Ed Balls has had a rough week. I think he got the response to the Autumn Statement wrong, not because he shouted but because the trick should be to make George Osborne look like a student politician who is making it up as he goes along.
I’m not saying I could do it, but I would [...]
It was pointed out after Ed Miliband’s conference speech that his price freeze gimmick had put investment in green energy at risk. And so it is proving. RWE, one of the big six energy companies, has pulled out of the planned Atlantic Array wind farm off the north Devon coast.
It doesn’t take military-strength decryption to [...]
Our text of the week is Torsten Bell’s email to Greg Beales and others, as published by the Mail on Sunday:
As an example of why we’re having problems on EB messaging – this is his current three-part argument:
Cost of living
Recovery built to last
Economy works for working people
There has been a lot of comment about this, [...]
Glorious from Philip Collins in The Times (pay wall):
It has long been my belief, metaphorically if not until now literally, that the modernisation of the Labour Party would never be complete until it were ready to be led by someone called Tristram. The party has had a Clement before and, on the principle that if [...]
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 [...]
It could be Tristram Hunt, I suggest in The Independent on Sunday today. He has had a remarkable seven days.
My record of prediction in such matters is not good, often confusing what should happen with what will happen, and several correspondents have pointed out that it is quite unlikely that Labour will change leader before [...]
I was two notches too harsh on Ed Miliband in my assessment of his reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet in my column for The Independent on Sunday.
After it had gone to press, Tristram Hunt, the new shadow Education Secretary (pictured), said he was on the side of parents who want to set up schools, and [...]
With one line in his party conference speech, Ed Miliband may have destroyed what he achieved as Energy and Climate Change Secretary:
The next Labour government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017.
His pledge cut through the media clutter, and forced David Cameron to respond. Despite the policy’s relative unpopularity – it is [...]
Magnificent from Philip Collins in The Times today (pay wall) on how unhelpful “Blairite” has become as a label. As he says, for Labour “to turn its most successful politician into an epithet of abuse is … an act of quite astonishing self-immolation”.
Nor is it quite right any longer to define the division at the [...]
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 [...]
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