Lynton Crosby

Letter from … Canada

Claudia Chwalisz  |  27 October 2015

Last week, millions of Canadians showed Stephen Harper that they are tired of his low cunning, fear, hate, arrogance and corrosive political discourse. The 11-week election campaign – the longest and most expensive since 1872 – backfired on the Conservatives. Harper tried to convince us to fear our own neighbours, to believe that enemies are …

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The dog that didn’t bark

Sunder Katwala  |  29 September 2015

Has the public changed its mind about immigration? Sunder Katwala investigates A casual observer could be forgiven for struggling to understand British public opinion on immigration. How could the same voters who backed the United Kingdom Independence party in the 2014 European elections, and ranked immigration consistently in their top three issues facing the country before …

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The empty straitjacket

Alex White  |  22 April 2015

Cameron is not just out of ideas – he never had one. Futility is easily revealed by hindsight but when William Hague presented his shadow cabinet with copies of Philip Gould’s ‘The Unfinished Revolution’ – inscribed with ‘know thine enemy’ – he might have been hoping for at least some lessons to be learnt. Gould’s …

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Stand a little taller

Editorial  |  31 March 2015

The fact is that the Conservative party should not be in the running for victory on 7 May. In electoral terms, the Tories face an uphill battle to ever win a majority again. Not since 1992 have the Conservatives secured more than 40 per cent of the vote in a British general election – an astonishingly poor …

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Letter from… Sydney

Bruce Hawker  |  5 November 2014

As backbench pressure mounts on David Cameron to either strike some sort of deal with Nigel Farage or co-opt his policies, it is time to ask: what is the prime minister’s campaign director, Lynton Crosby, planning? The answer might be found by looking at Crosby’s campaign history. In 2001 he was directing Australian prime minister …

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Will they ever stop banging on about Europe?

Angela Eagle MP  |  29 October 2014

I began Business of the House questions by raising the three defeats we inflicted on the government in the House of Lords this week on their plans for judicial review. A brace of ex-Tory cabinet ministers backed our amendments, while a former lord chief justice described the government’s plans to block dissent as an ‘elective …

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Fighting fire with fire

Mark Rusling  |  7 October 2014

This year, I had the professional pleasure of visiting Tory conference for the first time. The annual gathering is famed for its diversity – some middle-aged white men were from south-east England and some were from south-west England. There were stands selling tweed and handbags, and speaker after speaker denounced the coming European super-state. But …

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In place of fear

The Progressive  |  10 June 2014

We need a message of hope backed up by credible policies With the European and local elections out of the way, we are on the runway to the general election. If you look around the zombie parliament over the next few months and wonder where everybody is, they are knocking on doors, campaigning outside Asda, …

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When you’re in the bunker, use the wedge

Mark Rusling  |  7 February 2014

Wedge issues are part and parcel of politics. You can’t use them too often, but it is difficult not to use them at all. They are more often controversial than they are effective but, when successful, they create new coalitions of interest, split opponents and supporters and tell people whose side we’re on. Unfortunately for …

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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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