Tag Archives: ge2017

  1. 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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  2. The 2,227 votes that are why Labour are pushing for another election

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    June 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Labour insiders are at the moment arguing that they are on an election footing right now. They will be gearing …
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  3. Is Ruth Davidson in the wrong Parliament now?

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    June 15, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Theresa May would probably not be Prime Minister now if it wasn’t for Ruth Davidson. Jeremy Corbyn might have had …
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. #GE2017 chaos: What happens now?

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    June 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    This is the third hung Parliament since 1945. It is also the third failed call of a surprise snap election …
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  8. Who should I vote for in Ealing Central and Acton?

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    June 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am lucky enough to live in Ealing Central and Acton, which is a (very) marginal constituency. It was prised …
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  9. The folly of the Tories parking their tanks on Labour’s Government power lawn

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    June 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the aftermath of her loss to Donald Trump, some commentators pointed out that Hillary Clinton might have won had …
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  10. Why Labour Party figures need to know their figures.

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    June 2, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Is it important to remember the cost of your policies when your main opponent hasn’t any costings at all? Well, …
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  11. YouGov poll predicts a hung Parliament – could it be right?

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    June 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Polling is a dangerous business. No-one predicted the Conservatives’ majority in 2015 and the EU Referendum result came as a …
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  12. Jeremy Corbyn on foreign policy: why you should read it before commenting

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    May 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am prepared to bet good money that many of the people who responded negatively to Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy …
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  13. Green Party manifesto – an uplifting vision given in a half-hearted manner

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    May 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I loved the Green Party’s 2015 manifesto. It was a comprehensive and well thought-through vision of a cleaner and nicer …
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  14. Lifelong Labour voters are switching to Theresa May, not the Conservatives

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    May 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As journalists have been traipsing around the country covering the election, they have come across a particularly interesting potential voting …
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  15. Labour debt-pointers are risking their party’s economic credibility again

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    May 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I actually can’t take it anymore. It is economically illiterate and it is self-defeating and it has to stop. It …
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  16. 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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  17. How the Lib Dems plan to make EU think again

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    May 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Assessing this Liberal Democrat manifesto is an odd business. They aren’t even suggesting that it is a manifesto for Government, …
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  18. Labour’s manifesto – bold and offering a clear choice about how we want to live

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    May 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have to admit to developing a bit of a crush on Labour’s manifesto. It is bold and it offers …
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  19. Why energy price caps will worsen the energy market for consumers

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    May 16, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The energy market is a target for both the mainstream political parties. Both Labour and Conservatives have suggested price caps …
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  20. The unintended consequences of raising corporation tax

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    May 15, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Recent research found that in 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took over the country and the economic model changed, the workforce …
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  21. If Jeremy Corbyn moves the Overton Window, it’s good for democracy

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    May 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

      Over the next week, the party manifestos are going to be published (or in Labour’s case the second, agreed …
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  22. 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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  23. Why the Progressive Pact may need to be fact.

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    May 12, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Two days ago I reported details of a tacit ‘reactionary pact’ in which UKIP voters were defecting to the Tories …
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Why Corbyn could stay if Labour lose – part 2

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    May 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The aftermath of the Labour’s landslide General Election defeat in 1983, on the back of a hard left-wing manifesto that one …
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  27. Why Corbyn could stay if Labour lose – part 1

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    May 8, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The general consensus is that Jeremy Corbyn will resign as Labour Leader on June 9th. Some in the Labour Party …
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  28. 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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  29. Why the #libdemfightback might not deliver more seats

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    May 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Rumour has it there were high fives in Liberal Democrat headquarters when Theresa May announced she would be calling a …
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  30. Think the education funding debate is ideological? Think again.

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    May 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    This is about real people, and the future of this country. The state primary school of which I am Governor …
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  31. Please let there be no more immigration ‘caps’

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    May 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    How do make a well-trained Canadian GP leaving the UK and going back to Canada seem like a ‘good’ thing? How …
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  32. 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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  33. Change in popular votes but not seats in Northern Ireland?

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    May 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Northern Ireland have had their political earthquake already. The FPTP election system used in this General Election means there is …
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  34. Does a political earthquake await in Wales?

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    April 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    With thanks to Professor Roger Scully from Cardiff University, I have some strange readings from the political Richter scale to report …
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  35. Can the normal political rules survive the ‘Brexit election’?

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    April 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Within hours of Theresa May’s announcement that she intended to call an election on June 8th, the offices of ‘Open Britain’, …
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  36. Antisemitism antisceptic: The strange case of David Ward’s short GE2017 campaign

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    April 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    A fascinating little side show to yesterday’s  highly political PMQs debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May over Brexit and …
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  37. Why the Pensions Triple Lock guarantee should be removed

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    April 26, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    On the first draft of the 1979 Conservative manifesto, Margaret Thatcher scrawled “Hostage!” or “hostage to fortune’ on any commitment …
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  38. 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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  39. How the British election system could come to Labour’s aid.

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    April 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Predictions for Labour are dire. With no real position on Brexit, and one of the most unpopular mainstream Party leaders …
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  40. The falling pound has been good for British firms. Hasn’t it?

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    April 24, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The fall of the value of the pound, which has been about 20% against the Dollar and the Euro since …
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  41. Jeremy Corbyn’s morals and principles would make him an unpopular populist

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    April 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I met Jeremy Corbyn once. It was at my wife’s Auntie Angela’s 90th birthday party. It was a Sunday in …
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  42. 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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  43. 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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