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Black hole plus DIY public services – Cameron’s second manifesto

Posted on 13 April 2010 | 10:04am

So the Big Idea is that we can run our own lives. Apparently it is going to lead to a Big Society. And that is going to be really really nice. Not nasty like Thatcherism. Not nasty like the manifesto David Cameron wrote for Michael Howard in 2005. Like a lot that David Cameron says, […]

Never mind 5 more years of GB. It’s three more weeks of DC people worry about

Posted on 12 April 2010 | 11:04am

We’re at that stage of the football season players and managers call ‘the business end’. In election campaigns, the business end comes earlier in the cycle, with the launch of the manifestoes, Labour’s today, the Tories’ tomorrow, then the Lib Dems. It has been interesting to dip in and out of the papers and online […]

Ashdown spot on about Tories’ Sarah Palin moment

Posted on 11 April 2010 | 12:04pm

What a joy to turn on the BBC this morning and see Michael Howard on the Andrew Marr sofa. More, more, more please. Looking at twitter it’s clear I was not alone in thinking that the former Tory leader is a good reminder of what Tories are really like as David Cameron poses round the […]

London Marathon the best of British

Posted on 10 April 2010 | 12:04pm

An election free blog! How’s that for variety? Oh ok, the Tories’ plans on National Insurance Contributions are unravelling, and Brown and Darling have more economic credibility in their eyebrows than Cameron and Osborne possess in the entirety of their Bullingdon brains. But that is all I am saying on the election. Vote Labour to […]

Pressure needs to be kept on Tories over NICs

Posted on 9 April 2010 | 1:04pm

One of my rules of political communications is that just as the politicians are getting tired of saying something, and the media are getting bored of hearing them say it, is the point at which you have to keep going with an argument. That is where we are right now in relation to National Insurance […]

Tories wrong on recession wrong on recovery

Posted on 8 April 2010 | 11:04am

For the nth time, I will point out the difference between strategy and tactics and suggest that David Cameron and George Osborne are rather better at the latter than the former. Watching Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling and Peter Mandelson take apart the Tories’ National Insurance deception – glad to see they were calling a spade […]

Cameron’s deception goes beyond the businessmen

Posted on 7 April 2010 | 7:04pm

I said on the day the first group of businessmen came out in favour of tackling waste over raising National Insurance that nobody should be remotely surprised that businessmen prefer tackling waste to raising National Insurance. The deception of the businessmen, and of the British people, lies in the Tories’ continued failure to spell out how their plan […]

Labour’s greater scope for positive campaign

Posted on 6 April 2010 | 1:04pm

They may have been speaking without notes, but the first speeches after the official announcement of the campaign represented an important moment, and the party leaders will have thought long and hard about every word they said. So what we can gather from those speeches are the key arguments, and also the tone, of the […]

Cameron uncut – message matters more than money

Posted on 5 April 2010 | 11:04am

As people weigh up the relative experience of the party leaders, it is worth remembering that after Eton and Bullingdon College Oxford, David Cameron’s experience has been as an advisor to Black Wednesday Chancellor Norman Lamont and a spin doctor to a TV station. I will spare the Tories on here the need to ask […]

Key election questions remain the same and the answer is still Labour

Posted on 4 April 2010 | 5:04pm

The central questions in the forthcoming election campaign remain the same, and so do the answers. On the question of which party is best able to meet the challenges facing Britain, which party has the experience and the judgement and strength in depth to secure the recovery, which party has a policy agenda for the […]