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Posts Tagged ‘Labour’

I used to think more cuts were the answer. But not any more

The Independent, December 6th 2012 Cut less to achieve more on debt and the deficit   Many people feel torn on big economic questions. The arguments are often complicated, so they look at the politicians on each side and back the ones they trust the most – or distrust the least. It’s comforting to be […]


Can Clegg exploit the gap in the market?

His task is to be the voice of moderation, to appeal to the thoughtful centrist


We need to help more independents to break the stranglehold

The rules are unfairly stacked against Siobhan Benita


How dodgy postal votes may decide our next government

The problem is they don’t guarantee you a secret ballot


Labour’s wrong if it thinks it’s time for a shift to the left

If Labour had been less arrogant and complacent in Bradford West, it could have won


What happens when even your supporters don’t believe in you?

The problem is that Ed Miliband is too clever for his own good


We can’t expect decisions from two parties so much at odds

Bizarrely, the best hope for resolving Coalition differences is a collapse of the eurozone


No one likes bailing out spendthrifts

We have pretty strong feelings about who is deserving and undeserving


Cameron picks a fight when he doesn’t need to

The Prime Minister’s self-inflicted wound


Time to call the SNP’s bluff

Treat the Nationalists like recalcitrant teenagers


Vote Yes for evolution, not revolution

The scaremongering over AV is so disproportionate, you wonder if they’re looking at the same voting system


From the sublime to the ridiculous

Miliband is neither useless nor excellent. He oscillates unnervingly between the two.


Nobody likes quotas, but you have to admit they work

As politics shows, good intentions are all very well but progress is achingly slow


Ed Balls will be a disaster for Labour

Like Gordon Brown, he believes he’s superior to almost everyone


A party that is growing up in public

The students have stomped out but there are millions of grown-ups who may now vote Lib Dem


Too much democracy can be a bad thing

The wisdom of crowds is at its best when it comes to judgments of character, not policy


Not every pensioner needs a bus pass

These days, pensioners are no more likely to be poor than younger people


A sprinkling of decency over politics

Douglas Alexander has found it wonderful to work for someone who wouldn’t allow negative briefing


The perils of giving in to pester power

If ministers reward those who shout loudest, the cacophony will become unbearable


Cameron is far happier than his party

The Tory leader is not a great fan of his party, so he finds coalitions easy and conference tiresome


Miliband's threat to the Coalition

The new Labour leader won’t scare off middle England. It’s those voters he has in his sights.


This Coalition is going to last and last

The only party that would gain from it being wrecked is Labour


Blair has much to teach his successors

His memoirs have many good lessons on how to succeed in both opposition and government.


The middle-class prize for Labour

Both Milibands believe the interests of the middle class are no longer the same as the filthy rich