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Is Labour’s route to regaining national trust through ‘foreign policy’?

Tue 21 August 2012, 7:09pm

Tweet One way of looking at the 2010 UK general election is that it was one that Labour needed to lose, but as many Tories look back on the 1992 election on the one they might similarly have better lost. Ah but, history never quite repeats itself in the same way twice… Janan Ganesh in […] more »

Cameron: “it’s local politicians who have to deliver on that”.

Wed 1 August 2012, 9:37pm

Tweet Prime Minister David Cameron was in Northern Ireland today, as part of a UK-wide tour to promote the Olympics.  But despite their recent complaints, neither the NI First and deputy First Ministers appear to have been able to schedule a meeting.  According to Martina Purdy, The first and deputy first ministers were not on hand to meet […] more »

Can Cameron get beyond “jejune policy and serial incoherence”?

Tue 8 May 2012, 10:18am

Tweet I offer this as an addendum to Turgon’s piece… First, Matthew Parris in the Times on Saturday… To Mr Cameron’s critics first. Spare us, please, every sentence with the words, “bedrock”, “core”, and “traditional supporters”, abiding values or “traditional conservatism” in it. What do these words mean – what in terms of doable legislation […] more »

The Coalition’s woes: mid term blues or the times they are a changing?

Mon 7 May 2012, 7:51pm

Tweet The backlash to the Labour gains in the council elections seems to be continuing. Some such as William Hague have tired to write the election results off as a typical mid term result (and to be fair although good for Labour they were not a Tory melt down) but others are more concerned. The […] more »

The omni shambles and Labour’s difficulty capatilising

Sat 28 April 2012, 3:52pm

Tweet The omni shambles which is the current government seems to continue. I mentioned the disaster which was the budget and the spin surrounding it recently. Jeremy Hunt and his special advisor have yet again shone a spotlight on the relationship between Rupert Murdock’s media empire and politicians (though of course the Tories were far […] more »

Coalition trials and tribulations over budget

Wed 18 April 2012, 9:59pm

Tweet The coalition have been having a few weeks of pretty bad media storms. There was the fuel crisis that never was when the government in trying to make people prepare for a possible crisis managed to create one. The government may have thought they were preparing themselves like a mini version of the Thatcher […] more »

“….some senior Conservatives are privately starting to wonder…”

Mon 16 April 2012, 3:44pm

Tweet In case you missed it over the weekend, James Kirkup has done some digging into the workings of No 10 and finds that one of Cameron’s failings is that he’s just not political enough (for his many critics): Because Mr Cameron’s team is not regularly involved (meddling, some would say) in the daily work […] more »

“I am delighted to hear that the people of Northern Ireland are the happiest in the United Kingdom”

Wed 29 February 2012, 6:05pm

Tweet Some good news!  [Peter Robinson will be pleased - Ed]  Possibly…  According to the Office of National Statistics’ analysis of experimental subjective well-being data from the Annual Population Survey, April to September 2011, the people of Northern Ireland are the happiest in the United Kingdom.  In fact the, admittedly subjective, data reveals that the […] more »

Unionist forces begin to muster

Thu 12 January 2012, 10:12am

Tweet So it’s game on for the early rounds of the referendum campaign. The Westminster government says Alex Salmond can have a binding referendum provided he sticks to a Yes, No question on independence.   No fudging over devo max. The UK parties are uniting to save the Union, although the others would like Cameron and the […] more »

David Cameron boardroom pay and putdowns

Tue 10 January 2012, 9:56pm

Tweet The coverage of David Cameron’s views on any Scottish independence referendum have been analysed in detail. Those comments did rather eclipse the coverage of his interview with the Sunday Telegraph. The Telegraph is obviously the most pro Tory of the broadsheets but they do seem to be even more sympathetic than usual in their […] more »

Cameron’s battle with the European beast makes EU less unpopular?

Tue 20 December 2011, 11:17am

Tweet Much has been made of the veto bounce for David Cameron. You find it most dramatically in the ICM poll which filters rigourously for likelihood to vote (and already had the Tories in the lead). In fact the detail in some of the polls suggest that the Tory bounce has been in part a […] more »

Cameron needs to review and politicise his government’s negotiating effort…

Mon 19 December 2011, 5:05pm

Tweet It’s an odd twist of fate whereby we face a situation in which most of Ireland ought to be putting some store on David Cameron’s (albeit abortive) attempt to renegotiate a better and more fitting solution to the solvency problems of the currency that no lender of last resort it seems can be made […] more »

The problem of communicating DC to DC?

Mon 19 December 2011, 6:54am

Tweet Matthew d’Ancona, a friend and admirer of the late Christopher Hitchens, reaches for one of the few times he had ever spoken on the subject of David Cameron: “He seems content-free to me. Never had a job, except in PR, and it shows. People ask, ‘What do you think of him?’ My answer is: […] more »

Lib Dems firmly locked into an executive they have no control of…

Wed 14 December 2011, 12:09pm

Tweet I see Mike Smithson’s taking advantage of the Tories’ two per cent poll lead over Labour to call into question the future of Ed Milliband. However, that question has always been there. He’s simply not rated as a political operator, even by own his party’s footsoldiers at Westminster. If anything the mystery has been […] more »

Euro crisis: “Anyone who claims to know what is about to happen to Europe is a fool.”

Wed 14 December 2011, 11:56am
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Tweet In the Guardian, Simon Jenkins identifies a key point missing from most analysis of the aftermath of the EU crisis summit.  From the Guardian article Anyone who claims to know what is about to happen to Europe is a fool. An unprecedented collapse in world credit has hit against years of reckless state borrowing […] more »

Screw EU!

Tue 13 December 2011, 5:32pm
CAMERON - screw EU!

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Is Britain’s ‘Gentleman’ Prime Minister now set up for a fall by Euro ‘Players’?

Sun 11 December 2011, 3:43pm

Tweet Will Hutton tricks out a nasty diplomatic undertow to his walkout. If things go belly up with the Euro, not only will the UK suffer economically, it may get the blame for it not working: Worse, we have made it significantly harder for the 17 members of the eurozone rapidly to put in place […] more »

Scotland Referendum – Cameron starts his play…

Fri 11 November 2011, 5:24am

Tweet I’ve been expecting something for a while but perhaps not exactly this (from the Indie): David Cameron is considering a UK-led referendum on Scottish independence to prevent the Scottish Nationalists from setting the terms, question and timing to suit themselves, British government ministers admitted yesterday. That might be a bit of a red herring […] more »

Cameron’s decision on Finucane case insults family, betrays us all

Tue 11 October 2011, 5:58pm

Tweet When a lawyer is murdered in any country, it should be a matter of great public concern, seen rightly as an attack on the entire legal system. When there is clear evidence pointing towards the collusion of a range of agents of the State in that murder, then the mood should become one of […] more »

Those English riots and the ideological conclusions that followed…

Fri 19 August 2011, 12:15pm

Tweet Hands up, I’ve no idea what caused the English riots of a few weeks ago. Partly because I was in North Wales, intentionally as far from t’Internet as I could bearably go. But also, there was nothing evidently causal you could point to, as you could in the early eighties, when union versus government […] more »

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