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Good sense from Osborne, Eagle Eye

Good sense from Osborne

The Chancellor has just delivered a thoughtful speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. I thought this section, rebutting Ed Miliband’s “broken link” and “hollowed out middle” theses, was clear and persuasive:
I believe that if we reward hard work and support people’s aspirations to provide a better life for their family then there is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 April 2014 at 8:56 pm

Ed Miliband’s Big Speech, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband’s Big Speech

I cannot make up my mind whether what Ed Miliband is proposing is so vacuous that it wouldn’t matter if he led a government, or if such woolly thinking would be dangerous.
He does us a favour in his big speech today of summarising his economic policy succinctly:
We need to see more good quality middle income [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 at 12:20 pm

Who will stop clapping first?, Eagle Eye

Who will stop clapping first?

The more I think about it, the more damning this passage in my esteemed colleague Steve Richards’s New Statesman article about Ed Miliband seems:
Nearly all those who work for Miliband are dependent on his patronage. He chose them and they are pleased to be close to him. They do not want to say things that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 4 April 2014 at 9:39 pm

“Nothing wrong with being a bit weird”, Eagle Eye

“Nothing wrong with being a bit weird”

Lance Price, former press officer for Tony Blair, advises Ed Miliband in The Guardian:
Like most politicians, Miliband is at his best when he is himself. The problem lies not in his presentation but in the sense that too often comes through that, either he hasn’t made up his mind on an issue, or if he [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 3 April 2014 at 11:25 am

“Rocks on which hopes of Mr Miliband will be dashed”, Eagle Eye

“Rocks on which hopes of Mr Miliband will be dashed”

Philip Collins in today’s Times (pay wall) says the Budget revealed Labour’s weakness:
The most calamitous error, from which there has never been a clear way back, was not to concede, early and clearly, that Labour had carried on spending long after retrenchment was needed. Refusing to admit any culpability at all gave Mr Osborne the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 10:07 am

How to Respond to a Budget, Eagle Eye

How to Respond to a Budget

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 9:39 pm

Why the TV debates won’t happen, Eagle Eye

Why the TV debates won’t happen

I have predicted in The Independent on Sunday today that the televised leaders’ debates, which took place for the first time in the last general election campaign, will not happen next time.
The Labour Party tried to get the TV debates story going over the quiet news period of Christmas and New Year, as The Guardian reported, but [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 23 February 2014 at 2:48 pm

Ed Miliband, of the high metropolitan left, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband, of the high metropolitan left

David Hayes of Inside Story returns to British politics to “dig deep” into Ed Miliband as a possible prime minister, and then “stand back”.
Hayes quotes from father Ralph Miliband’s unpublished autobiography, “I have moved within a rather narrow spectrum, in some ways very narrow indeed,” and says: “The observation is even more true of his younger [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 22 February 2014 at 11:55 am

Ed Davey vs Ed Miliband, round 94, Eagle Eye

Ed Davey vs Ed Miliband, round 94

Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, gave a speech at the progressive think tank, IPPR, last week, which was reported as an attack on climate-change sceptics in the Conservative Party. In fact, what was striking about it was its warmth towards mainstream Tories and the strength of the attack on Ed [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 2:10 pm

Miliband Plays Politics with Floods, Eagle Eye

Miliband Plays Politics with Floods

Ed Miliband in his interview in The Observer today accuses David Cameron of appearing to retreat from his support for the green cause.
That is rich coming from someone who has done so much to undermine policies to reduce climate change with his promise to freeze energy prices. The Financial Times carries almost daily reports of international [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 February 2014 at 3:25 pm

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