Category Archives: UK General Election 2017

  1. The McDonnell Amendment to change Labour leadership rules shows a fear of democracy

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    September 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Labour conference is expected to vote on a change in the leadership rules that would require candidates to have …
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  2. Corbynism is impossible within the Single Market

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    July 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 1986, Jeremy Corbyn voted against the Act of Parliament that created the EU Single Market. He saw it as …
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  3. Corbyn’s rhetoric sounds good, but does it help those most in need?

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    June 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to receive rapturous applause in an echo chamber whilst saying exactly what people want to hear continues …
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  4. The Conservative/DUP deal brings benefits that Northern Ireland needs

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    June 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As soon as the Conservative-DUP deal was announced yesterday morning the pre-prepared press statements were being fired off by all …
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  5. This election was about education too

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    June 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Lots of focus has been put on the young vote and the old vote. The older vote might have been …
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  6. The 2,227 votes that are why Labour are pushing for another election

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    June 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Labour insiders are at the moment arguing that they are on an election footing right now. They will be gearing …
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  7. Why we should spend that ‘£350m a week’ on education instead

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    June 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Just after last year’s referendum, a friend of mine commented that the Leave campaign had ‘missed a trick’ with their …
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  8. The surprise University turnout explained

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    June 16, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Hidden amongst the wailing and gnashing of teeth within the Conservative Party at the incompetence and arrogance of Theresa May …
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  9. Is Ruth Davidson in the wrong Parliament now?

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    June 15, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Theresa May would probably not be Prime Minister now if it wasn’t for Ruth Davidson. Jeremy Corbyn might have had …
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  10. Brexit – can we put together a cross-party negotiating team?

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    June 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Theresa May went to the country to ask for a mandate for her vision of Brexit. Despite the referendum ballot …
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  11. Why Theresa May had little choice but to deal with the DUP

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    June 12, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There’s been a lot of hot air expressed since the election about the Conservatives’ tie up with the Democratic Unionist …
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  12. How well did Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour actually do?

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    June 10, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    They lost. They did better than people expected but they lost. Among the crowing at what happened to the complacent …
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  13. Should we ask for the Article 50 process to be delayed?

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    June 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Article 50 was written, is was made deliberately vague, as it was never really intended to be used. It …
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  14. #GE2017 chaos: What happens now?

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    June 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    This is the third hung Parliament since 1945. It is also the third failed call of a surprise snap election …
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  15. What does the exit poll mean?

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    June 8, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Exit polls have been roughly right since 1992. So the one we have just seen could be close to the …
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  16. Who should I vote for in Ealing Central and Acton?

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    June 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am lucky enough to live in Ealing Central and Acton, which is a (very) marginal constituency. It was prised …
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  17. The strange case of the misplaced new voters

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    June 6, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    When the voter registration deadline closed it turned out that three million people registered to vote for the 2017 General …
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  18. London Bridge provides us with so many questions to which we have so few answers

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    June 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Yesterday morning my two kids (aged seven and nine) were building things with Jenga blocks. We had just watched the …
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  19. The folly of the Tories parking their tanks on Labour’s Government power lawn

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    June 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the aftermath of her loss to Donald Trump, some commentators pointed out that Hillary Clinton might have won had …
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  20. Why Labour Party figures need to know their figures.

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    June 2, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Is it important to remember the cost of your policies when your main opponent hasn’t any costings at all? Well, …
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  21. YouGov poll predicts a hung Parliament – could it be right?

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    June 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Polling is a dangerous business. No-one predicted the Conservatives’ majority in 2015 and the EU Referendum result came as a …
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  22. The proper case for free university tuition

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    May 31, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The debate over university tuition fees rumbles on. Abolishing them would cost over £11bn a year. Labour has committed to …
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  23. Corbyn vs May..when poetry met prose

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    May 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Of course, this wasn’t really Corbyn vs May, as the latter has refused to debate the former directly. Instead, first …
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  24. Jeremy Corbyn on foreign policy: why you should read it before commenting

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    May 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am prepared to bet good money that many of the people who responded negatively to Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy …
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  25. UKIP’s Brexit tests – any negotiation is too much

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    May 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The launch of the UKIP manifesto was a chance for us to see them put the details on what being …
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  26. Time to reconsider what Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘support for the IRA’ means?

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    May 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The sudden focus on what Jeremy Corbyn has said and done regarding the issue of Ireland is unsurprising. It has …
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  27. Why public finances cannot be compared to personal finances

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    May 26, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Have you ever heard someone compare the public finances to personal finances? Have you ever heard the accusation that Labour …
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  28. Green Party manifesto – an uplifting vision given in a half-hearted manner

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    May 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I loved the Green Party’s 2015 manifesto. It was a comprehensive and well thought-through vision of a cleaner and nicer …
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  29. Theresa May’s u-turn on social care made her look weak and unstable

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    May 23, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    One of the reasons I thought that Theresa May wanted to call the snap election was that she felt held …
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  30. Lifelong Labour voters are switching to Theresa May, not the Conservatives

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    May 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As journalists have been traipsing around the country covering the election, they have come across a particularly interesting potential voting …
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  31. Labour debt-pointers are risking their party’s economic credibility again

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    May 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I actually can’t take it anymore. It is economically illiterate and it is self-defeating and it has to stop. It …
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  32. VAT on Private School fees to fund free school lunches for Primary pupils – the devil’s in the detail

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    May 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The idea, introduced by the Labour Party, of putting VAT on private school fees to fund free school meals for …
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  33. Conservative manifesto – May tries to get UK moving ‘forward together’ without committing to how

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    May 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Well, this was the big one. This is the only manifesto that will have to be delivered. Therefore, there can …
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  34. How the Lib Dems plan to make EU think again

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    May 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Assessing this Liberal Democrat manifesto is an odd business. They aren’t even suggesting that it is a manifesto for Government, …
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  35. Labour’s manifesto – bold and offering a clear choice about how we want to live

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    May 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have to admit to developing a bit of a crush on Labour’s manifesto. It is bold and it offers …
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  36. Why energy price caps will worsen the energy market for consumers

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    May 16, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The energy market is a target for both the mainstream political parties. Both Labour and Conservatives have suggested price caps …
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  37. The unintended consequences of raising corporation tax

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    May 15, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Recent research found that in 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took over the country and the economic model changed, the workforce …
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  38. If Jeremy Corbyn moves the Overton Window, it’s good for democracy

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    May 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

      Over the next week, the party manifestos are going to be published (or in Labour’s case the second, agreed …
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  39. How Labour’s 97 hamstringing should be a lesson to May

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    May 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During the course of this election I have referred a few times to the importance of Theresa May not tying …
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  40. Why the Progressive Pact may need to be fact.

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    May 12, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Two days ago I reported details of a tacit ‘reactionary pact’ in which UKIP voters were defecting to the Tories …
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  41. Election expenses – you can’t prosecute someone if they haven’t broken any laws

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    May 11, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    So yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service announced that they would not be prosecuting any Conservative MPs for breach of expenses …
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  42. UKIP haven’t died. They’ve won.

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    May 10, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In amongst the possibly genuinely held joy of many on the centre and left of politics at the fall of …
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  43. Why Corbyn could stay if Labour lose – part 2

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    May 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The aftermath of the Labour’s landslide General Election defeat in 1983, on the back of a hard left-wing manifesto that one …
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  44. Why Corbyn could stay if Labour lose – part 1

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    May 8, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The general consensus is that Jeremy Corbyn will resign as Labour Leader on June 9th. Some in the Labour Party …
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  45. What the council elections mean for #ge2017

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    May 6, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor of The Sun, reported on Thursday that a Senior Tory had told him that he …
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  46. Why the #libdemfightback might not deliver more seats

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    May 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Rumour has it there were high fives in Liberal Democrat headquarters when Theresa May announced she would be calling a …
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  47. Think the education funding debate is ideological? Think again.

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    May 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    This is about real people, and the future of this country. The state primary school of which I am Governor …
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  48. Please let there be no more immigration ‘caps’

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    May 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    How do make a well-trained Canadian GP leaving the UK and going back to Canada seem like a ‘good’ thing? How …
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  49. Theresa May – just not debate-able

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    May 2, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    From the very start of this General Election campaign, Theresa May has insisted that it is about who leads this …
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  50. Scottish #Toryfightback on the cards?

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    May 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Have a look at the charts above. They don’t indicate a political earthqauke, like is predicted in Wales, but there …
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