Debating pentagonal politics

  In all the brouhaha surrounding the potential party leader debates during the forthcoming election, most attention is focussed on the multiple leader debates, and just how many parties will be represented. Less attention is being paid to the proposed debate that pitches the two potential Prime Ministers – David Cameron and Ed Miliband – …

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Beware Greeks bearing gifts

Syriza’s victory in Greece’s general election yesterday could end up having some impact on the UK’s general election, and our politics after the votes are counted. Not because there is a latent Syriza equivalent, lurking in the electoral undergrowth, and poised to surge forward as part of some new ‘European spring.’  The UK is not …

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SNP Surge: Be careful what you wish for

The Scottish National Party has one clear ambition for May’s General Election: nothing less than to hold the balance of power for the entire UK. If that wasn’t clear already, Nicola Sturgeon’s indication yesterday that her party would be willing to break with precedent and vote on English health matters left us in no doubt. …

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Polling Analysis: Labour has failed to capitalise upon growing concerns over the NHS

[Read in landscape if using mobile devices, owing to data graphs]. The issue of public health has the potential to overtake the economy as a primary concern for voters ahead of this year’s general election. This week, YouGov’s fortnightly polling, which tracks the prime policy concerns of the public, recorded that the issues of health …

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The Green Party: A Credible Alternative?

Since the Prime Minister insisted that the Green Party be given a place on the TV debates, the small party’s support has exploded. Described as the Green Surge, the party’s membership soared past UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, and their national polling figures broke double digits. This is an extraordinary jump for a party that …

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Strengthening the private rented sector

The private rented sector is a British success story. It is the only form of housing tenure that continues to grow, and satisfaction amongst tenants is higher than in the social rented sector. That does not however mean that all is perfect. With an election in sight, calls for more regulation of the sector are …

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