Tag Archives: GE2015

  1. 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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  2. No ‘Tax lock’ would be sensible economics.

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    April 26, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Back during preparations for the 2015 General Election, there was a hole in the ‘media grid’ political parties use to …
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  3. 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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  4. “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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  5. The end of the Liberal Democrats?

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    May 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrats are trumpeting the five thousand new members that registered with them in the aftermath of their defenestration …
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 5 Midnight thoughts after the three Sunderland results. 

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    May 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    1) The Pope is Catholic and Labour have won three seats in Sunderland. 2) The good news for Labour is …
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  10. YouGov Poll has a different prediction. Sounds more right, but might not be. 

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    May 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Just when the Twittersphere was about to go into meltdown with rumours of a Labour coup to get rid of …
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. How should I vote tomorrow 1 – the candidates

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    May 6, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve been granted some level of significance in this election. As one of the lucky 100,000 swing voters in marginal seats …
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  14. We need to talk about Privatisation

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    May 5, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve read a lot this past year. When I decided to write a blog every day from May 7th last …
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  15. The Electoral Maths that could put George Galloway in charge 

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    May 5, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     Take a look at the demands above. They are those of a George Galloway. Given the Respect Party MP …
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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. “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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  21. English votes for English laws – why it is unlikely to happen

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    April 29, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Talk about missing a trick. Ignoring St George’s day, the Conservatives chose Friday to release their “English manifesto”. Not wanting, …
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  22. Why what happens to Greece could decide our election

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    April 28, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    A few days ago, I ventured the opinion that foreign affairs don’t win General Elections. I was premature. There is one …
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  23. “Labour’s rent controls” are nothing of the sort. Just redressing imbalances in the provision of a basic need. 

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    April 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Pollsters released some interesting data just after Labour made their announcement on Saturday about the “rent controls” they are going …
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  24. Why the DUP manifesto may matter this time more than ever before

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    April 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Just when you might have thought that every party from the countries outside England would make their manifesto a shopping …
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Liberal Democrat manifesto – a UK election first

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    April 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto was a UK election first. It was the first time that a party has actually campaigned …
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  32. UKIP’s manifesto – plans relying completely on the counter-factual

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    April 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    What I have liked about UKIP’s contribution to British politics over the past few years has been the effect that …
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  33. The Green Party manifesto is the most honest of them all. 

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    April 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Reading the Green Party manifesto I found myself lost in admiration for the only honest document produced by any political …
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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. The Greens are the only party with a proper long term message. Shame about the messenger. 

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    April 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Caroline Lucas stepped down as Green Party leader to concentrate on her role as their first and only MP …
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  37. UKIP should understand that cutting foreign aid will INCREASE health tourism

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    April 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    During last week’s leaders’ debate we saw the launch of what UKIP insiders have called a ‘shock and awful’ strategy …
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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. Why abolishing zero hour contracts really would throw the baby out with the bathwater

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    April 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Once again the issue of zero hour contracts came to the fore this week as Labour announced restrictions on their …
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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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