Tag Archives: David Cameron

  1. 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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  2. History put a gun to David Cameron’s head – but he decided to pull the trigger

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    June 23, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Published today – available from here if you want a signed book and to donate to the Latymer Upper Bursaries appeal, …
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  3. 5 thoughts on one of the most momentous days in political history

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    June 24, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron did the right thing…this morning – Three and a half years’ ago, with Labour in the ascendancy under …
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  4. Here we go for June 23rd. Now it’s up to EU

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    February 18, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    The EU referendum isn’t going to be about the non-existent ‘reforms’ to the EU, nor should you believe those who …
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  5. 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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  6. Five things that might happen this year in politics 

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    January 3, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Out of the EU, with Scotland out of the UK, Javid PM and Khan London Mayor, Corbyn out and Trump …
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  7. Why Syria continues to confound Cameron

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    November 4, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Who’d be a Prime Minister? Faced with pictures of civilians dying in Syria, David Cameron has to make a decision …
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  8. 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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  9. David Cameron, pig bothering, and the “non-denial denial”

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    September 22, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In “All the Presidents Men”, a wonderful movie about the Watergate scandal, the Editor of the Washington Post, played by …
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  10. Corbyn shows at PMQs that he CAN change how politics works

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    September 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Jeremy Corbyn ran for the Labour leadership, he said that he wanted to change how politics was done. He …
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  11. EU referendum – What David Cameron can learn from the West Wing

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    June 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the ‘West Wing’ there is a scene in which the White House Communications Director CJ Cregg describes how the …
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  12. 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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  13. Queen’s speech just as notable for what wasn’t in there as for what was

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    May 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

          The Queen, who will become the country’s longest serving monarch on September 9th, has just delivered her 62nd Queen’s …
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Explaining the election silence on foreign affairs

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    April 23, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Historically, Foreign policy hasn’t won an election for anyone. Yes, one could point to the Falklands War with Argentina and …
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Why the Queen was still asked to Dissolve a Parliament that dissolves automatically

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    March 31, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Yesterday was the first time in history that Parliament dissolved itself. Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, Parliament has been scheduled …
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  26. David Cameron interview with Paxman then audience questions – in case you missed it

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    March 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So we started with Jeremy Paxman interviewing David Cameron followed by audience questions.  Paxman started on food banks, challenging Cameron …
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  27. 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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  28. An explanation of the election debate fudge…sorry, compromise, reached

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    March 23, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So finally an agreement has been reached between the political parties and the broadcasters on how the televised “debates” will …
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  29. Spending targets or Results targets? Lessons from foreign aid. 

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    March 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    There is an interesting debate going on around our defence budget at the moment. Having told other members of NATO …
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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Ed Miliband and Stanley Fink – allegations without evidence are an abuse of Parliamentary privilege.

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    February 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    First of all, full disclosure. I know Lord Stanley Fink. I have known him for sixteen years. I know his …
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  35. Another fine mess EU’ll get Cameron into, if he wins

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    January 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    If winning the 2015 election didn’t seem enough of a poisoned chalice to be passed, given the difficulties that will …
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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Why even pointing out the Government’s economic failures hurts Labour

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    December 18, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    On Monday what looked like a rather arcane economics spat broke out between the Conservatives and Labour. Once again, it …
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  39. Cameron needs to take on his party’s own Militant Tendency

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    December 1, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    30 years ago today, the Labour Party were engaged in an existential struggle against a group of ideologues who were …
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  40. Jack Monroe, and the left’s confusion between wrong and wicked

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    November 29, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Look at the picture, bottom right, of David Cameron and his son Ivan. Ivan died, aged six, in 2009, having …
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  41. 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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  42. Combatting UKIP over policies..the lack of them and the flip-flops

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    November 25, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    It’s time to dump this “UKIP are right, don’t vote for them” strategy. We are getting near to the day …
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  43. Politicians should walk the walk, not just wear the T-shirt

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    November 4, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The picture about is both an example of the pathetic state of our political culture at the moment and an …
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  44. The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is worth the small decrease in our sovereignty

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    October 31, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    How much is a small decrease in our sovereignty worth? I would like to answer that with some statistics about …
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  45. EU must be having a laugh with your ‘prosperity surcharge’

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    October 25, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    How kind of the EU commission to write UKIP’s party political broadcast for the Rochester & Stroud by-election. Not even …
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  46. Winning on immigration will not win elections. Fact.

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    October 21, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    It’s all a bit odd. The Conservatives seem to think that they will win the next election by talking a …
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  47. Cameron sinks deeper into EU mess.

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    October 21, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Any chance that there is a by-election on soon? Why else would David Cameron spend today shaking his fist at …
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  48. 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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  49. Why are the Conservatives so happy about a set of policies that victimise the poorest so much?

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    October 3, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the smoke clears from the pep rally that this week’s Conservative party conference basically turned out to be, a …
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  50. 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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