Autumn Budget 2017: Has Hammond kept his critics at bay?

  The job of Chancellor is a difficult one, and never more so than now. Since Hammond’s last Budget in the Spring, the UK has triggered Article 50, beginning the two-year process of leaving the EU, and economic conditions have changed. Despite Hammond’s attempts to crack jokes over the “economicky” section of the Budget, it …

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What can the US midterm elections tell us about the UK parties’ prospects?

  Elections are almost constant in American politics, and preparing for them is one of the least pleasant parts of any elected representative’s role. On the national political stage in the House and Senate, staffers allocate multiple hours per day to fundraising calls with a view to the next electoral cycle, no matter how far …

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Conference Preview: Labour

  Labour heads to Brighton in better spirits than could have been imagined before Theresa May called June’s General Election. Having surpassed expectations in that contest, Jeremy Corbyn finds himself with greater job security than at any time in his leadership. And for the first time, his claims to be at the helm of a …

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The re-launch sinks

  At today’s press launch for Matthew Taylor’s report on work, the Prime Minister gave a clear illustration of the consequences of job insecurity. She failed to turn the occasion into a significant political opportunity.  Once again, she underwhelmed. To start with, the actual event failed to match up to its pre-billing.  The advance releases …

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The centre has lost its grip

  We are witnessing a process of political diffusion. Our Westminster/Whitehall version of government is built on an assumption that there is a solid base of centralised power.  There is a governmental machine, which controls the public policy agenda and manages the flow of legislation and the running of the bureaucratic machinery that delivers the …

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