After a summer of speculation about the possibility of Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, riding to the rescue of, say, a dozen Liberal Democrat seats by taking over the party leadership before the next election, he had the chance to show what he is made of in a speech at the Cass Business School last [...]
It is the last full day of the Labour conference and despite a full timetable of events, there is an end of term feel to proceedings.
Labour is only four points ahead of the Conservatives, the lowest lead in any opinion poll since April, in the latest ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow.
Conservative 35% (+2)
Labour 39% (-3)
Lib Dem 10% (0)
Capping the award for unfair dismissals at one year’s salary would be a sensible move. This, combined with payments employees will be required to make when bringing a claim, should be enough to put off most spurious claims.
Another opinion poll suggests that Ed Miliband is a drag on Labour. Last month YouGov ran a poll asking people how they would vote if Boris Johnson were leader of the Conservatives. Now ComRes for The Independent tomorrow asks how people would vote if Vince Cable were leader of the Liberal Democrats.
In each case, the [...]
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Some economists argue that monetary policy is proving ineffective at getting us out of this present malaise because the Bank of England is failing to do enough stimulus, or, more importantly, failing to make it clear to the public and financial markets that it will do enough.
David Cameron is an instinctive politician. He didn’t mean to call Ed Balls a “muttering idiot” at Prime Minister’s Questions – David Wooding reports that he said to George Osborne immediately, “I can’t help it”, and Norman Lamont, his former boss, told BBC Radio 4 World At One: “He can be quite volatile. It makes him [...]
It’s been quite a weekend in New Delhi. India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee presented a desperately ineffectual and unimaginative Budget on Friday, and then failed to turn up at India Today magazine’s annual conclave yesterday (Saturday) morning, where he was billed to be the first speaker.
He withdrew not because he was too busy or had [...]
It’s one of those good mornings when BBC Somerset call and ask me to go on air to talk politics with the excellent Emma Britton, and this morning it’s on my pet subject: The Lib Dems.
Of course they are still a big deal in Somerset (where I’m from) and bucked the trend in the Westcountry [...]
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