Tag Archives: Ed Miliband

  1. 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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  2. “We must look deep into our souls but we mustn’t open our veins” – What Labour should do next

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    May 13, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The election result unleashed a torrent of ferocious anguish from the North London bien-pensant metropolitan elite that was so full …
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. “Mili-Brand” – the review

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    April 30, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Ed Miliband has said from the start that he won’t duck debates in this election. So when it was discovered …
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. How Nicola Sturgeon somehow grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat…for David Cameron

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    April 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The moment the Conservatives were waiting for in the Challengers debate for Opposition leaders came right at the end. Until …
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  12. Labour’s Judo political, classic sales technique manifesto…game on Dave.

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    April 14, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are a variety of reasons why Ed Miliband stood up at the lectern yesterday to deliver Labour’s General Election …
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  13. Lessons from The Godfather for Ed Miliband: Offer the SNP nothing.

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    April 13, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Like the the ‘many’ fellow political obsessives in England, I spent Tuesday evening glued to my IPad as I watched …
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  14. Why Labour’s commitment to Careers Advice is so important

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    April 10, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    There were many catalysts for my choice to go into teaching back in 2005. Having been a management consultant for …
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  15. The abolition of Non-Doms. A Labour political masterstroke?

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    April 9, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 1799, at the same time as introducing the first income tax in the UK, Prime Minister William Pitt introduced …
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  16. 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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  17. EU Referendum and Business uncertainty – Labour have a point

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    April 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Labour party made an interesting, and brave decision on Monday. They opened their election campaign proper, on the day …
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  18. Profit caps for private healthcare providers – The wrong answer to a problem that doesn’t exist

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    March 30, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I wish someone could take Ed Miliband by the lapels and ‘help’ him to understand that demand has to meet supply. …
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. £6000 tuition fees – sneaky short-term political opportunitism

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    March 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the end, after all the fanfare, the announcement by the Labour Party of how and why they were going …
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  23. Miliband’s plan for high quality apprenticeships makes sense

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    February 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Monday was a great example of the importance of defining what you are talking about. Ed Miliband gave a speech …
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  24. 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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  25. More paternity leave isn’t about the money – it requires a massive culture change

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    February 13, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

      There has been much kerfuffle this week about Labour’s plans to double paid paternity leave to four weeks (doubling …
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  26. 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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  27. Time for Ed Miliband to show he understands Profit.

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    February 9, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The debate around Labour’s relationship with the business community at the moment is about many things. One could say it’s …
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  28. Ed Miliband needs to come clean and say whether or not he wants to re-nationalise the energy providers

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    January 14, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    First of all, there is little doubt that no-one in this country should be having to choose between heating and …
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  29. Labour immigration policy cannot exist without offering an EU referendum

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    December 23, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Labour Party is undergoing convulsions on the topic of immigration this week. First, Ed Miliband gave what he had …
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  30. 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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  31. Miliband’s deficit cutting plan is late, but better than never

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    December 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The trouble with the speech Ed Miliband gave  yesterday on how Labour would reduce the deficit is not that it …
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  32. Why the voting age should be lowered to 16

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    December 9, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Ed Miliband announced today that the Labour Party planned to lower the voting age to 16 should they enter Government …
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  33. UKIP are getting Labour voters who are ‘left-behind’, not ‘left-wing’

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    November 24, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the 1970s, some changes started to take place in terms of how businesses operate. Globalisation took root, and the …
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  34. Emily Thornberry – how low will the bar for political resignations go?

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    November 22, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Emily Thornberry was an excellent Shadow Attorney-General. Actually, I don’t know whether that is true. But she was well qualified …
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  35. Ed Miliband’s vision for Britain needs a practical pathway

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    November 13, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you are going to complain about the way wealth is distributed in this country, and you want to find …
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  36. The rules of Regicide – how can the Labour Party get rid of Ed?

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    November 11, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I don’t want to spread mischief, but perhaps it is time to review the mechanisms that the Labour Party has …
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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. Ed Miliband – you forgot the economy, stupid

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    September 24, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Ed Miliband forgot two sections of his speech today. One of his favourite party tricks is to memorise his speeches …
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  40. Ed Miliband must speak clearly about why ordinary people should vote Labour

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    September 22, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    This week is the Labour Party’s conference. Conference season in the UK is a time when policy proposals are discussed …
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  41. Who is the most principled political party leader in the Scottish Independence campaign?

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    September 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the leaders of all the UK’s major political parties gathered in Scotland to try and persuade the Scots not …
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  42. Why Scottish Independence could cause a UK political earthquake

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    September 3, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the “Yes” campaign gathers what is beginning to look like inexorable momentum a possible political scenario is taking shape …
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  43. Ed Miliband’s greatest achievement – we still have one Labour Party

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    July 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Ed Miliband’s greatest achievement as the leader of an opposition party that was just battered at a General Election has …
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  44. What does it mean when the Labour Party is uninterested in preparing for government?

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    July 7, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    There was an interesting clue the other day as to how seriously Ed Miliband and his advisers are taking their …
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  45. Do we want state funding for 50p per voter, or do we want to complain about bankers and unions buying influence?

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    July 3, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Last night at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham and next week at the Roundhouse in Camden the Conservative and Labour Party …
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  46. How do you solve a problem like Tony Blair?

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    June 18, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The problem with Tony Blair is that for a number of reasons people aren’t prepared to actually listen to anything …
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  47. Politics above economics in the energy market hurts consumers

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    June 11, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    This should be an article about economics. However, it has an unavoidable political dimension. What is going on in the …
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  48. Regulating the Energy market: Not as easy as it looks

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    June 1, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Ed Miliband was right, and supported by ex-Tory Prime Minister John Major, to highlight that the market for gas and …
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  49. 2014 election focus: We need to talk about Ed

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    May 28, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I would like to talk about where the Labour Party go from here but I can’t, because first we need …
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  50. Labour’s 48-hour GP pledge – strange politics and economics?

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    May 13, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Ed Miliband’s pledge that under a Labour government all patients will get an appointment with their GP within 48 hours is …
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