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 [...]
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Hayes quotes from father Ralph Miliband’s unpublished autobiography, “I have moved within a rather narrow spectrum, in some ways very narrow indeed,” and says: “The observation is even more true of his younger [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Some Conservatives and their crypto-Tory running-dog fellow-travellers persist in suggesting that Ed Miliband’s Brave & Right™ reforms of Labour-union links will give more power in the party to trade union general secretaries. Iain Martin in The Sunday Telegraph is the latest to make this mistake.
The immediate effect of the new rules is not to change [...]
As Labour’s National Executive meets, it seems there may now be three categories of voter in future leadership elections
The Labour leader tonight confirms that he will support the change to the rules of future party leadership elections which I outlined in The Independent on Sunday. Some fellow Blairites have been worried that there must be a catch: that the trade union leaders could not really have been persuaded to give up the leverage [...]
New Liberalism’s practitioners, primarily a young and vigorous Home Secretary named Winston Churchill, and David Lloyd George at the Treasury, delighted in taking on vested interests
Russell Brand was doing his anti-politics thing on Jonathan Ross’s show on Saturday (about nine minutes in). “We are not properly represented,” he said.
“Something’s gone wrong” if David Cameron and George Osborne are in charge, he said. They look “porcine and bloated” and remind him of the pigs in Animal Farm.
What about the others? asked [...]
I welcomed Ed Miliband’s speech on the economy, for its small mercies, in The Independent on Sunday. Perhaps I was ungenerous. I should have said more forcefully that policies to foster more competition are an excellent idea. This is market socialism. Or, as Stewart Wood, Miliband’s shadow-cabinet ideas person, puts it, populist Republicanism for the little [...]
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