Tag Archives: Conservative party

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Explaining Moggmentum

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    August 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It shouldn’t really be a possibility. As a response to the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-elitism and screeds …
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  7. The Conservatives need to step back and think again about their future leader

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    June 26, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There’s something going a bit wrong with the discussions taking place around the leadership of the Conservative Party. People are …
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. #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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  12. What your choice means at this election

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    June 8, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am an unashamed centrist. I vote for what works. It gets me into ‘trouble’ with people who have far …
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Does a political earthquake await in Wales?

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    April 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    With thanks to Professor Roger Scully from Cardiff University, I have some strange readings from the political Richter scale to report …
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  25. Can the normal political rules survive the ‘Brexit election’?

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    April 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Within hours of Theresa May’s announcement that she intended to call an election on June 8th, the offices of ‘Open Britain’, …
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  26. Why the Pensions Triple Lock guarantee should be removed

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    April 26, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    On the first draft of the 1979 Conservative manifesto, Margaret Thatcher scrawled “Hostage!” or “hostage to fortune’ on any commitment …
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  27. Will we actually have the election on June 8th?

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    April 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Theresa May stepped out today (April 18th) to a lectern in Downing Street to announce she would be seeking …
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  28. Why the new Prime Minister should call a General Election immediately

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    June 27, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you thought we were done with major political decisions until 2020, you’ve got another think coming. Whoever the Tories …
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  29. My view on who will be the next Prime Minister

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    June 26, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Only one thing is certain in Westminster as I write this, and that is that there will be a new …
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  30. EU Referendum – the Labour leadership hate Tories more than they love the EU

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    June 1, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    I Labour leadership have been almost silent during the EU referendum campaign This amplifies Tory divisions, which could lead to …
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  31. Why the EU referendum campaign needs to be SEEN to be fair. Not just fair.

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    January 12, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron’s behaviour over the EU Referendum could lead to him leaving behind the UK still in Europe but his …
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  32. Why tax credits can be the wrong type of incentive

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    November 23, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Tax credits can remove the incentive to improve your skills and productivity so you earn a higher wage on your …
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  33. Cameron parks Conservative tanks on Labour’s vacated lawn

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    October 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Before I comment on David Cameron’s speech (to read it click here) – I was struck by these three responses: …
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  34. Trade Union Bill – don’t believe the hype!

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    September 14, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Today Parliament has been debating, and will continue to debate, the Trade Union Bill brought forward by the Conservative Government. …
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  35. 5 Challenges for David Cameron

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    May 10, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    1) Delivering a manifesto that may have been designed for coalition – I wasn’t there when the manifesto was written obviously, …
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  36. The Conservative Manifesto relies on us trusting them. Have they earned it?

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    April 15, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you ever wanted to understand how close this election is, just think about this: The Conservative manifesto is all …
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  37. No, Theresa, you May not bolster your leadership claims by stopping foreign graduates staying here.

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    December 22, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Those blasted immigrants. Who do they think they are? Coming over here, saving our lives, creating products we want. Oh, …
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  38. You want the truth on immigration? You can’t handle the truth.

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    November 28, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Owen Paterson – a Conservative MP who used to the Environment Secretary, gave a speech this week in which he …
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  39. Cameron’s ‘tax choice’ misses the point

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    November 3, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    In an interesting article in the Times last week, David Cameron set out his view of the ideological differences between …
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  40. A Conservative – UKIP pact may be have short-term benefits, but could be a long-term disaster.

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    October 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    We are about to find out the extent to which the Conservative Party believe in power over all else. We …
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  41. We have a UKIP MP, but what happened in Heywood and Middleton is far more significant

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    October 10, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As expected, we wake up this morning with the first UKIP MP elected to the House of Commons. Douglas Carswell …
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  42. Why the Lib Dems choosing who to go into coalition with could be fraught with problems

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    October 7, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the Lib Dems spend time claiming full responsibility for all coalition policies that they like and no responsibility for …
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  43. Cameron delivers a speech aimed at tightening the Tory defence of Downing Street

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    October 2, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron made his pitch to the nation yesterday in his last conference speech before the 2015 General Election. The …
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  44. Reckless’s defection to UKIP brings us a step closer to a complete realignment of UK politics

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    September 29, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Mark Reckless’s reputation as a Eurosceptic was such that in 2010, before he had ever won a seat in a …
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  45. Douglas Carswell and the start of the reshaping of UK politics into a three-party system

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    September 1, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Douglas Carswell is a rare political animal, in that he isn’t a political animal at all. He had a career …
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  46. Balls says most of us are worse off than in 2010, the Tories’ response is simple yet probably effective

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    August 4, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    In a speech the other day Ed Balls decided to channel that famous leftie Ronald Reagan when he asked the …
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  47. Gove’s removal means the election was put above education

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    July 18, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    During his time as Education Secretary, Michael Gove would often quote a passage of Machiavelli: ‘There is nothing more difficult, …
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  48. Gove’s removal was correct cowardice

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    July 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The big news in the education sphere in the Cabinet reshuffle yesterday was the moving of Michael Gove from Education …
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  49. Uxbridge would be a perfect constituency for a Boris, but he shouldn’t run

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    July 11, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    If ever there were an example of someone that David Cameron would prefer to be ‘standing inside the tent pissing …
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  50. George Osborne – the UK’s next Foreign Secretary

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    July 5, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Should the Conservatives win the next election, you should expect to see George Osborne become Foreign Secretary. It is believed …
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