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I am baffled by the Labour leadership’s policy on votes for criminals. You can either be against giving criminals the vote or, if you are a principled eccentric, for it. I do not see how you can not take a view.
I can even understand, although I do not agree with it, why the Government decided [...]
Ed Miliband should make the Blond critique that the Big Society is being undermined by a Treasury and Local Government Department that are more interested in slashing spending and maintaining control of the purse purse strings than empowering communities.
America’s time as an international broker for peace may be coming to an end. Their influence may be dwindling in the face of economic weakness and hollers of a return to isolationism at home, and an increasingly strong, if quiet, voice from the Far East. There may only be one act left in the play [...]
‘It is not illegal for a publican to subscribe to a foreign broadcaster. The issue in the Portsmouth case is whether it’s legal to screen it in public’
Having resigned in disgust over the bankers’ deal with the Government, the Lib Dems’ former Treasury spokesman in the Lords may take on the saintly Vince’s old mantle as the voice of reason and decency on the banks.
No surprise the Bank kept rates at 0.5 per cent. The real question is when the next rise will come. I still incline to November, but May and August are real runners too – all months when the bank publishes fresh inflation and growth forecast and has the opportunity to explain itself.
Meanwhile expect inflation to [...]
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