Party manifestos: Serving a new purpose?

Next week, the main parties will launch their election manifestos. But what purpose do they serve? The political textbooks will say these documents set out all the parties’ policies, allowing voters to choose between the different offerings. However, that’s about as far from reality as you can get. Voters are not quietly rational citizens, settling …

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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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Jaguars and Swans: Two speeches that sum up Ed Miliband’s approach to business

  Speaking at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Wolverhampton today, Ed Miliband repeated his oft-heard line that he is “pro-business, not pro-business as usual”. His two most recent speeches – at Jaguar today and at Welsh Labour conference in Swansea on Saturday – neatly encapsulate this approach to business relations from the Labour leader. …

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