Nick Clegg’s demise may have been exaggerated. Many have predicted he will lose his Sheffield Hallam seat at the next election, prompting speculation that he would bail out early and head for Brussels.
I don’t go in for the Olympic cynicicsm. Frankly I think it will be brilliant. But there seems to be a streak in the organisers determined to wind people up – no Pepsi t-shirts, high beer prices, bans on small businesses having Games-themed promotions (my favourite was the Devon hog roast dubbed the Olympig).
One other thing which I found striking was the extent to which Clegg and Cameron’s highs and lows appear to mirror each other in the last year
We’ve got an interview in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday with Eric Pickles, the Community Secretary, on his plans to tackle Britain’s 120,000 problem families.
But meeting him on Thursday, I couldn’t avoid asking him about the jubilee, and the BBC’s coverage.
He revealed it was on in the background while he hosted a party at Downing [...]
By Matt Chorley | | Saturday, 9 June 2012 at 8:01 pm
Clang. Another budget u-turn drops. All charity donations will now be exempt from the clampdown on tax avoidance.
At the weekend we splashed on how 26 per cent of Tory voters would “seriously consider” voting for UKIP, after 10 per cent have already made the switch. I went back to ComRes to find out where the other parties vote has gone. This is what the results show – and they make grim reading for Nick Clegg.
Last month I blogged on how Ed Miliband was performing better, and his supporters would be looking for an uptick in his poll ratings. As the Labour party extended its lead over the Tories, there was still the feeling that this was an anti-government vote, and that Miliband was being out-polled by his party.
In April, [...]
I spoke to Chris Grayling, the employment minister, Tory attack dog and likely Cabinet promotee. He claimed following the Redwood/Davis calls for a different economic strategy would drive up unemployment, slapped down Nadine Dorries and sidestpped talking of gaining from a reshuffle, while cleverly suggesting he was already “doing one of the most important jobs in government”.
Defence Minister Gerald Howarth has launched a devastating attack on the government’s NHS reforms:
“A lot of Conservatives have written to me saying ‘I am a lifelong Conservative, there is no mandate for this, why is this being proceeded with?’”
Actually, the uber-moderniser Howarth was lamenting about “the proposals for gay marriage”.
He does technically have a point. [...]
So as things stand, it’s much as we expected. Labour are on course to make the 700 gains predicted by Rallings and Thrasher, although that was base on pre-omnishambles polling so in his more fanciful moments Ed Miliband might have been hoping for more. A good, strong night. Though some of the breathless “spectaculars” this [...]
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