Tag Archives: Labour

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. The “long grass economic plan” budget

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    March 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Well, what a budget that wasn’t. It was supposed to be an election giveaway, but it wasn’t really. It was …
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  7. Free Schools – Vive la Difference!

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    March 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    At last we have a proper issue on which the parties are properly split. It is an important one as …
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  8. Advice to Labour – leave the SNP alone after the election

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    March 10, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    What does 30 years of having little more to say to an electorate than “We’re not Thatcher, vote for us” …
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  9. 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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  10. £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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  11. Straw and Rifkind – the scandal we deserved

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    February 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    An important starting point for this blog is that few people actually understand the nature of an MP’s job and …
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Andy Burnham and the NHS – lose the politics

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    January 29, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    He won’t like the comparison, but Andy Burnham is going to find out over the next few months what it …
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  15. The development of a ‘Left-Wing bloc’ could spell curtains for Cameron

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    January 28, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    It must be lonely being David Cameron these days. As the furore over the TV debates show, we are developing …
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  16. UK Party leader debates….it’s just not how our democracy works

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    January 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    That the Party leader debates should happen seems to be obvious to everyone. But a closer look at what they …
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  17. The Coalition’s employment record – Labour’s jobs myths or Conservatives’ massaged figures?

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    January 20, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron has put the Conservatives’ record on employment at their heart of their election battle plan. In a speech …
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  18. 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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  19. The NHS is a political football for a good reason

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    January 13, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    First of all, let me get something straight. Labour has every right to use the NHS as a political football, …
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  20. Why David Cameron wants the Green Party in the TV debates

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    January 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    It isn’t very difficult to understand why David Cameron has insisted that he won’t be involved in the planned TV …
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  21. Four possible election outcomes and what they would mean

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    January 10, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Towards the end of last year the pollster Peter Kellner from YouGov set out in The Times four possible results …
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  22. Conservative victory could hinge on whether Labour voters hate UKIP more than they love Labour

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    January 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Here’s an interesting concept to get your head around. What are the chances of diehard Labour supporters voting Conservative for …
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  23. Day one and Labour quickly falls into Tories’ austerity trap

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    January 6, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Amongst the astonishingly negative start to the General Election campaign yesterday, as the Tories said that Labour would crash the …
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  24. 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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  25. Wales 2015 Part 2 – the constituencies to watch

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    January 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    As I explained yesterday, it is very likely that the results from Wales will not decide the 2015 General Election. …
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  26. Wales 2015 Part 1 – As you were

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    January 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whereas Scotland’s 2015 results could change the course of the 2015 General election result, the results from Wales will not. …
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  27. 2015 New Year Politics Prediction….impossible!

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    January 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Happy New Year everyone. Welcome to what promises to be one of the most memorable years of politics of our …
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  28. Northern Ireland 3 – Will DUP be the Kingmakers?

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    December 31, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    It may be possible that a man who lost his seat at Westminster in 2010 could decide who will be …
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  29. The prospect of Labour winning has Conservatives starting to build up funds for a quick second election

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    December 28, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Some interesting gossip emanating from Conservative HQ is that they have started to solicit donations to fund a second election …
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  30. The most significant tactical vote move may be from Green to Labour

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    December 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Tactical voting has often been seen as a stick to beat First Past the Post with. That people are forced …
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  31. 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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  32. EVEL is not evil. But it will take time.

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    December 19, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

      In the last few days before the Scottish Independence referendum, Alistair Darling, the leader of the “No” campaign, pleaded …
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Labour need to cease and desist their self-destructive line of attack on the deficit and debt

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    December 5, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    UK budget deficit as % of GDP When you have to rely on the public not understanding Economics to make …
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  36. 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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  37. The 2016 General Election – what it will look like

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    November 18, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Yes, that isn’t a typo. I do mean that I am expecting there to be a 2016 General Election. Our …
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  38. Nigel Farage wants his country back. To what extent?

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    November 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Journalists love Nigel Farage for a simple reason – he gives good copy. He says what he believes and isn’t …
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  39. The best way to pay for the NHS in future? Immigration

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    November 6, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published a report last week into the future of the health service, …
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  40. Cut inheritance tax whilst food banks are thriving? Really, David?

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    October 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Just when I thought the Conservative Party had run out of ways to write the Labour Party manifesto, they have …
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  41. Have we just discovered that the NHS is a Westminster bubble issue but not a voting issue

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    October 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Amongst the fall-out from the astonishing performance of UKIP on Thursday in the Heywood and Middleton by-election, it is possible …
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  42. Clacton-on-Sea and Heywood by-elections today – a foregone conclusion?

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    October 9, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Today, two sets of voters go to the polls to choose their MPs in by-elections. One, in Clacton-on-Sea (on the …
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  43. 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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  44. Now the hackers are facing the full might of the law – we must be wary of further attempts to muzzle press freedom

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    July 2, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    A £100m phone hacking trial has just finished. There are more to come as the law works its way through …
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  45. Lib Dems education policy – pushing them Ed-wards

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    June 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The most interesting aspect of the Lib Dems’ announcement this morning of a manifesto promise at the next election for all …
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  46. In the rental property market Labour’s ‘cap’ should fit

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    May 7, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    In terms of consistency of policy aim – the announcement by Ed Miliband of Labour’s ideas to reduce the imbalance …
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