Tag Archives: Labour

  1. Why Sir Keir Starmer should be the next Labour leader

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    December 16, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    With no election until 2024, the Labour Party’s main role in our political system is to provide effective opposition. With …
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  2. How the YouGov MRP poll changed this election

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    December 9, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The YouGov MRP poll released two weeks ago appears to have massively influenced the election campaign. It may have led …
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  3. On the question of alleged anti-semitism in Labour

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    December 2, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Us Jews are meant to be united on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn, and by extension the Labour Party, …
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  4. Explaining Labour’s immigration confusion

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    November 29, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the absence of a sensible debate about immigration, the Tories having a policy that might control it is attracting …
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  5. In the end, there will be a price to free broadband

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    November 18, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Labour’s commitment to providing free broadband by 2030 may seem attractive on the surface. After all, who is going to …
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  6. The Cost of Corbyn – the lies and false assumptions prove the @Conservatives are scared

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    November 14, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Conservative Party’s assessment of Labour’s spending plans betray a massive lack of confidence in themselves. They are full of …
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  7. Question for Labour – who exactly is in ‘the many’?

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    November 11, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

      Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign launch asked the question of whose side everyone is on – the many or the few. …
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  8. Why the SNP might make all the difference

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    November 7, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    If the Tories do not win a majority, the SNP will likely be involved in supporting or creating the next …
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  9. Why Labour’s Brexit Policy is so difficult to understand

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    November 6, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The reason why people don’t understand Labour’s Brexit position is because…it’s difficult to understand. Jeremy Corbyn himself says it ‘really …
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  10. Why Jeremy Corbyn may be the right Labour leader but at the wrong time

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    May 28, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Corbyn was elected in September 2015 nobody could have known how much Brexit would matter. Corbyn’s indifference to it …
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Analysing Labour’s Brexit Conundrum

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    April 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As an explanation for why Labour is finding it so difficult to work out their Brexit strategy goes, it takes …
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  15. 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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  16. The ‘Progressive Democrats’ – a new Political Party that might just get us out of this mess

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    June 27, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, there’s an idea whose time has come. That time is now, and the idea is a new Political Party …
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  17. 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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  18. A government imposing austerity backed by 24% of the electorate is a legitimate as 250,000 people marching against it

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    June 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       Last weekend (20th June) there was an anti-austerity march in Central London. It was reported variously that 250,000 people …
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  19. How Labour should respond to Osborne’s plan to legislate for budget surpluses during growth

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    June 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       Given I have been stating for a while now that Labour should not have arrived at the 2008 recession, …
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  20. Interesting initial statistics on voting behaviour at the 2015 General Election

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    May 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Using Lord Ashcroft’s post-election polling and comparing with previous voting statistics gives us some interesting findings. Summary  Conservatives’ previously large …
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  21. Why Ed Balls is a loss to politics

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    May 15, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In amongst the carnage last week was a result that made me sad. Ed Balls lost his seat in Morley …
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  22. “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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  23. First Past the Post – Disproportional Representation or Producer of stable government?

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    May 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     Let’s start with the two graphs above. On the left are the actual seats won. One the right are …
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Exit Poll: If it is right we are in for a massive shock. 

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    May 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    If the exit poll that has just been announced is right, we are heading for a Conservative Government. The exit …
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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. “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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  35. “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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. SNP manifesto – the longest ransom note in history

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    April 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So there we have it. The manifesto season has closed with the SNP’s manifesto, launched by the all-conquering Nicola Sturgeon. …
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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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