Lib Dem Strategy: A curiously European campaign

It says something about a political environment when a party is singled-out, and questioned, for focusing its European Parliamentary campaigning on… Europe. But that is just what has happened – the Liberal Democrats have decided to do their utmost to focus the political debate ahead of next week’s elections on European issues. The unwritten cardinal …

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The European protest elections

In just a few weeks time, Britain will be going to the polls to elect new members for the European Parliament.  These elections, though, are a curious occurrence.  Voter turnout is especially low for one.  More importantly, how voters view these elections differ from others.  Labour’s dismal performance in 2009 was not a reaction to …

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Political risk: What lies in store post-2015?

After next year’s General Election, we will reflect back on the last five years, and the overarching memory will be of ‘austerity Britain’.  A time of economic crisis that jeopardised the future of the nation and the global economy.  The policy climate we have witnessed has largely been constructed and framed in the shadow of …

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There are early signs the Tories could win outright in 2015

And it has nothing to do with the political success of George Osborne’s 2014 Budget. It is a fundamental factor that is largely out of the Treasury’s control, but one which only recently is showing tentative signs of shifting significantly – the perception of household finances. Aside from the headline-grabbing changes announced in this year’s …

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Fixed Term Parliaments: A New Era for British Politics

In ten years’ time, the current government will be remembered for a number of legislative moments: ring-fencing the banks, capping both benefits and social care costs, and of course the infamous pasty, bedroom and granny taxes. However, few will mention the Fixed Parliament Act 2011. Although less known, this piece of legislation has changed British …

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