Tag Archives: CONSERVATIVES

  1. It’s polling day! – Five things to know about today

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    May 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    1. Rules for the poll booth – For those of you for whom today is your first opportunity to vote, congratulations, …
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  2. How should I vote tomorrow? 2 – the Parties

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    May 6, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The problem for me is that I know too much. It is not a matter of conceit,  but a fact …
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  3. A look at what might happen on May 8th

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    May 4, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So here we are, the final week of this election campaign and it has a different feel to most UK …
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  4. The importance of knowing why you want to be Prime Minister

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    May 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have a question for you. Why do David Cameron and Ed Miliband want to be Prime Minister? Try and …
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  5. 5 Thoughts about Thursday’s Leaders’ Question Time

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    May 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    1. What a fine advert for our democracy that was The star of the programme was the audience. Excellently researched …
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  6. Tories’ Tax promise speaks volumes about..Tory promises

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    May 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Before the 2010 election, the Conservatives said that they wouldn’t raise VAT should they be in government after it. They …
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  7. The Joy of Contribsx – Who is Grant Shapps’ biggest fan?

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    April 25, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Some election commentators have noted this week that one in five of the general public had no idea of who …
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  8. Will the main parties ever come clean about their actual tax and spending plans?

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    April 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Yesterday’s election news was dominated for a time by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (an independent think tank aiming to …
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  9. Why the Conservatives are panicking

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    April 22, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    It’s worth ignoring the polls at the moment. They are coming up with huge swings, with some suggesting the Conservatives …
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  10. Why a Conservative / SNP pact after the General a Election is more likely than you think

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    April 20, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Somewhere, deep in Conservative Party headquarters, under some kind of secret codename, and most probably dressed in black, will be …
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  11. 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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  12. Renewal of Trident is NOT a condition of SNP putting Labour back in No 10

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    April 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    “Remember: Ed Miliband stabbed his own brother in the back to become Labour leader. Now he is willing to stab …
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  13. Why Labour should be spending a lot more time attacking Tory efficiency than Tory cruelty

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    April 5, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The advertising guru Maurice Saatchi noted, just after the shock election victory by the Conservatives in 1992, that ‘cruel but …
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  14. Post-election Chaos – could it include Cameron the ‘squatter’?

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    April 4, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In a sign of the chaos to come from May 8th, Labour have been taking legal advice to try and …
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  15. The leaders’ debate. How they rated. 

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    April 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So that was the mass debate (stop saying it quickly at the back). Seven adults shouting at each other repeating …
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  16. Milibounce – Ed thrives under Paxman pressure

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    March 30, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    After all the bluff and bluster, this was the start of the election campaign proper. Expectations were low, given the …
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  17. Conservatives most seats, coalition impossible. Current poll predictions analysed.

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    March 29, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    You may be confused, given the forecast at the moment is for the Labour and Conaervative share of the vote …
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  18. Nothing can be ruled out when it comes to post-election deals

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    March 28, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     A few weeks ago, the Conservatives released a poster by their advertising agency containing a large Alex Salmond with Ed …
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  19. Why the Conservatives should talk more about the NHS

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    March 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are a lot of frustrated people following this election campaign. Journalists are frustrated by only receiving pre-prepared soundbites and …
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  20. Salmond’s honesty gives us a tantalising view into post-election chaos

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    March 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In these days of people complaining that politicians don’t give a straight answer to questions, it has been refreshing to …
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  21. Cameron turns the election campaign into a leadership campaign. Why?

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    March 25, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    What was he thinking? I mean, really, what was he thinking? The whole concept of the Conservatives’ election campaign was …
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  22. Will the shy Tories lead them to a Likud-like victory?

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    March 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the concept of the “shy Tory”. These are the members of the electorate …
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  23. The “long grass economic plan” budget

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    March 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Well, what a budget that wasn’t. It was supposed to be an election giveaway, but it wasn’t really. It was …
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  24. Whither the environment in this election?

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    March 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Has anyone else noticed the lack of any debate or attention during this election campaign on the issues of the …
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  25. The Labour pledge card is a “no hard choices” list of incrementally more progressive Miss World statements

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    March 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have a friend who is a lifelong Labour Party supporter. At the next election he is not only intending to …
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  26. Free Schools – Vive la Difference!

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    March 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    At last we have a proper issue on which the parties are properly split. It is an important one as …
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  27. Cameron the beaver dodges the debate-truck

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    March 6, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron’s PPE tutor said very early on in his career that he was the brightest student he ever taught. …
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  28. Unrealistic targets are not the way to deal with the politics of immigration

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    March 5, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Talk to people around the country about immigration, and they will say that it is a really important topic for …
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  29. Straw and Rifkind – the scandal we deserved

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    February 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    An important starting point for this blog is that few people actually understand the nature of an MP’s job and …
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  30. Conservative welfare policies are too easily badged with “nasty party” to win them an election

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    February 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Margaret Thatcher’s lasting legacy to the Conservative Party seems to be that when they say “long-term economic plan” many people …
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  31. Successfully bashing the Conservatives is not necessarily a successful week for Labour

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    February 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    At first glance, it looks like Labour had a very good week last week. Starting off by pointing out the …
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  32. Plain packaging on cigarettes – could it actually increase smoking?

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    February 6, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Here’s an easy task. Explain to someone why anyone who opposes the policy of removing branding from cigarette packets must …
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  33. UK Party leader debates….it’s just not how our democracy works

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    January 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    That the Party leader debates should happen seems to be obvious to everyone. But a closer look at what they …
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  34. Amjad Bashir – time for political parties to do a lot more research on defectors

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    January 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Political parties love defections. They say to the public, the parties think, that the defector is so ridden with doubt …
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  35. Let’s hear it for the “Shy Tories”

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    January 25, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Why do different amounts of people vote Conservative as the number that tell polls they are going to? Those who …
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  36. The Coalition’s employment record – Labour’s jobs myths or Conservatives’ massaged figures?

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    January 20, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron has put the Conservatives’ record on employment at their heart of their election battle plan. In a speech …
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  37. A Tory-Lib Dem coalition in May 2015 will only happen with a massive reduction in Lib Dem influence

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    January 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Reports emerged earlier this month that the Conservatives are planning to change the way Coalitions are formed to limit the …
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  38. The NHS is a political football for a good reason

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    January 13, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    First of all, let me get something straight. Labour has every right to use the NHS as a political football, …
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  39. Why David Cameron wants the Green Party in the TV debates

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    January 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    It isn’t very difficult to understand why David Cameron has insisted that he won’t be involved in the planned TV …
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  40. The Blair B*tch project – why New Labour DIDN’T need such large majorities

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    January 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The further away we get from Tony Blair’s Premiership, the harder it is for my students to understand why the …
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  41. Four possible election outcomes and what they would mean

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    January 10, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Towards the end of last year the pollster Peter Kellner from YouGov set out in The Times four possible results …
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  42. Conservative victory could hinge on whether Labour voters hate UKIP more than they love Labour

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    January 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Here’s an interesting concept to get your head around. What are the chances of diehard Labour supporters voting Conservative for …
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  43. Day one and Labour quickly falls into Tories’ austerity trap

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    January 6, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Amongst the astonishingly negative start to the General Election campaign yesterday, as the Tories said that Labour would crash the …
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  44. Why deciding if the deficit really has been halved depends on your political view

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    January 5, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Conservatives ‘fired the starting gun’ on the election campaign last Friday by unveiling a poster. Under the slogan “Let’s …
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  45. Wales 2015 Part 2 – the constituencies to watch

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    January 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    As I explained yesterday, it is very likely that the results from Wales will not decide the 2015 General Election. …
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  46. Wales 2015 Part 1 – As you were

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    January 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whereas Scotland’s 2015 results could change the course of the 2015 General election result, the results from Wales will not. …
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  47. 2015 New Year Politics Prediction….impossible!

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    January 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Happy New Year everyone. Welcome to what promises to be one of the most memorable years of politics of our …
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  48. Northern Ireland 3 – Will DUP be the Kingmakers?

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    December 31, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    It may be possible that a man who lost his seat at Westminster in 2010 could decide who will be …
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  49. The prospect of Labour winning has Conservatives starting to build up funds for a quick second election

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    December 28, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Some interesting gossip emanating from Conservative HQ is that they have started to solicit donations to fund a second election …
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  50. EVEL is not evil. But it will take time.

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    December 19, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

      In the last few days before the Scottish Independence referendum, Alistair Darling, the leader of the “No” campaign, pleaded …
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