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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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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Seven things we learnt about the seven-way leaders’ debate:

  Sturgeon – PR woman extraordinaire: Sturgeon worked hard to cleanse SNP’s anti-UK reputation. By explaining what SNP MPs would do in Westminster to stand up for British voters, her party didn’t come across as the Northern bogeyman that the other parties are keen to paint it as. The other candidates failed to stress that …

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PMQs – Second jobs

  PMQs has never been a forum for cross-party agreement; it is a battleground for sound-bites and point-scoring. If reforming the rules for MPs holding second jobs was a priority, an agreement would be reached behind the scenes and changes would be quietly introduced. However, this has been a high-profile scandal and presented an opportunity …

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PMQ’s – Brutal exchanges in the chamber

Today’s Parliamentary Questions was a lesson in how brutal these weekly sessions can be. Ed Miliband’s tactic was to ask why hedge funds were not paying stamp duty on stock market transactions until he received an answer. Labour knows Cameron won’t directly engage on shadow banking tax policy, thus leaving him exposed to accusations of …

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The Green Party: A Credible Alternative?

Since the Prime Minister insisted that the Green Party be given a place on the TV debates, the small party’s support has exploded. Described as the Green Surge, the party’s membership soared past UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, and their national polling figures broke double digits. This is an extraordinary jump for a party that …

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Minority Government may be best choice for Miliband

With the 2015 General Election currently looking too close to call, many are already running scenarios of various outcomes and how possible coalition or ‘supply and confidence’ (an informal agreement to support a minority government on key votes) agreements could develop. A popular scenario, which is lengthening the odds on David Cameron’s return to Downing …

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