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Eton fags not the only ones looking forward to life under Dave

Posted on 27 April 2010 | 3:04pm

Sometimes it is the little things that signal the kind of big change Britain will undergo if we get a Tory government. When I say little, I mean not the driving issues of the economy and the future of schools and hospitals (safer under Labour on all counts) but the sometimes symbolic changes that indicate something […]

Guest blog from a candidate in Tory-Lib council land

Posted on 27 April 2010 | 9:04am

Georgia Gould, a young Labour activist who sought to be a Labour candidate in Erith and Thamesmead, is standing for the party in Camden council elections. After hearing some of her stories about the way the Tories and the Lib Dems work together, I asked her to write a guest blog. Here it is. Who […]

Only one leader talking policy today amid confused Tory tactics

Posted on 26 April 2010 | 7:04pm

I’m a bit confused about Tory tactics (as opposed to their non-existent or at least ever-changing strategy). This morning the Tory talk was of a collapsing Labour vote which meant that they could extend their list of target seats long enough to be contemplating something close to the landslide type swing enjoyed by TB in ’97. […]

Clegg over-reach and cuddle up to Cameron both mistakes

Posted on 26 April 2010 | 11:04am

I wonder if Nick Clegg is not beginning to over-reach himself in stepping up the kind of demands he would make in support of either a Tory or Labour Prime Minister. It is of course in his interests to keep the focus as much on process as on policy, because it is the former that […]

Exposed: Tories and Lib Dems desperate to avoid policy debate

Posted on 25 April 2010 | 3:04pm

If ever anything showed the Tory and Lib Dem fear of having a serious debate on substance it is the outcome of three-party discussions about a joint plea to broadcasters to do more policy and less process. As of last night, senior people in the three parties agreed  there was considerable merit in the idea […]

On Elvis, soft Lib Dems, Tory unfairness and silly Labour briefings

Posted on 25 April 2010 | 9:04am

First of all many thanks to Mark Wright aka Elvis for putting a bit of life into the campaign coverage yesterday. ‘Best pictures of the campaign so far,’ said ITV’s reporter, so we will live with that, especially as they got GB to the top of the news talking about the future of the NHS. […]

Feeding defeat talk waste of time. Fight to win

Posted on 24 April 2010 | 10:04am

One of the interesting things about moving in and out of the politico-media bubble is to see the extent to which though the world has changed since I was at it full-time, a lot of the political habits I came to reject have not. David Cameron once described GB as an analog politician in a […]

Even their own polls say GB did better than they’re saying

Posted on 23 April 2010 | 3:04pm

One of the broadcasters told one of GB’s aides last night that David Cameron ‘won’ the second leaders’ TV debate. Fine, you might think. The guy’s entitled to his opinion, and that was what he thought. The only problem is – he said it just after 6pm, well before the debate took place. What he […]

Now let’s have less process more policy

Posted on 23 April 2010 | 10:04am

As it was not the first, perhaps last night’s TV debate was not as exciting as the one last week, but it was nonetheless an enjoyable and illuminating ninety minutes. In the so-called spin room afterwards, as I declared GB the winner, Channel 4’s highly intelligent political editor Gary Gibbon asked me whether, had I […]

Press Clegg-bashing not helping Cameron. Debate should be on policy

Posted on 22 April 2010 | 12:04pm

As the Tories encourage the papers to savage Nick Clegg any which way they can, it is worth remembering that they have been doing much the same to Gordon Brown for months, backed by one of the biggest and most personal poster campaigns in history. Has it helped David Cameron? Not much. His and his […]