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Beyond ‘Brexit means Brexit’: report from the Conservative conference

This ‘real Conservative’ government could be a Labour/Ukip coalition

6 October 2016 · Leave a comment

Book review: Walk with us – How The West Wing changed our lives, edited by Claire Handscombe

Portrayal of a fandom

15 September 2016 · Leave a comment

Book review: One Minute to Ten by Dan Hodges

A book for people who think that politics and politicians are a bit rubbish

6 September 2016 · 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

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

Some observations from Labour Conference in Manchester

It’s a shame Ed Miliband doesn’t read this blog I wrote last year that it was time to step behind the lectern and concentrate on the content, not the rote learning. … Continue reading

27 September 2014 · Leave a comment

Ed Miliband is right: reform of PMQs is badly needed

So Ed Miliband wants PMQs to be reformed, and partly replaced by public questioning of the PM. He’s not wrong. Although Prime Minister’s Questions are much loved by the party … Continue reading

28 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Crash and Byrne: Liam never recovered from his Ratner moment

There’s been much talk about how Liam Byrne’s demotion from Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet stems from his status as a Blairite. I say ‘much talk’ though I really mean a … Continue reading

7 October 2013 · Leave a comment

10 thoughts on Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour conference

It’s time to ditch the ‘speaking without notes’ gimmick. Last year, it was fresh and unexpected. This year, I’m not sure that the hours of practice couldn’t have been better … Continue reading

25 September 2013 · 2 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

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