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All Out War, by Tim Shipman: a remainer’s review

Vivid, energetic, gloomy.

30 January 2017 · 7 Comments

Politics in crisis: the role of the polls

Polls are taking on a life of their own. It isn’t their fault.

10 November 2016 · Leave a comment

After Brexit – five questions for the Labour party

It’s down to tactics now, as the Labour leadership struggle rumbles on. Angela Eagle is, we hear, poised to strike. Personally, I’d advise that Ms Eagle and Mr Smith make … Continue reading

4 July 2016 · Leave a comment

The answer from where extra flood defence money should come is obvious

Defence begins at home

29 December 2015 · 1 Comment

A venomous but non-fatal sting: the Hornet’s Nest report is fundamentally flawed

No analysis, no argument, just assertion: A Hornet’s Nest is a bad piece of work

23 December 2015 · 3 Comments

Postcard from Manchester: the only way is down

If you follow these kinds of things, you’ll already know that the Tories made a rather serious pitch for the centre ground, and that David Cameron’s potential successors have already … Continue reading

13 October 2015 · 1 Comment

The Labour Party gets simultaneously larger and smaller

Day 23 of the ‘new politics’, but the old rules are still in play and Labour continues to shrink. Not numerically, as membership simultaneously grows, but in terms of the … Continue reading

6 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Postcard from Brighton: Mods vs rockers at the Labour Party Conference

Two angry tribes met earlier this week in Brighton. The rockers arrived with a swagger, buoyed up with their leadership win. No one really knew how the vanquished mods would … Continue reading

2 October 2015 · 1 Comment

Let’s talk about trains

The Labour party have announced their intention to take Train Operating Companies (TOCs) into public control, thus effectively nationalising them. The move is more honest and practical than their previous … Continue reading

28 September 2015 · Leave a comment

Heidi high: what Alexander’s appointment means for politics under Corbyn

One of the big question marks over Andy Burnham’s Labour leadership bid was over his performance in the Health brief. He did well enough (or Lansley did badly enough) for … Continue reading

14 September 2015 · Leave a comment

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