The Tory/LibDem Coalition is Surging in Popularity

Curious things, General Elections. Politicians go to the public, who are effectively their bosses, and lay their best arguments on the table as to why they should keep their jobs. This election campaign, the details of which at least some of the electorate pay attention to, has produced a particularly interesting change in public mood. …

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Do media endorsements matter anymore?

  Perhaps the least surprising event of the election campaign happened last night. The English Sun endorsed David Cameron and the Conservatives, while the Scottish Sun endorsed Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. Given the deliberate public position Ed Miliband has taken in attacking Rupert Murdoch, this was almost inevitable. Frankly, Labour probably have more chance …

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Power to the Palace

Whether it’s their intention or not, the voters may be about to weaken executive government. Take three ingredients: a truly hung Parliament; no chance of a formal, durable coalition, and the Five Year Parliament Act, and what do you get?  A shift in power from executive to legislature, meaning many of the customs and cultures …

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Sketch: Ed Miliband meets Russell Brand

“I wanna do the interview, but I wanna know what the set up will be,” asked Ed Miliband. “We’ll do the interview in my kitchen, or kitchen-witchen,” suggested Russell Brand. “Hang on, hang on, hang on, it ain’t gonna be like that.” replied Ed Miliband “What’s wrong with a sofa? The media is a bit …

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IFS tears up the manifestos

  The IFS’ party manifesto analysis presents the difference between what parties say policies will achieve, and hard reality of what will actually happen over the next five years. On borrowing, taxation and spending, each party’s manifesto strains under scrutiny. At their manifesto launches, the Tories presented a compassionate front as Labour cast themselves as …

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UKIP – Welcome to the North

  Nigel Farage hit the campaign trail yesterday travelling up the M1 from South Thanet to Hartlepool, to deliver a message to UKIP supporters and undecided voters in the North East – ‘Labour has failed you’. After UKIP’s unexpected performance in the Heywood and Middleton by-election last autumn, falling short to Labour by only 617 …

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Cameron’s Own Goal

  David Cameron enjoyed a rare ‘cut-through’ moment over the weekend, where something he said in a campaign speech was actually discussed, not on the Andrew Marr show, but on Match of the Day. This would have been a triumph, had Gary Lineker and co. not been mocking the PM’s failure to accurately recall which …

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