Tag Archives: POLITICS

  1. How the Economics Profession got it wrong on Brexit

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    July 29, 2018 by Paul Goldsmith

    In today’s febrile political atmosphere, in which information that doesn’t fit a person’s bias is immediately discarded, it is refreshing …
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  2. Perhaps now is the time to value our politicians #JoCox

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    June 16, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    To anyone who thinks that politicians are all the same, I give you Jo Cox. To anyone who thinks that …
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  3. Homosexuality, dead dogs and hit men – the strange life of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe

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    December 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The recent death of Jeremy Thorpe shines a light on one of the most controversial political lives. It is a …
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  4. Gordon Brown’s retirement..Bye Bye Bruiser

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    December 2, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    It has seemed obvious for the last four years, as Gordon Brown slinked into the background, so rarely reappearing in …
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  5. Farewell Alex Salmond, one of the greatest politicians of our generation

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    September 20, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    There is a story that about two years’ ago, Alex Salmond requested a meeting with George Osborne, I imagine to …
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  6. Assisted Dying…the debate continues

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    July 31, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Friday a fortnight ago saw British pluralist democracy offer an excellent demonstration of what it is capable of. Whilst I …
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  7. Haringey Council should invoice Ed Balls for some of the £600,000 they have had to pay Sharon Shoesmith

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    July 24, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    There is a good case for Labour Shadow chancellor Ed Balls contributing out of his own pocket to Sharon Shoesmith’s …
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  8. Gove’s removal means the election was put above education

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    July 18, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    During his time as Education Secretary, Michael Gove would often quote a passage of Machiavelli: ‘There is nothing more difficult, …
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  9. Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill – ‘Then they came for me…..’

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    July 13, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Not being a fan of censorship of any form, my thoughts when I heard about the fast-tracking of the Data …
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  10. George Osborne – the UK’s next Foreign Secretary

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    July 5, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Should the Conservatives win the next election, you should expect to see George Osborne become Foreign Secretary. It is believed …
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  11. The N-H-S – Cameron’s 2010 priority should become Labour’s 2015 focus

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    June 29, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron, in the run-up to the 2010 General Election, said that his priorities could be summed up in three …
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  12. ‘HS3’ – Osborne sells the benefits of a global northern powerhouse

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    June 24, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

      One of the problems of being, you know, a properly functioning democracy is that governments need to try and …
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  13. Youth jobs and skills plan – how I know Ed Miliband’s onto something good

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    June 20, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Yesterday, Ed Miliband announced a new plan to tackle youth employment that addresses the short term problems of youth unemployment …
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  14. Dr Sarah Wollaston – the type of person who gives MPs a good name

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    June 19, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Dr Sarah Wollaston is the answer I give to anyone who lazily tells me that MPs are all the same …
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  15. Buying water cannon to stifle protest – not in my name

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    June 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I yield to very few in my belief in freedom of speech the importance of protest as a major aspect …
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  16. 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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  17. Newark by-election result: An ungracious winner, a relieved loser

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    June 6, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    So there we go – the Conservatives won the Newark by-election. They retained their 44th safest seat, a seat in …
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  18. Newark by-election: Why does it matter so much to the Conservatives?

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    June 4, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the 2010 General Election, Patrick Mercer got 54% of the vote in his Newark constituency, winning by over 16,000 …
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  19. 2014 election focus: Conservatives must put long-term survival ahead of short-term power

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    May 31, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Having lived much of my life under the belief that if you have low expectations of everything you are more …
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  20. 2014 election focus: An existential crisis for the Lib Dems

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    May 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    If we just talk about the numbers, the last week has been a complete disaster for the Liberal Democrats. In …
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  21. UKIP and Local Council election results – what do they mean

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    May 23, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    There is no doubt UKIP has had a great night at the local council elections. There is no surprise that …
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  22. A legacy for Ann McGuire would be better mental health services for teenagers

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    May 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The funeral for Ann McGuire, the school teacher who was fatally stabbed last month, takes place today in Leeds. She …
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