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Osborne’s to lose?

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  1 September 2015

Fixed-term parliaments still create a lot of unknowns in British politics. The royal prerogative, exercised by the sitting prime minister to abolish the legislature and go to the country, was always a double-edged sword for the occupant of No 10. The longer the parliament, the worse the result. Labour governments – not that there have …

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Amber Rudd

Thatcher’s heir

Ben Dilks  |  1 September 2015

Can Amber Rudd be both moderniser and the candidate of the Tory right, asks Ben Dilks George Osborne has of late come into focus as one of the lead contenders for the top job. But rather than simply using his summer ‘emergency budget’ to make a cynical pitch to his party’s backbenchers and grassroots activists – …

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Boris Johnson

A real laugh

Sally Gimson  |  31 August 2015

As mayor of London Boris Johnson has been more Silvio Berlusconi than Julius Caesar, writes Sally Gimson The gods are against Boris Johnson. First, David Cameron led the Tories to an outright victory in the election in May. Then George Osborne made a grab for the centre-ground in the budget, and the crisis in the eurozone avoided …

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Politics first, economics second

Conor Pope  |  29 August 2015

The chancellor is comfortable encroaching on Labour territory, says Conor Pope How many Labour hearts sank at the words ‘national living wage’ in George Osborne’s recent budget? Never mind the economic connotations of the policy; the political ones are brutal for the left. It was so obviously the big moment of the speech, and the …

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David Cameron

Parties at war

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 August 2015

‘Now it’s open war’, screamed the Daily Mail headline on 18 June 2015. Not, this time, a comment on the Labour leadership race that was then getting into full swing, but the contest to come on the Treasury benches. The future race to be leader of the Conservative party, a vacancy David Cameron himself pre-announced …

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Familiar story as Tories put Labour in a spin

Robert Ledger  |  21 August 2015

There is currently much speculation and excitement around the Labour leadership election and what vision or platform each candidate is offering. Jeremy Corbyn, for instance, will reheat Michael Foot’s ‘longest suicide note in history’ manifesto of 1983 or offer an inclusive message of hope depending on whether you listen to opponents or supporters. What is …

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David Cameron cabinet

Where are the Tories in our leadership debate?

Mary Wimbury  |  20 August 2015

This week, we hear the Department of Work and Pensions has made up quotes from sanctioned benefits claimants for a leaflet. These fictitious people were pleased they had been sanctioned because it made them up their job search game. No wonder they had to make them up! My experience is those who are sanctioned often …

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Vote labour board

Don’t get angry, get even

Editorial  |  15 August 2015

Labour went down to a terrible defeat in May. Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein’s post-match analysis was insightful. The ‘shy Tories’ who have long preoccupied pollsters and Labour party strategists are, he said, neither shy nor Tory. They were genuinely undecided, even wanted to vote Labour, but en masse felt unable to put a party with weak leadership and …

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David Cameron

100 days of Tory majority

Alex White  |  15 August 2015

100 days ago this weekend, Labour party members were falling exhausted into their beds as the rest of the country was waking up to the first Conservative majority government in 18 years. The first days of a government are not everything, but they are indicative of how the next few years will play out. With …

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Where is the kerosene?

Mike Katz  |  13 August 2015

‘Where is the kerosene?’ was the question posed at a Q&A session with Liz Kendall I attended a couple of days ago. What the questioner wanted to know from her moderate, centre-left platform was going to light up our imagination and put fire in our bellies – suggesting that ‘sound public finances’ as a rallying …

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