Peter Hennessy – Professor the Lord H to give him his full title – delivered the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture tonight, another of his brilliant essays on the office of prime minister. I couldn’t be there but I have a copy and there are some interesting things in it – apart of course from the style, wit [...]
I have commented before on how Liz Kendall, shadow minister for care and old people, seems to understand “people power” in public services, even if her boss, Andy Burnham, has departed from the true path of Blairite reform.
Anyway, she is at it again in a speech today: talking sense about giving users of care services [...]
Well, that went worse than expected. I commented on Independent Voices just before Prime Minister’s Questions that Sir John Major’s contribution to the energy prices debate had been “surprising, unhelpful”, but I assumed that David Cameron would do his last-minute cramming. That his advisers would devise and he would memorise three lines that would get [...]
Further to my updated post two weeks ago, I have another definition of a Blairite. On the left, a non-Blairite is one who responds to challenging comments, especially those pointing out that public opinion is rather more right-wing on certain subjects than they wish it were, “Why don’t you just go and join the Tory [...]
Figures on the inequality of wealth are harder to come by than those on the inequality of income. I recently commented on a welcome new official series, the Wealth and Assets Survey, which suggested that – contrary to popular myth – there had been no big change in the distribution of wealth since the 1980s. On the [...]
In our ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday yesterday, we experimented with split samples to compare people’s responses to statements that named the two largest parties with responses to those that named David Cameron and Ed Miliband.
First we asked half the sample: If they were in government, which party would you trust most to… [...]
David Cameron’s two big problems in renegotiating the terms of British membership of the EU, if he wins the election, are: 1. How to get “ever closer union” out of the EU Treaty; and 2. How to make it look as if he has curbed open immigration from other member states.
YouGov’s poll for The Sunday [...]
It could be Tristram Hunt, I suggest in The Independent on Sunday today. He has had a remarkable seven days.
My record of prediction in such matters is not good, often confusing what should happen with what will happen, and several correspondents have pointed out that it is quite unlikely that Labour will change leader before [...]
I wrote a comment at Independent Voices on Wednesday about Andrew Mitchell and Gategate which produced a delayed reaction from John McTernan, Tony Blair’s former political secretary, on Twitter on Friday. McTernan took an extreme version of position no 2 in my three-stage inconsistency, namely that Mitchell had only himself to blame.
Then Danny Finkelstein, the [...]
Labour’s lead has narrowed to three points in a poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror – the lowest for 19 months in a ComRes online poll.
Con 32% (+4)
Lab 35% (-1)
UKIP 16% (-1)
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