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The impact of Chris Huhne’s resignation on his party and the man himself

The impact of Chris Huhne’s resignation on his party and the man himself

by Ben Duckworth / 03 Feb 2012 12:43

On Tuesday night, the energy and climate change secretary was standing in the canteen in the basement of his DECC department. He appeared relaxed and upbeat, and discussed why he believed he was right to continue DECC’s legal fight over feed-in tariffs, which has now reached the Supreme Court. Now a very different legal battle has ended Chris Huhne’s frontbench political career. The Crown Prosecution Service’s announcement of charges against the now former cabinet

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Unparliamentary language dominates PMQs

Unparliamentary language dominates PMQs

by Amber Elliott / 01 Feb 2012 13:03

We saw the prime minister quote Tony Blair, the Speaker praise David Cameron's vocabulary and a jab at the follicly-challenged shadow work and pensions secretary.

It was all rather unparliamentary today at PMQs.

Ed Miliband began his questioning by pushing Cameron to follow-through on legislation that triggers all banks to publish salaries over £1m. The law, published under a Labour government, had cross-party support.

But the prime minister ignored the bait,

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Democracy has been bulldozed on the EU

Democracy has been bulldozed on the EU

by Nikki Sinclaire MEP / 01 Feb 2012 11:08

'No government dependent on a democratic vote could possibly agree in advance to the sacrifices which any adequate plan for European Union must involve. The people must be led slowly and unconsciously into the abandonment of their traditional economic defences, not asked…'
 
So wrote Peter Thorneycroft, Edward Heath’s Tory colleague and friend.
 
French PM Raymond Barre was still more explicit in his contempt. “I have never understood why

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When is a treaty not a treaty?

When is a treaty not a treaty?

by Caroline Crampton / 31 Jan 2012 16:46

In case you haven’t heard, we’re definitely not getting a new EU treaty.

Making his statement to the Commons after the European Council meeting yesterday, the prime minister was at great pains to emphasise that. The mechanism that will bring 25 of the 27 EU countries together to discuss fiscal issues is only “an agreement”.

Cameron kept repeating the names of previous EU treaties: Nice, Rome, Amsterdam, Lisbon. He said it

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Christine Lagarde, IMF chief: ‘I leave aside the bastards’

Christine Lagarde, IMF chief: ‘I leave aside the bastards’

by Ben Duckworth / 31 Jan 2012 14:43

The prime minister will be standing in front of Parliament later this afternoon to provide an update on what he achieved in Brussels yesterday at the European Council meeting. Despite talk of David Cameron abandoning the veto, the eurosceptics in his party are quiet-ish…for the moment. While we wait to see how the PM describes Britain’s current position on the new EU fiscal pact, I’ve found a great quote from a major figure who

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Ed Miliband’s cry to ‘Save the Union’ half works

Ed Miliband’s cry to ‘Save the Union’ half works

by Ben Duckworth / 30 Jan 2012 12:29

One of the SNP’s most significant successes has been to create a positive call for change  – its civic brand of nationalism is based on making Scotland feeling good about itself. The specifics and problems of separation are placed in the background. The Labour leader has given a speech this morning (full text here) which aimed to inspire the Scots to ignore the SNP’s siren call for independence.  But can Ed Miliband, a man rooted

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Women and politics: class and construct

Women and politics: class and construct

by Sadie Smith / 30 Jan 2012 10:20

“Women are interested in politics. Just not all the shouting and posturing the male politicians get up to!”

We’ve all heard this at some stage, haven’t we? Usually off a woman, to be fair, rather than a representative of the raping patriarchy, and it never fails to get right on my tits, to use a phrase relevant to the topic under discussion. Although I’m not the sort of woman comfortable engaging in minute

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A long-overdue PMQs success for Ed Miliband

A long-overdue PMQs success for Ed Miliband

by Caroline Crampton / 25 Jan 2012 13:04

The news that GDP contracted by 0.2% in the final quarter of 2011 was always going to dominate the exchanges at prime minister’s questions, as it will continue to dominate political debate over the coming days and weeks.

It was therefore the obvious, and correct, choice for Ed Miliband to focus his questions to the prime minister on the figures. After months of suffering through attacks from the PM that the last government

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Neil O'Brien on fairness

Neil O'Brien on fairness

by Ben Duckworth / 24 Jan 2012 12:49

In the new issue of Total Politics out today, I interview Neil O'Brien, director of Policy Exchange. As the head of one of Westminster's biggest and most influential think tanks, he is a man whose views are listened to in government. The interview was fairly wide ranging but with last night's vote on the government's welfare reforms in the Lords, I'm posting up a section that didn't make it into the print version. It's a discussion

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The historical hangovers of David Cameron and Ed Balls

by Ben Duckworth / 19 Jan 2012 18:15

It’s been a day of capitalism in Westminster. Two months ago I watched Richard Branson talk about the end of business as usual. Today, I sat in the same building on the Haymarket in central London listening to David Cameron explain why it was time to ‘build a better economy’. Now was the time for a ‘people’s capitalism’ said a Conservative prime minister– a curious phrase which sounds like China’s economic system. However, don’t

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Why should we pay £1,000-a-head for euro mistakes, EU?

Why should we pay £1,000-a-head for euro mistakes, EU?

by Francesca Preece / 19 Jan 2012 09:31

Last week France, the head girl of the EU, fell in the estimations of the common man. After months of lecturing the UK to increase its International Monetary Fund contributions, the French, embarrassingly, failed their money MOT.

This proud country lost its AAA rating alongside the likes of Austria, and joined struggling Spain and Portugal in the cash flow woes brigade.

Fast forward to this week and the pressure has been firmly

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PMQs goes back in time

PMQs goes back in time

by Amber Elliott / 18 Jan 2012 13:06

It was a déjà vu PMQs today, with Ed Miliband claiming the government was taking us "back to the 1980s".

Maybe the Commons hadn't time-travelled that far, but we were certainly going back to 2011 – a quick count suggests it was the fourth time in three (sitting) months that Labour led with an attack on unemployment.

Safe ground is best for Miliband at the moment. And his unemployment arguments were extremely

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