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Labour’s Red Princes: Opening Up The Closed Shop Of Politics

Labour’s Red Princes: Opening Up The Closed Shop Of Politics

Backbencher April 11, 2014 1

Rob Tyler argues that the widening of opportunity in the UK doesn’t extend to politics – in some ways quite the reverse Reflecting recently on the “Red Princes” of Labour, and on how all

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Politics Gets Desperate: The Floods, Scottish Independence, and Nick Clegg

Politics Gets Desperate: The Floods, Scottish Independence, and Nick Clegg

Backbencher February 21, 2014 0

Jack Wharton dissects a bizarre fortnight in UK politics It’s been a strange couple of weeks in the world of Westminster. Whilst the Prime Minster’s been away, falling over himself to be seen pointing

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Wanted: One Credible Economic Policy. In Useable Condition

Wanted: One Credible Economic Policy. In Useable Condition

Backbencher January 17, 2014 0

Michael Wilson bemoans the lack, in Labour’s current political armoury, of anything resembling a credible alternative economic policy. Back in 2011, Alistair Darling took part in an interview where he stated, quite clearly, that

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The leadership deficit in British politics

The leadership deficit in British politics

Backbencher January 1, 2014 2

James Evans bemoans a lack of strong leadership in British politics, and examines potential reasons for this. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’; this is a paradigm of western political society, credited to the

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The Rise Of The Right

The Rise Of The Right

Backbencher October 14, 2013 3

Robert Tyler argues that the Right’s recent electoral successes really are attributable to right-shifting opinion, and not mere anti-incumbency Before the German elections I wrote about my concerns about whether recent trends in elections

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British Politics: Same Old Dogs, New Old Tricks

British Politics: Same Old Dogs, New Old Tricks

Backbencher October 4, 2013 0

 Why does the UK’s Political Elite seem possessed of  apparent inability to learn anything new I’m not the bragging type. But I’m going to say it – I did forecast a return to the

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UKIP: a truly libertarian Party or just a (social) con?

UKIP: a truly libertarian Party or just a (social) con?

Alexandra Swann August 20, 2013 56

Alexandra Swann examines the current divide in UKIP between libertarians and social conservatives. UKIP’s constitution claims “UKIP is a democratic, libertarian party”, but to what extent is this true? I, for one, joined not

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Two Princes: The Spin Doctors share common ground with UK politics

Two Princes: The Spin Doctors share common ground with UK politics

Backbencher July 16, 2013 0

(Photograph courtesy of ITV News) James Evans illustrates parallels between The Spin Doctors hit single and the current state of UK politics. In The Spin Doctors’ 1993 hit single, ‘Two Princes’, two rival ‘princes’

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The Balkanisation Of British Politics

The Balkanisation Of British Politics

Lee Jenkins May 30, 2013 1

Political parties are becoming regional parties, and are ceasing to have national appeal. Through tribalism and a perceived encroachment of identity politics, parties are finding themselves locked out of some areas, whilst enjoying impenetrable

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Labour and the many faces of Miliband

Labour and the many faces of Miliband

Christopher Gage February 20, 2013 2

  The latest ComRes poll in the hideously un- Independent on Sunday should put the nagging doubts into Labour HQ’s all-too-often easy ride. It puts Ed Miliband and his Caviar Comrades just five points into the

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