Category Archives: Politics

  1. The test of constitutional changes is to imagine them in the hands of your political enemies

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    December 20, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes it’s the parts of the Queen’s speech that attract the least headlines that are most significant. The ‘review’ of …
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  2. The two Tony Blair errors that helped worsen Labour’s defeat

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    December 19, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Labour didn’t lose their Northern heartland seats overnight on December 12th and 13th. They lost them when Tony Blair took …
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  3. The Liberal Democrats – where did it all go wrong?

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    December 18, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrats snatched an almost existential defeat from the jaws of relative victory with a combination of policy and …
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  4. How do the SNP achieve a second independence referendum?

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    December 17, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whilst it is definitely Scotland’s decision on whether or not to leave the union, it is legally and constitutionally not …
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  5. Why Sir Keir Starmer should be the next Labour leader

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    December 16, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    With no election until 2024, the Labour Party’s main role in our political system is to provide effective opposition. With …
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  6. Winning in Putney and losing in Durham North West sums up the failures of Labour’ campaign.

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    December 13, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Among the many results in this election that showed how Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have redrawn the electoral landscape …
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  7. How the Remain Alliance failed whilst the Leave Alliance won

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    December 13, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    From the start of the election campaign, there was a concerted attempt to form a ‘Remain Alliance’, encompassing the Liberal …
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  8. How a large Boris Johnson majority may maybe make his political programme less extreme.

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    December 13, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    A large majority means a few things. It puts Boris Johnson in an extremely strong position with his party and …
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  9. The Exit Poll drops: What does it mean?

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    December 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    IF the exit poll is correct, the Conservatives have a stonking majority. Labour have their worst result since 1935. The …
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  10. Why you must watch the #election2019 exit poll result at 10pm tonight

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    December 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    At 9:59pm, a lot of people will think they might have a chance at Downing Street. One minute later, they …
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  11. The Goldblog guide to what to watch for on #election2019 night

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    December 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    If, like me, you are staying up for election night, it might be useful to know what you are looking …
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  12. Do politicians lie because no voter wants to hear the truth?

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    December 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Until voters are prepared to hear the unvarnished truth, politicians would be irrational to give it to them. We will …
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  13. The Goldblog guide to whom you should vote for at #election2019 if you are wavering

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    December 11, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Here is my advice for 10 groups of wavering voters not sure what to do. Do leave me a comment …
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  14. What’s happened to the Brexit Party in #election2019 shows how our electoral system is undemocratic and unrepresentative and should change

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    December 10, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Brexit Party won the last national election but is effectively unable to compete in this General Election. For this, …
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  15. How the YouGov MRP poll changed this election

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    December 9, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The YouGov MRP poll released two weeks ago appears to have massively influenced the election campaign. It may have led …
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  16. Why Liberals winning means the Liberal Democrats lose

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    December 6, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The triumph of Liberalism as an ideology in terms of the policies adopted by Labour and the Conservatives has simply …
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  17. Parliament didn’t block Brexit. Boris paused Brexit

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    December 5, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Boris Johnson’s deal passed its second reading in Parliament. Yet the Conservative campaign is centred around Parliament blocking Brexit. Odd. …
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  18. Boris Johnson refusing to be interviewed by Andrew Neil was an avoidable own goal for the BBC

    December 4, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The BBC has to be impartial. Therefore, what it does shouldn’t swing an election. To have interviewed and aired the …
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  19. Usman Khan – issues like rehabilitation and the human rights of terrorists can only be solved with cross-party consensus

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    December 3, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The story of how Usman Khan came to be released onto the streets and arriving at a conference on prisoner …
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  20. On the question of alleged anti-semitism in Labour

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    December 2, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Us Jews are meant to be united on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn, and by extension the Labour Party, …
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  21. Explaining Labour’s immigration confusion

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    November 29, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the absence of a sensible debate about immigration, the Tories having a policy that might control it is attracting …
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  22. Why the #Brexit deal is so important to #election2019

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    November 28, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Going into an election in which the Tories can tell potential Brexit Party voters they have a deal to leave …
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  23. Why the importance of this Conservative manifesto is that it is the only one likely to be delivered

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    November 27, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve read the manifestos so you don’t have to. As the only political party with a realistic chance of getting …
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  24. Labour’s ‘kitchen sink’ manifesto shows they don’t think they will win

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    November 26, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve read the Manifestos so you don’t have to. Kudos to the Labour party, who have been completely honest about …
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  25. Why Corbyn’s neutral Brexit stance IS leadership. Particularly compared to David Cameron.

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    November 25, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    At last Jeremy Corbyn has explained his Brexit position in a way that makes sense. On the BBC’s Question Time …
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  26. The Liberal Democrat Manifesto – the last gasp for a party that has run out of ideas?

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    November 22, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’m reading the party manifestos so you don’t have to. Here’s the Liberal Democrats So, the Liberal Democrats have released …
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  27. The Green Party Manifesto – changing our lives to save them?

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    November 21, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’m reading the party manifestos so you don’t have to. Today, it’s the Green Party. I love the Green Party …
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  28. Johnson vs Corbyn #ITVDebate post-game…unlikely to have changed anyone’s vote – apart from to other parties

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    November 20, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    This was more an election soundbite clash rather than a debate. The candidates didn’t listen properly to each other so …
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  29. Why it is so hard to predict who will win tonight’s #election2019 debate

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    November 19, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Boris Johnson has an enormous amount of experience of debate, having been President of the Oxford Union. Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t. …
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  30. In the end, there will be a price to free broadband

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    November 18, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Labour’s commitment to providing free broadband by 2030 may seem attractive on the surface. After all, who is going to …
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  31. Why the Green Party will be the only party in #Election2019 to be honest about the environment

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    November 15, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Only the Green Party will come clean about the fundamental change to out lifestyle and short term living standards required …
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  32. The Cost of Corbyn – the lies and false assumptions prove the @Conservatives are scared

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    November 14, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Conservative Party’s assessment of Labour’s spending plans betray a massive lack of confidence in themselves. They are full of …
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  33. The Brexit Party don’t need this election to have already won

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    November 13, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The election system in this country means Nigel Farage has little choice but to stand down candidates to get Brexit …
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  34. Why anti-Brexit parties are standing aside

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    November 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are some very disappointed candidates in England and Wales as they are having to explain to their potential constituents …
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  35. Question for Labour – who exactly is in ‘the many’?

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    November 11, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

      Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign launch asked the question of whose side everyone is on – the many or the few. …
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  36. What should the Brexit Party do?

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    November 8, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    There is no easy answer for Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party in this election, because in trying to force …
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  37. Why the SNP might make all the difference

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    November 7, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    If the Tories do not win a majority, the SNP will likely be involved in supporting or creating the next …
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  38. Why Labour’s Brexit Policy is so difficult to understand

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    November 6, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The reason why people don’t understand Labour’s Brexit position is because…it’s difficult to understand. Jeremy Corbyn himself says it ‘really …
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  39. Why the Lib Dems’ ‘Revoke Article 50’ policy isn’t all it seems

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    November 5, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrats’ central policy is to revoke Article 50 and end Brexit. It sounds anti-Democratic, but all is not …
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  40. Ready, Steady, Vote

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    November 4, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The General Election on December 12th 2019 is arguably the most consequential in many of our lifetimes. The Conservatives are …
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  41. Why a #citizensassembly might be the best way out of this #Brexit crisis

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    June 2, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    A citizens assembly on Brexit could provide a way out of the current crisis by bringing people together to recommend …
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  42. The Boris prosecution: should there be a higher court than democracy?

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    May 30, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Marcus Ball has persuaded a judge that Boris Johnson has a case to answer over Vote Leave’s claim that £350m …
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  43. Why Jeremy Corbyn may be the right Labour leader but at the wrong time

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    May 28, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Corbyn was elected in September 2015 nobody could have known how much Brexit would matter. Corbyn’s indifference to it …
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  44. Why it doesn’t matter that many Labour target seats voted Leave

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    May 27, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The way the First-past-the-post electoral system works means that a Remain supporting mainstream party can win plenty of Leave seats …
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  45. How the Economics Profession got it wrong on Brexit

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    July 29, 2018 by Paul Goldsmith

    In today’s febrile political atmosphere, in which information that doesn’t fit a person’s bias is immediately discarded, it is refreshing …
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  46. Why Carillion may be the final death knell for an entire economic model

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    January 22, 2018 by Paul Goldsmith

    You know someone’s lost the argument by the arguments they use. In this political age it is either when they …
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  47. Is it time for Theresa May to call the DUP’s bluff on Brexit?

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    December 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 1968, Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson warned the trade unions that if they didn’t accept his relatively modest changes …
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  48. Why the £50bn ‘divorce bill’ offer is a good move

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    December 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    People in the UK just don’t understand what negotiation is. Let me help them. In a negotiation, both sides go …
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  49. How President de Gaulle’s second veto of Britain’s EC application fifty years ago led directly to the Leave vote in 2016

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    November 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Angela Merkel’s domestic political problems could see French President Emmanuel Macron elevated to the de facto leader of the EU …
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  50. Why the deliberate obtuseness of Remain-supporting journalists demeans the Brexit debate

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    November 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whilst lying is worse, being deliberately obtuse to make a point demeans the Brexit debate. At no point did places …
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