Grading on a curve: Why the Presidential debate season favours Trump

  The Presidential debate season is nearly upon us. Fortune usually favours the brave, but in this case it may favour the outspoken. Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go face to face at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, quite possibly for the first time since the former Secretary of State “happened to …

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Brexit…

  […everywhere you go.] “It can’t really happen can it?” “No, the American people will make the right choice.” “Actually electing Trump would be crazy.” Sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it? How many times did we all have a very similar conversation, replacing ‘American’ with ‘British’ and ‘electing Trump’ with ‘voting Leave’? The debate around the …

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Labour leadership: Where are all the members?

  In case members of the Labour Party were growing anxious about not having had the chance to vote on anything for a few weeks, the Party has recently obliged by providing a bonanza of internal elections – to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee and, for those in the Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham regions, …

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Great speech but TOO much motherhood and policy pie Hillary?

  Cicero Executive Chairman Iain Anderson writes from the U.S: Let me be clear. If I was an American voter there is NO choice in this Presidential election. Trump is a dangerous demagogue and Hillary is indeed the most qualified person perhaps ever to become the 45th President. And while democracies across the globe have …

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Trumped – that’s what the commentariat are facing

  Cicero Executive Chairman Iain Anderson writes from the U.S: Rambling, dog whistle politics. Yes – I’ve just watched one of the longest presidential nominee speeches delivered since the late 1960s. So hard to listen to but impossible to ignore – Donald Trump last night delivered nothing radical or new in his Republican nominee acceptance …

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Labour leadership analysis: ‘Fight and fight and fight again’

  Scarborough, 1960, and a conference vote, against the leader’s wishes, has committed Labour to a policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament.  Defiant, the party leader, Hugh Gaitskell, declares that he will ‘fight and fight and fight again to save the party we love.’ Gaitskell’s biographer describes Labour’s deep division in 1960 thus, “It was a …

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It’s the deficit, stupid!

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell got his loudest cheer at the Labour party conference for declaring an end to ‘austerity politics’. Gone was Ed Miliband’s austerity-lite approach; to be replaced by no austerity at all. This is definitively the end of New Labour and the beginning of a new narrative. McDonnell signs up to the argument …

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