Britain Unbound – The General Election explained

  Presented with the clearest political choices between Left, Right and Nationalist politics, the voters stunned the political sphere with their ferociousness. This election revealed two frightening aspects about our electorate: Firstly, they are ruthlessly unsentimental. Both Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy had been MPs for 18 years and enjoyed a combined majority of 27,000 …

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Celebrity endorsements: Do they matter?

  Russell Brand and Delia Smith do not seem like natural bedfellows. They have rather different target audiences. ‘Anarchical’ Brand is one of the UK’s most followed tweeters, while ‘sensible’ Delia is the nation’s bestselling author of cookery books. They, however, have at least one thing in common. Both celebrities recently endorsed the Labour Party. …

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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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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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London Hustings

  We’ve had the Leaders’ Debate, the Challengers’ Debate, two Scotland debates and countless televised interviews, but last night was the turn of Londoners to ask the questions. Gathered in a packed Guildhall were Natalie Bennett (Greens), Chuka Umunna (Lab) and Lynne Featherstone (Lib Dem), all standing in London, Grant Shapps (Con) standing in Hertfordshire …

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