It is not as if the response to the Budget is so very difficult.
All Ed Miliband had to do was to remember one of Matthew Parris’s parliamentary sketches of the early Blair:
He tweaked this, prodded that, inspected the teeth of a clause or two – and pronounced that it did not pass muster. It was all [...]
This is a cross-post by Martin H from Politics Is Moral Psychology.
In the many obituaries published last week for Tony Benn much was made of his personal warmth, charm and honesty, his conviction politics and his singular commitment to a particular brand of left wing politics, still not reconciled to capitalism. His convictions were on [...]
My Top 10 in The New Review, The Independent on Sunday magazine, on Sunday was mixed metaphors. The best was possibly Ernest Bevin’s:
I don’t like it. When you open that Pandora’s box, you will find it full of Trojan horses.
This was supplied by the great and wondrous Francis Wheen, at whose feet I learned depressingly [...]
Those of us on the moderate left have an uneasy relationship with the Guardian. It should be our natural home, a place for woolly liberals to communally wring our hands, and this is indeed the image “Guardian reader” once called to mind; the lentil-friendly constituency most memorably (and damningly) satirised in the work of Posy [...]
I may have been wrong about “peak UKIP”. I wrote recently that, having failed to come up with a sensational by-election win, of the kind that delivered the oxygen of publicity to the Liberals, the SDP and the Lib Dems in their years of trying to break up the two-party system, UKIP would probably come [...]
Tom McNally, political secretary to James Callaghan, Labour MP 1979-81, SDP 1981-83, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Justice Minister until last year, to the Mile End Group in December 2006:
One of the reasons why I want to live a long life is to be around when Wedgie pops his [...]
Ed Balls was on The Andrew Marr Show this morning. He had a nice line about learning from experience, trying to turn his service in Gordon Brown’s government to his advantage:
I’ve made mistakes as well. We should have been tougher on regulating the banks when George Osborne kept telling me I was being too tough. [...]
The UK Independence Party is on course to win the largest share of the vote in the European Parliament elections in May, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror.
UKIP 30% (+3)
Lab 28% (+5)
Michael Gove’s former special adviser, Dominic Cummings, has written a blog post about why he thinks Nick Clegg’s plan to provide free school lunches for all younger primary-school pupils is a “gimmick”.
Gove himself now pretends it is a marvellous idea, and it is true that it has some merit, mainly that it removes a means [...]
We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Several recent polls have suggested a tightening of the Labour lead (ICM three points, Ipsos MORI three points, YouGov five points, Populus one point), so it will be interesting to see what ComRes’s online series has to say.
Also, we [...]
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