Autumn Budget 2017: Has Hammond kept his critics at bay?

  The job of Chancellor is a difficult one, and never more so than now. Since Hammond’s last Budget in the Spring, the UK has triggered Article 50, beginning the two-year process of leaving the EU, and economic conditions have changed. Despite Hammond’s attempts to crack jokes over the “economicky” section of the Budget, it …

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What can the US midterm elections tell us about the UK parties’ prospects?

  Elections are almost constant in American politics, and preparing for them is one of the least pleasant parts of any elected representative’s role. On the national political stage in the House and Senate, staffers allocate multiple hours per day to fundraising calls with a view to the next electoral cycle, no matter how far …

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The re-launch sinks

  At today’s press launch for Matthew Taylor’s report on work, the Prime Minister gave a clear illustration of the consequences of job insecurity. She failed to turn the occasion into a significant political opportunity.  Once again, she underwhelmed. To start with, the actual event failed to match up to its pre-billing.  The advance releases …

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