowing a popular school to add more capacity so it can accommodate more pupils.

But in fact, this is a highly significant

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Ed should be posing with ‘old crusties’ not fresh pasties

Ed should be posing with ‘old crusties’ not fresh pasties

by Francesca Preece / 29 Mar 2012 09:50

It seems George and David have bitten off more than they can chew.

After hitting the nation, and probably bankrupting their ‘fave pasty store’, Greggs, with a bizarre tax on heated foodstuffs, the terrible two have made unconvincing noises about their love of the pastry staple.

Their attempt to diffuse pastygate has backfired massively. Instead of explaining why on earth they had decided to put small bakeries out of business, the Tories

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The PM loves both Cornish pasties and the Olympic rings

The PM loves both Cornish pasties and the Olympic rings

by Ben Duckworth / 28 Mar 2012 12:40

I doubt Jacques Rogge knows what a Cornish Pasty is and it’s even less likely that he’s ever eaten one. But it made for a surreal Olympics press conference this morning when the President of the IOC and Seb Coe joined the PM for a brief press conference to discover that the assembled press wanted to discuss fuel strikes, Cornwall’s national food and the upcoming Olympic jamboree.

You’ve got to love politics sometimes.

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Politicians still hold an allure for business

by Ben Duckworth / 27 Mar 2012 08:28

There are the obvious financial motivations for why the Conservative Party and David Cameron find themselves in such trouble over their donors and what they get for their money. As party memberships decrease, donations have become ever more important to fill the funding gap.

But why are hugely successful businessmen so desperate to have private audiences with top-ranking politicians? Speaking to a Conservative PPS in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, he was

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Partisan mud-slinging over party funding reform

by Caroline Crampton / 26 Mar 2012 16:17

It’s a well-known rule of politics that if you sling enough mud you everyone gets so dirty you can’t tell who started it.

In his statement to the House of Commons on party funding this afternoon, an angry Francis Maude illustrated this to a fault. As I said earlier, it was a tactical decision by the prime minister to send a senior Conservative minister out to bat for him in Parliament on

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Five mistakes Cameron has made over the ‘cash for access’ story

Five mistakes Cameron has made over the ‘cash for access’ story

by Caroline Crampton / 26 Mar 2012 13:48

Failing to learn from the Fox/Werritty scandal.

After his defence secretary resigned over his ‘blurred’ relationship with a former aide and defence lobbyist, the PM renewed his commitment to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists, but didn’t seize the opportunity to implement greater ministerial transparency.

Following, rather than leading, the sequence of events.

At the height of the phone hacking scandal, there were calls for ministers to publish their meetings with

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Cameron's is a lobbying scandal without lobbyists

Cameron's is a lobbying scandal without lobbyists

by Gavin Devine / 26 Mar 2012 09:53

Another day, another lobbying scandal? You would have thought so if you listened to the Conservative spokespeople hitting the airwaves yesterday. Their diagnoses and remedies were comfortingly familiar: "This was just boasting; there would have been other checks. Anyway, this is a problem for all parties. This government is the first to publish details of meetings between outside interests and ministers.' And above all: "we need to get on and introduce the proposed

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PMQs: OMG! TOWIE in the Commons

PMQs: OMG! TOWIE in the Commons

by Amber Elliott / 21 Mar 2012 13:03

The Speaker looked 'well jel' after the prime minister took a swipe at Bercow's "kaleidoscope queen" comment at PMQs today.

Shuuut up! I know right.

Yes, it's finally happened. Reality TV phenomenon The Only Way is Essex has made its way into the Commons chamber.

It started quite innocently. Conservative MP Robert Halfon was boasting about his constituency of Harlow's business rate growth.

And David Cameron couldn't resist showing off

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Public Budget disagreements are far better than the secretive norm

Public Budget disagreements are far better than the secretive norm

by Mark Pack / 16 Mar 2012 13:47

What would you do if you have a really important set of decisions to make? Decisions that will have a direct impact on the lives of millions of people, on the future of the country and – although of course you are too saintly to think of this – on your own future career prospects.

Locking yourself away in secret and deciding all the key decisions on your own before presenting them to

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The UK economy needs Obama-style stimulus

The UK economy needs Obama-style stimulus

by Kayte Lawton / 15 Mar 2012 15:49

According to the latest labour market figures, unemployment is up again. This is the eighth quarterly rise in a row and brings the jobless total to 2.67m, while the number of people in work fell by 44,000 over the last 12 months. Contrast this with the US, where unemployment has been on a downward trajectory since June last year and 2.5m new jobs were added to the labour market in the 12 months

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Hollande accuses Sarkozy of acting 'like a British PM'

Hollande accuses Sarkozy of acting 'like a British PM'

by Sebastian Mann / 13 Mar 2012 13:47

In a deft riposte, Francois Hollande yesterday criticised his running mate Nicholas Sarkozy for acting like David Cameron. Following Sarkozy’s lurch to the right and threat that he would suspend France’s membership of the Schengen Area – the area that permits freedom of movement between all EU states except the UK and Ireland – Hollande chastised Sarkozy for his “British” and “Conservative” approach to the EU.

“I had the impression I was listening

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Lockerbie: the darker side of US-UK relations

by Caroline Crampton / 13 Mar 2012 11:50

For the next two days, David Cameron is on an official visit to the US. His joint oped with Barack Obama in the Washington Post is designed to set the tone for the visit – it seeks to emphasise the strength of the alliance by highlighting what they have in common: international development, Iranian sanctions, condemnation of Syria, and Libya.

However, The Herald has a story today that should shed

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