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 [...]
It could well be that the election results bring bad news for everyone – Cameron wins London (thanks to Boris) but loses hundreds of council seats, Miliband loses Glasgow and London but makes gains in key seats in the south of England, Clegg loses fewer seats than last year but Lib Dems drop below 3,000 [...]
As a member of the Fellowship of Unnecessary Clegg Knowledge, I spotted last week that the Deputy Prime Minister has had a mini-makeover.
Brace yourselves: the Lib Dem leader has started wearing glasses. In a blink and you miss it moment, during Nick Robinson’s report on the election trail with the Cleggmeister, he gave his new [...]
The Prime Minister has given an interview to the London Evening Standard, ostensibly to big up Boris, but not too much. Better to have him gainfully occupied in City Hall than jobless, making trouble in Westminster.
Towards the end there is a revealing exchange, when Sarah Sands suggests recent poll gains for UKIP could mean Cameron [...]
Ed Miliband had a good PMQs. Not stunning, still the slight feeling that a few more forensic questions on Jeremy Hunt’s conduct might have exposed David Cameron more, but his “shadow of sleaze” line will hang over the government. And to think, there’s barely a week until local elections.
Labour are excited. The last time Miliband [...]
It was probably worth a try, but scores hopefuls who have claimed for “riot damage” even though they live miles from the scenes of last summer’s disturbances have failed to screw any money out of the public purse.
Dozens of people who demanded compensation for damage suffered in the riots have had their claims knocked back, [...]
Work and Pensions questions were a right laugh this week. Honestly.
Liam Byrne, Labour’s follically challenged shadow work and pensions secretary, took aim at his opposite number Iain Duncan Smith, declaring:
“I think the Secretary of State detains his barbers for about as long as I do. Does he go along and ask for his hair to [...]
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The latest round of public harrumphing over reforming the House of Lords has dragged out the Non-Believers in the Tory party who still think Conservatives won the 2010 election.
They have also, apparently, forgotten what the manifesto which didn’t win the election promised.
We will work to build a consensus for a mainly-elected second chamber to [...]
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