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Farage, one-band man, Eagle Eye

Farage, one-band man

Nigel Farage has been vindicated. He was the first important person in UKIP to realise the significance of proportional representation when it was introduced for the 1999 European Parliament election, according to Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin in Revolt on the Right.
Farage became chairman of the party in his mid-30s after Alan Sked, the founding [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 26 May 2014 at 8:44 pm

The Crutch and the Wound, Eagle Eye

The Crutch and the Wound

Ed Miliband has gained one group of voters and David Cameron has lost another: my column for The Independent on Sunday looked at how the two leaders have dealt with their respective defectors, incoming and outgoing. I cited an analysis by David Cowling, the BBC’s polling analyst, which said:
Two groups have shaped voting intention opinion [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 12 May 2014 at 11:46 am

That’s enough self-loathing from the hard-working political class, Eagle Eye

That’s enough self-loathing from the hard-working political class

Janan Ganesh’s column in the Financial Times today is quite outstanding. It could be a set text for students of politics, philosophy or of English. But it should be read now for its defence of the boring compromises of politics against the easy attractions of those, such as the Farageistes, who enjoy the luxury of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 8:59 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

“I thought he would be no good, but actually he has surprised me a bit”, Eagle Eye

“I thought he would be no good, but actually he has surprised me a bit”

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 5 October 2013 at 1:57 pm

Farage, just another pol, Eagle Eye

Farage, just another pol

Rupert Murdoch has long had a low opinion of David Cameron, although they had something of a rapprochement before the last election when Cameron dropped in on Murdoch’s yacht Rosehearty in the Mediterranean. So Murdoch’s dinner with Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, on Tuesday was a calculated insult to the Prime Minister.
That is intriguing.
But Farage’s eagerness [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 March 2013 at 11:22 am

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