Countdown to 2015

A year of two halves

David Talbot  |  10 January 2014

December and, more importantly Christmas, are an extended sojourn where the only politics on offer are that of the family variety. The battles and spoils of the year past recede into an unusual outburst of bonhomie. That and it is always worth seeing Ed Balls dressed as Santa. The serene landscape allows a nuanced look …

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The trials that stop time in SW1

David Talbot  |  6 December 2013

Weeks of lurid details of sex, drug-fuelled parties, fraternal healings, ‘nightmare colleagues’ and continuing rumblings over allegations of vote-rigging – November was just another month in the Labour party. And yet Labour entered the final month of 2013 in robust shape. It is, as the Daily Telegraph’s Benedict Brogan so elegantly put it, the ‘strange …

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Countdown to 2015: conference season 2013

David Talbot  |  4 October 2013

Glasgow, Brighton and Manchester have all seen the political whirlwind that is the British party conference season travel through their respective city centres in the past three weeks. Now that the banners have been taken down, the last of the thin wine and stale beer poured away, and the remaining dazed delegates returned home, the …

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A defining month for Labour

David Talbot  |  2 September 2013

With 20 months to go until the general election, how has Labour fared in the previous month? Who said August was the silly season? For the Labour leader his month may have begun in farce, as he was duly egged in a south London market, but it ended in anything but. The skirmishes that so …

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