David Cameron’s “problem with women voters” – widely reported two years ago – was based on a misreading of opinion polls, according to new research. At the time, the Prime Minister was criticised for telling Angela Eagle, the Labour frontbencher, to “calm down, dear”, and for joking that Nadine Dorries, a Tory backbencher, was “extremely frustrated”. Yvette [...]
Fair to say that there has been some customer resistance to the idea that disposable incomes have become more equally distributed since David Cameron became Prime Minister, which he claimed in the House of Commons yesterday and about which I wrote for Independent Voices and here.
Commenters below the line simply refuse to believe the evidence. [...]
Rationalising the green taxes on energy bills hardly contradicts David Cameron’s claim to lead the “greenest government ever”. Matthew d’Ancona, Andrew Rawnsley and James Forsyth today report Nick Clegg’s synthetic fury at the Prime Minister’s surprise promise to “roll back” green taxes.
But green levies on gas and electricity bills are a mess, as The Independent [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
About whom did one voter make that comment?
The Times has put the transcript of a focus group it commissioned from YouGov on its website (on a tab on the story here, pay wall). Good focus-group material is hard to come by, and anyone registered as at risk of Westminster bubbleitis should read it all.
The group [...]
I mentioned profit margins in the energy industry in my column in The Independent on Sunday. I pointed out that margins were not high, although they had risen at the end of last year and start of this one, “from being a bit lower than those typical of supermarket companies to being a bit higher”.
David Cameron says some startlingly strange things sometimes. Today he told Andrew Marr (glad he’s back, by the way):
Other people can sign up to an ever closer union, but Britain should not be in an ever closer union. I’m determined to make sure we get out of that.
“Other people can”? The British people have. The [...]
David Cameron, in his interview with Matthew d’Ancona and Ian MacGregor:
There must be quite a lot of people who believe in a free market economy, who want a compassionate society, who support properly run public services, who used to have a home in Labour and don’t any more.
I like the speculative, almost wistful, “there must [...]
My column for The Independent on Sunday today is about David Cameron’s short temper. I knew he goes red easily, which is why Ed Miliband has that (slightly incomprehensible) “The crimson tide is back” line at Prime Minister’s Questions; that he sometimes seems petulant; and that he has an impulsive tendency to the low blow.
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