John McDonnell: Old Labour or New Capitalism?

Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has said that he enjoys fermenting the overthrow of capitalism. So his appointment has spooked many in the City and unnerved most Labour MPs. It’s not an unprecedented development for the Labour Party.  A century ago, a firebrand hard left MP Philip Snowden proposed, on the floor of the …

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The Consequences of Mr Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn assumes his new office, as, possibly, the preferred choice of all the main parties in Britain. Few, especially within the Conservative Party, could have expected this prize to fall into their lap, when Ed Miliband announced his departure back in May. What are the wider political consequences of Mr Corbyn? Cornucopia for Cameron? …

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Cicero Group: The Queen’s Speech 2015

  “I want you to remember what we were elected on. This document [The Conservative Manifesto]. In here is the programme we have a mandate to deliver on. All of it. This will be a different government. It’s not a coalition government. So we can have proper accountability – no trading away of things that …

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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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Don’t forget the media

  I suspect when candidates go knocking on doors, one issue least likely perceived to be a vote winner is that of a party’s media policy. In fact, in an effort to clamp down on government expenditure, many commentators and politicians have pointed to abolishing the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and moving …

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