Nick Clegg

Business, not pleasure

Miranda Green  |  4 March 2016

Time Labour learned the difference between enemies and adversaries —Political turning points are not always dramatic. Sometimes they are signalled by the slow, sad note of a deflating balloon. So it was with the end of Labour and Liberal Democrat cooperation after the 1997 landslide. As an aide to Paddy Ashdown, I sat on the fringes …

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What matters is what works. But what if we can’t figure that out?

Matthew Hood  |  18 January 2016

In almost all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries kids educated in the capital do worse than those educated outside of it. London bucks that trend. A number of studies are underway, each trying to discover the recipe for the magic sauce that has made it all happen. Even Nicola Sturgeon has put her …

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British Liberal Leaders

Roger Liddle  |  16 October 2015

This book is the third in an impressive series on political leadership in Britain’s mainstream parties which we owe to an imaginative initiative of Charles Clarke’s. Though the books make good reading for anyone interested in politics, this sustained reflection by historians, political scientists and practising politicians is particularly timely for Labour as the party …

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Osborne’s to lose?

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  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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A BBC without bottle isn’t a BBC worth having

Jamie Reed MP  |  6 March 2015

Rejoice Remember a time when the country rejoiced in a happiness and optimism inspired by coalition government? Me neither. In fairness, this is because such a period never occurred. Not for Dave and Nick those sun-kissed halcyon days of May 1997, a liberated nation excited by the prospect of renewal which beckoned before it (and …

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Littered with irony

Robert Philpot  |  11 February 2015

Nigel Farage is presiding over the Europeanisation of British politics Political history is littered with ironies. Anthony Eden, who prided himself on his expertise in world affairs, was forced from office by his disastrous intervention in Suez. James Callaghan was renowned for his closeness to the trade unions. He was defeated in May 1979 largely …

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We all know the prime minister is partial to chicken

Angela Eagle MP  |  22 January 2015

I began Business Questions this week by responding to yesterday’s top line figures on jobs. Whilst we welcome any fall in unemployment, for millions of families up and down this country there is a grim reality lurking beneath the headlines. More and more people are unable to get the hours they need at work to …

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A rumble in the Westminster jungle

James Gill  |  10 December 2014

It is incredible how fast a leopard can change his spots. Nick Clegg, standing in for David Cameron this week, went from performing his disassociation act at last week’s autumn statement to returning to laughable form as the Cameron-lite poster boy for four and a half years of anarchic austerity. Standing in for Ed Miliband, …

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Home truths for Michael Gove

Jacqui Smith  |  17 November 2014

Parliamentary discontent with the government’s handling of EU crime and justice measures, in particular the European arrest warrant, rumbles on today in the House of Lords. Timothy Boswell, chair of the Lords European Union committee, is tabling a ‘statement of regret’ ie ‘We’re flipping peed off with the handling of this’, with the cross-party support …

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A presidential race in all but name

David Talbot  |  1 October 2014

The two main antagonists for May 2015 have had their say. Right down to choosing Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow’ – immortalised in Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign of 1992, it also sold five million copies in 1977, incidentally – David Cameron sought to make the coming election a binary choice. Red versus …

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