Time for the monthly treat from David Hayes, who writes about British politics for the Australian Inside Story.
Syria is such a hard case that not even Tony Blair advocates sending in troops. The debate is between trying to arm the democratic opposition to Assad and not trying to. (Although Blair, as usual at the leading edge, does advocate no-fly zones, which would be enforced by Nato aircraft.)
In The Independent on Sunday I [...]
Our ComRes opinion poll in today’s Independent on Sunday suggests that David Cameron, with a net minus 29-point unfavourability rating, is level with the Conservative Party, on an identical -29 points.
This marks a change, in that the Prime Minister has long been more popular than his party, and his strongest argument against the swivel-eyed tendency [...]
I wrote about Angela Merkel in The Independent on Sunday. She seems to be well placed to win re-election in the German elections in September. Her Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) are running at an average of 40 per cent in the opinion polls, while the main opposition Social Democrats, whose candidate is Peer Steinbrück, is on [...]
Apologies to Benedict Brogan, deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph, whose excellent morning briefing describes the fuss over gay marriage as “avoidable”. Avoidable how?
Then we had Tim Montgomerie and Mary Ann Sieghart on the Today programme saying that David Cameron should have come out fighting for gay marriage. “That’s what Tony Blair would have done,” [...]
Matthew d’Ancona says David Cameron’s talk is of “clearing the battlefield”. Which is a nice way of saying, “everything looks like a shambles now, but just imagine what it will be like the week after next when all this bad stuff is out of the way”.
D’Ancona reports what I had heard, which is that No [...]
That’s the blog post I would like to write – not because I am a cheerleader for the Prime Minister but because it would be a challenge. But, despite Dan Hodges’ best effort to explain why Ed Miliband has blown his chance (Times, pay wall), it doesn’t seem possible to explain how this week’s EU referendum [...]
In, of all places, The Independent on Sunday. Brendan Simms, professor of of the history of international relations at Cambridge University, argues for Nato intervention in Syria.
A Conservative told me: “David Cameron’s approval rating as prime minister is better than any previous prime minister at this point, since MORI started polling on this, apart from Tony Blair in his first term.”
That didn’t sound right to me, so I looked up the figures.
Looking at net satisfaction with the way that they were [...]
I have written for The Independent on Sunday today about David Cameron’s defence of Trident in Scotland last week. Defence policy is one of those emotive, symbolic issues on which the Conservatives seem to be getting their message sorted out. Welfare is another.
The Scottish speech was significant for Cameron’s legacy too: at the moment, he [...]
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