Cicero Election’s Budget Analysis

  This was everything a political speech should be: A well-balanced blend of tough talk and electoral treats. But the challenge now comes as the Opposition and press get to counter. As the ‘no gimmicks’ Budget took pennies off pints and told us the Tories had “put a tenner in the tank”, the Chancellor skimmed …

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After today, it is still all to play for

First published on Labour List. Today has long been a day Labour supporters have been anxious about: the last Budget before the General Election. Surely George Osborne – half-Chancellor, half-chief election strategist – would have a particularly large and cunning rabbit in his hat. A veritable Bugs Bunny. There are some potential crowd-pleasers in there …

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The Comeback Kid?

  ‘Walking tall again’ was the opening sentiment out of George Osborne’s Budget box today. And with macroeconomic numbers going in his direction he looked taller politically today. Just three years ago the Chancellor presided over the ‘omnishambles’ Budget which gave Labour its lead in the opinion polls. A lead which continued for a further …

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Latest Polls give Labour Cheer and UKIP Concern in Key Marginals

  Lord Ashcroft’s latest batch of constituency polls revisits some of the tightest Tory-Labour contests he polled in the second half of last year. Seven of the eight seats under the microscope today are Tory-held, with Labour’s Southampton Itchen completing the set. Back in 2014, Ashcroft found Labour on track to take six of these …

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Could Spring Conference breathe new life into the Lib Dems’ campaign? Thoughts from conference

  In 2010, Cleggmania swept the country. Following the familiar refrain of ‘I agree with Nick’ throughout the televised debates, uttered by both former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his successor-to-be, David Cameron, the Liberal Democrats won 23 per cent of the popular vote. This resulted in a haul of 57 seats and a role …

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Debates: 1960 Revisited

  Is David Cameron thinking about Richard Nixon in 1960? In our debate about the debates, what can we take from perhaps the most famous political head to head joust in modern times – Richard Nixon vs Jack Kennedy, America, 1960. It was the first leader debate of the television age. There are remarkable echoes …

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Innovation, climate change, the EU and the economy: The Lib Dems are right to join the dots

  Yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced that the Liberal Democrats would commit to greater spending on science and innovation. They said increased emphasis on science would allow the UK to become Europe’s largest economy by 2035 and help tackle climate change. What’s more, this would be …

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Cameron’s courage conundrum

  Courage is the trait most revered by political leaders; a key part of being a leader is being fearless in the face of enemies or in a time of national crisis. Leadership debates give contenders a chance to show their statesman-like qualities, or perhaps the reverse. Recent ructions over the planned TV debates, in …

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