Tag Archives: Theresa May

  1. Is it time for Theresa May to call the DUP’s bluff on Brexit?

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    December 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 1968, Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson warned the trade unions that if they didn’t accept his relatively modest changes …
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  2. Theresa May’s Florence Speech – shared history, challenges and future

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    September 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Theresa May’s appearance in the Church of Santa Maria Novello in Florence had much significance, not least because it is …
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  3. Like Thatcher in Bruges, the stakes are high for Theresa May’s Florence speech 

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    September 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As Theresa May prepares to make a speech in Florence setting out the UK’s position and offer on Brexit, she …
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  4. The Conservative/DUP deal brings benefits that Northern Ireland needs

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    June 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As soon as the Conservative-DUP deal was announced yesterday morning the pre-prepared press statements were being fired off by all …
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  5. Why there is no simple answer for the ‘3 million’?

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    June 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The latest incident of Theresa May managing to snatch a worse defeat from an already pretty bad one has been …
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  6. 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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  7. The surprise University turnout explained

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    June 16, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Hidden amongst the wailing and gnashing of teeth within the Conservative Party at the incompetence and arrogance of Theresa May …
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  8. What kind of a Brexit compromise is possible now?

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    June 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There were two ways we might have got a soft-Brexit. The first was a massive majority for the Tories, which …
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. What your choice means at this election

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    June 8, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am an unashamed centrist. I vote for what works. It gets me into ‘trouble’ with people who have far …
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  12. London Bridge provides us with so many questions to which we have so few answers

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    June 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Yesterday morning my two kids (aged seven and nine) were building things with Jenga blocks. We had just watched the …
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Corbyn vs May..when poetry met prose

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    May 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Of course, this wasn’t really Corbyn vs May, as the latter has refused to debate the former directly. Instead, first …
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  16. Theresa May’s u-turn on social care made her look weak and unstable

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    May 23, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    One of the reasons I thought that Theresa May wanted to call the snap election was that she felt held …
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Theresa May – just not debate-able

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    May 2, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    From the very start of this General Election campaign, Theresa May has insisted that it is about who leads this …
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Four plus two reasons why Theresa May wants to hold the election on 8th June

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    April 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are many good political and constitutional reasons for Theresa May to have an election right now. She was always …
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  25. Will we actually have the election on June 8th?

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    April 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Theresa May stepped out today (April 18th) to a lectern in Downing Street to announce she would be seeking …
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  26. Why Parliament must have a say on Article 50 and Brexit

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    November 5, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    It is no surprise that even though Steven Phillips voted for Brexit, he has resigned as an MP as a …
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  27. The vote to leave was NOT a vote for a points-based immigration system

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    September 6, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    So the first Brexit battle-line is drawn. Theresa May has ‘ruled-out’ an Australian style points system for immigration as a …
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  28. My view on who will be the next Prime Minister

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    June 26, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Only one thing is certain in Westminster as I write this, and that is that there will be a new …
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  29. 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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  30. Government response to Jihadi John another example of how ‘hard cases make bad law’

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    March 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Often, we are faced with an extreme situation that leads to the cry that “something must be done.” Governments, or …
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  31. No, Theresa, you May not bolster your leadership claims by stopping foreign graduates staying here.

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    December 22, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Those blasted immigrants. Who do they think they are? Coming over here, saving our lives, creating products we want. Oh, …
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  32. Chaos at the Commons as the Government tries to vote on the EAW without actually doing so

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    November 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The word ‘chaos’ barely does it justice. The scenes at the House of Commons on Monday were simply farcical. It …
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  33. 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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  34. Gove vs May: Genuine disagreement on confronting extremism – or something else?

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    June 10, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    So let’s just be clear. Cabinet Ministers are allowed to disagree with each other. In fact, if they want they …
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