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Gordon’s ghost still haunts Prince George

Osborne’s budget is a tribute to Machiavelli – and Brown Reaction to George Osborne’s Budget has been mixed. From some sections of the press there has been predictable delight that … Continue reading

14 July 2015 · Leave a comment

David Cameron on Newsbeat shows just what this election campaign’s been missing

I’ve just watched David Cameron’s Newsbeat interview on the iPlayer and it really is very good. Go and have a look. I was alerted to it by an article in … Continue reading

22 April 2015 · Leave a comment

Borgen and the British General Election

There have been a couple of attempts to see whether Borgen, with its portrayal of mature multi-party politics can teach anything to us in the UK, which is late to … Continue reading

2 April 2015 · Leave a comment

The lucky Chancellor

Was there ever a Chancellor as lucky as George Osborne? Possibly one: Gordon Brown, who inherited from Kenneth Clarke an economy ticking along very nicely, thank you. But Osborne’s luck … Continue reading

16 March 2015 · 2 Comments

Some observations from the Conservative Conference in Birmingham

Mark Reckless and Brooks Newmark brought the Tory faithful together Lazy consensus had it that the Conservatives would be reeling after Mark Reckless’ defection and Brooks Newmark’s paisley adventure. But … Continue reading

1 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Hardworking may be the hardest word

Take a trip to the centre of Manchester between now and Wednesday and you may be greeted with this sight: That’s right. A hotel saying it’s for the hardworking – … Continue reading

29 September 2013 · 1 Comment

David Cameron and the Jennifer Aldridge school of business

I’m pretty sure that the Archers character Jennifer Aldridge is not meant to be taken seriously but her appearances last week have taken her pointlessness to a new level. She … Continue reading

10 June 2013 · 4 Comments

Why swivel gate may help Cameron rescue the Tory brand

It is said of Ed Miliband that he has a 35% strategy: reach out to the Labour heartlands and victory in 2015 will follow. There are various flaws with this … Continue reading

22 May 2013 · Leave a comment

Night Mair for Brand Boris?

Boris Johnson makes good copy. That’s why editors love him and partly why – until now – he has had a pretty easy ride from the commentariat. Until Sunday’s interview … Continue reading

26 March 2013 · 5 Comments