There are early signs the Tories could win outright in 2015

And it has nothing to do with the political success of George Osborne’s 2014 Budget. It is a fundamental factor that is largely out of the Treasury’s control, but one which only recently is showing tentative signs of shifting significantly – the perception of household finances. Aside from the headline-grabbing changes announced in this year’s …

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Fixed Term Parliaments: A New Era for British Politics

In ten years’ time, the current government will be remembered for a number of legislative moments: ring-fencing the banks, capping both benefits and social care costs, and of course the infamous pasty, bedroom and granny taxes. However, few will mention the Fixed Parliament Act 2011. Although less known, this piece of legislation has changed British …

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This was George Osborne’s Bingo Budget

Not only did it include a halving of bingo duty, designed to appeal to Robert Halfon’s ‘working class Tories’, but listening to the Chancellor’s statement felt like a game of bingo in itself, as we crossed off all his favourite catchphrases. “We will fix the roof when the sun is shining”; “long-term plan”; Britain “earning …

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York to the Budget: Liberal Democrats on a high and a roll

March 7-9 marked an important weekend in many diaries. While many throughout the British Isles sat down to watch the UK’s constituent nations (as well as Ireland, France and Italy) express their divisions in the penultimate set of Six Nations fixtures, the Liberal Democrat party faithful flocked en masse to York to celebrate these nations’ …

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Labour’s fight for the United Kingdom begins in earnest this week

Six months from today voters in Scotland will go to the polls to answer the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. Whilst that milestone will understandably prompt a wave of comment from UK media columnists, it perhaps obscures a development of more substantial importance in the referendum campaign today. After two years of deliberations, the …

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