She has the triple credentials of being Scottish/female/media friendly.
One simple explanation for the mess the Budget turned into is so much of it leaked in advance.
The Lib Dems get the blame, because Nick Clegg ”went early” with his demand in January that George Osborne go ”further and faster” on raising the income tax threshold towards £10,000.
Tories claim the Lib Dems cannot be trusted, [...]
“If they had offered me the Lords, which they did not, I would have taken it.”
Despite everything, he seems in good spirits, allowing himself to dare to believe the Lib Dems might be turning a corner, and at the very least voters might be willing to listen to them again.
Now, I’m not one to just cut and paste a press release, you understand, but this is quite simply the most delicious spoof.
With props to Paul Maher and Positive Marketing, please see the attached press release:
Embargoed until Sunday 1 April 2012, UK (NATIONWIDE) – The UK’s two largest Public Relations unions, the Federation of Online [...]
I know, I know, it’s Budget Fever this morning. The SkyChopper is hovering overhead, hacks are writing their analysis pieces already and MPs are booking their tables for a slap-up lunch.
But this explanation of exactly where the Lib Dems stand on the Health and Social Care Bill is a real treat.
Simon Hughes, the deputy [...]
My excellent colleague John Rentoul has discovered the IFS report on increasing the income tax threshold to £10,000, and the argument that while progressive for individuals, it benefits two worker households. Arguably it is making work pay too.
John has argued for some time that the policy is not as fair as the Lib Dems claim, [...]
Students of British politics should note that Prime Minister’s Questions is held before lunch is served and Treasury Questions before it is finished, thus setting the tone for the occasion.
It’s one of those good mornings when BBC Somerset call and ask me to go on air to talk politics with the excellent Emma Britton, and this morning it’s on my pet subject: The Lib Dems.
Of course they are still a big deal in Somerset (where I’m from) and bucked the trend in the Westcountry [...]
As part of our coverage of Steve Hilton’s departure from Number 10 – and the impact on the coalition’s commitment to the green agenda – I spent much of Saturday afternoon trawling through the timeline of @SteveHiltonGuru on Twitter.
Apart from discovering I was about the only person not in the Wigwam of trust, it also [...]
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