Tag Archives: CONSERVATIVES

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Universal Credit – a professional idea implemented by amateurs

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    November 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes it is important to differentiate between an bad policy and incompetent implementation. Universal credit gets a bad rap, but …
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  19. A new political party doesn’t have to win seats in Parliament to be successful

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    September 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During the August political news ‘silly-season’, James Chapman, former Chief of Staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis, started a one-man …
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  20. 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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  21. Grenfell Tower: What is ‘Social Murder’?

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    July 16, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    On the Andrew Marr Show this morning Labour Chancellor John McDonnell was asked whether he was prepared to take back …
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  22. Which is more virtuous or effective: Paying Tax or Giving to Charity?

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    July 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Rather excitingly, we here at Goldblog Towers received a packed mailbag of responses to yesterday’s blog, particularly the final question …
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  23. So, are Tories wicked, wrong, or neither?

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    July 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In a very interesting article in the Sunday Times, Dominic Lawson opens with a tweet from Marcus Chown, who has …
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. The audacity of hope vs the cowardice of fear

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    June 11, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The 2017 General Election campaign involved the rejection of Theresa’s May view of what 21st century Toryism should be. It …
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Why is Scotland different?

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    April 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Scotland is a country part in this General Election. The issues that matter there are very different from those that …
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  35. Six reasons why the 2017 General Election is so hard to predict

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    April 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    So, the vote to overturn the Fixed Term Parliament Act and call a General Election passed with barely a murmur …
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  36. Four plus two reasons why Theresa May wants to hold the election on 8th June

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    April 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are many good political and constitutional reasons for Theresa May to have an election right now. She was always …
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  37. The ‘Progressive Democrats’ – a new Political Party that might just get us out of this mess

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    June 27, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, there’s an idea whose time has come. That time is now, and the idea is a new Political Party …
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  38. 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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  39. Why tax credit reforms are a “jobs penalty” on the very people the Conservatives affect to want to help. 

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    October 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The row about the Conservatives’ reforms to tax credit isn’t about politics. It’s not even really about economics. It is …
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  40. A government imposing austerity backed by 24% of the electorate is a legitimate as 250,000 people marching against it

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    June 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       Last weekend (20th June) there was an anti-austerity march in Central London. It was reported variously that 250,000 people …
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  41. How Labour should respond to Osborne’s plan to legislate for budget surpluses during growth

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    June 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       Given I have been stating for a while now that Labour should not have arrived at the 2008 recession, …
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  42. Why “Right-to-buy” Housing Association properties will never happen

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    June 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I would have loved to have seen the Conservatives’ manifesto planning whiteboard. I can imagine there were quote a few …
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  43. EU referendum – the importance of the question

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    May 29, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       It would be easy to think that words don’t matter. But they do in the case of a referendum. …
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  44. Interesting initial statistics on voting behaviour at the 2015 General Election

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    May 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Using Lord Ashcroft’s post-election polling and comparing with previous voting statistics gives us some interesting findings. Summary  Conservatives’ previously large …
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  45. Why we are unlikely to get a change in election system

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    May 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     The problems with trying to get a referendum on changing the election system (the way in which votes are …
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  46. First Past the Post – Disproportional Representation or Producer of stable government?

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    May 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     Let’s start with the two graphs above. On the left are the actual seats won. One the right are …
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  47. Why Labour lost

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    May 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’m sure many people with far more knowledge of these things than me will attempt this over the next few …
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  48. The day Esther McVey lost her seat (clue, it wasn’t today)

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    May 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Esther McVey didn’t lose her Wirral West seat today, Esther McVey lost her Wirral West seat on December 18th 2013. …
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  49. 5am questions- The Lib Dem meltdown and a possible Tory Majority. 

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    May 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I write this just after a massive moment. The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable, one of the most powerful people …
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  50. Exit Poll: If it is right we are in for a massive shock. 

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    May 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    If the exit poll that has just been announced is right, we are heading for a Conservative Government. The exit …
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