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Corbyn’s Copeland Catastrophe?

March 1, 2017

There is no doubt that Labour’s performance in the Copeland by-election last week was historically bad: a government last won a by-election seat off an opposition in 1982. But Jeremy Corbyn’s most die-hard supporters have tried to explain this poor result away. Do their arguments hold any weight? You have read the headlines: this is […]

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King of the Valleys Award 2015

January 3, 2016

Our King of the Valleys Award is awarded to the person or persons who have seen their reputation plummet the furthest over the course of the last 12 months. The unworthy winner(s) receive our infamous dog turd branded King of the Valleys jersey. In the historical pantheon of previous King of the Valleys we have:- […]

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2015: A Year in Review

December 20, 2015

As we reach the fag end days of 2015, it is time to over indulge, be merry and share some artery clogging treats with our loved ones. It is also a time to take stock and reflect on what has been a tumultuous and at times dispiritingly confusing year. Welcome to our Christmas circular review […]

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What Next for the Liberal Democrats?

May 14, 2015

Paddy Ashdown. David Lloyd George. William Gladstone. David Steel. Jo Grimond. Nick Clegg…your boys and girls took a hell of a beating… The biggest loser on election night was the Liberal Democrats. A party that prides itself on its resilience was reduced to a parliamentary husk. The Lib Dems are now left with a meagre […]

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Labour’s Options Narrow As Nick Clegg Sides With The Tories

April 24, 2015

Two developments today have strengthened Tory hands. The first and least surprising was Nigel Farage confirming that UKIP were ‘no longer neutral’ over who is to be Prime Minister and calling for a Tory-UKIP pact to ensure that David Cameron is.   Although hardly a shock there had been, at one point at least, a sense […]

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The Yellow Budget: The Lib Dems are Beyond Parody

March 19, 2015

Yesterday saw the 2015 Budget. This Budget was supported by the Lib Dems and their very own Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Danny Alexander. So much so, that Danny Alexander appeared on countless media outlets to support and defend the Budget and defend the economic policies of the Coalition Government over the past five […]

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Why are political parties so useless at marketing?

February 11, 2015

Labour have unveiled their latest attempt to woo female voters – A pink bus on a “kitchen table” tour. Seriously. They did this. Good intentions destroyed by patronising stupidity. Labour appear to have opened a 1950′s Mad Men manual on how to get ahead in advertising and sell stuff to women by using outdated gender […]

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The General Election: 98 Days To Go

January 29, 2015

One of the many unknown unanswerable questions surrounding the General Election is which party will end up controlling the balance of power. UKIP? SNP? Or once again, the yellow peril – the Lib Dems? In the spirit of liberal generosity, say the Lib Dems end up with between 25-30 MPs (a vastly reduced number from […]

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The Debates Debate

October 22, 2014

Last week the broadcasters collectively put together a proposal for leader debates for next May’s general election.   The proposal is for three debates.  The first is to involve David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage.  The second a debate (along the lines of those in 2010) between Cameron, Miliband and Clegg and finally […]

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Week 29: Prat – Nick Clegg

July 20, 2014

This Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg for his party’s laughable u-turn on the bedroom tax Last week the Lib Dems announced that the supported the repeal of the vindictive and cruel bedroom tax.   This loathsome policy, that seeks to force the poorest out […]

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Cowdenbeath Calamity for Clegg

January 24, 2014

The Cowdenbeath by-election result: Alex Rowley (Lab) 11,192 (share 55.79%, +9.33%) Natalie McGarry (SNP) 5,704 (28.43%, -13.17%) Dave Dempsey (C) 1,893 (9.44%, +2.45%) Denise Baykal (UKIP) 610 (3.04%) Jade Holden (LD) 425 (2.12%, -1.77%) Stuart Graham (Victims) 187 (0.93%) James Trolland (SDA) 51 (0.25%) So, a good night for Labour, a worrying result for the […]

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Rennard: Legal Options and Realities

January 21, 2014

The ongoing farce that is the Lib Dems’ handling of the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations has resulted, inevitably perhaps, in media reports of legal actions that he might bring against the party to restore his position.  These are reported, usually, from a position of supreme legal ignorance.  It is just assumed that as Rennard […]

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Week 45: Prat – Simon Hughes

November 10, 2013

This week’s prat award goes to Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes for not telling parliament about six business related donations worth over £30,000, that were given to his local party – and linked to him. The Standards and Privileges Committee said it had found no evidence of attempts to conceal the six donations because they […]

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Where have all our great politicians gone?

November 5, 2013

“He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” George Bernard Shaw The first sign of becoming a grumpy old man is to think that everything was better in the past. If that is the case, then in terms of politics, I am a fully paid up member of […]

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Hating the Tory Party

October 3, 2013

The word “hate” is nasty old word. This week it has become a politically toxic buzzword. As the fall out continues over the Daily Mail’s predictably odious articles about Ralph Miliband – “the man who hated Britain” – it provoked me into thinking about what I hate in life. There are a few day-to-day petty […]

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Politics through the eyes of an eight year old

October 1, 2013

Last night I had a great conversation with my eight year old boy about politics. He is already developing an early interest in politics – hardly a surprise considering he has two political junkies as parents. As follows… Harry: “Dad, who do you vote for?” Me: “I used to vote for the Lib Dems, but […]

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The Alternative Lib Dem Conference Speech by Nick Clegg

September 19, 2013

“Fellow Liberal Democrats, I have in my hands two conference speeches. In my right hand, I have my official speech that has just been issued under embargo to the media. In my left hand, I have another speech – and this is the speech that I am going to give today. First of all. I […]

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Week 37: Prat – Sarah Teather

September 15, 2013

This week’s prat award goes to former Children’s Minister, and Lib Dem MP, Sarah Teather for announcing that she is to step down as an MP at the 2015 general election because of “some aspects of government policy”. Surely anyone who resigns because of current government policy should be given a hero award? In the […]

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Beyond the Lib Dems…Who do I vote for?

September 13, 2013

Over the past week I have written at length about the Lib Dems. Firstly, I discussed their unilateral parliamentary support for the Gagging Bill – which was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back in terms of my loyalty towards a party that I have always supported and previously worked for. Secondly, I discussed […]

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The Lib Dems: Enough is enough

September 12, 2013

“Don’t settle for low politics and broken promises” – Nick Clegg, 2010 Yes, he fucking well did say that. And yes, he fucking well settled for it. As always with Nick Clegg – Do as I say, not as I do. It has been well documented within the panic rooms of the All That’s Left […]

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Lobbying Bill: Welcome to the Banana Republic of Britain

September 4, 2013

The coalition’s lobbying reforms cleared their first parliamentary hurdle on Tuesday despite justifiable concerns that the legislation will compromise charities, trade unions and campaign groups while failing to address corporate lobbying. The legislation was given its second reading in the Commons, by 309 votes to 247. So, as the government try to smuggle through the […]

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The diminishing returns of political party membership and funding

July 31, 2013

The Electoral Commission has just published the statement of accounts for the major political parties in 2012 – and it makes grim reading for the Lib Dems. The Lib Dems raised £6.02m in 2012 but spent £6.4m – which results in a deficit of around £400,000. Over the same period, its membership fell from 48,934 […]

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Robin Hood Tax: Will the Lib Dems do the right thing?

June 18, 2013

Chris Leslie, the shadow Treasury minister, will table an amendment today against the George Osborne led UK government challenge in the European court of justice against the EU proposal for a Financial Transaction Tax (Robin Hood Tax). This tax could involve a 0.01% levy on non retail banking transactions such as bond and share transactions […]

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The Coalition Anti Sleaze Bill: Dirty Rotten Scoundrel Politics

June 4, 2013

It had to happen. David Cameron and Nick Clegg have decided to insert a last minute clause to clamp down on trade union funding of election campaigns – as part of a new anti-sleaze bill. The new bill will include measures to control in a year prior to the election any spending of third party […]

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Do we all have our own political U-turns?

May 23, 2013

In 1980, Margaret Thatcher famously said: “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” It was a landmark moment for Margaret Thatcher as she publicly rejected calls to perform a political u-turn on her economic policy. Yet, here we are in 2013, and after years of our politicians adopting various forms of […]

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Grown up leadership from Nick Clegg

May 22, 2013

Despite all his naivety and misplaced positioning of the Lib Dems, one thing that I really admire about Nick Clegg is that he continues to raise his head above the parapet in times of trouble. He never shirks it. His statement today will highlight that the coalition is lacking leadership and focus and he states […]

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Week 9: Prat – Nick Clegg

March 3, 2013

This Week’s Prat of the Week is no stranger to this award, it is once again the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg Nick Clegg’s end of the week was a lot better than his start.   The  Lib Dem’s retention of Eastleigh, masking a 14% fall in the Lib Dem […]

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Are We Returning to a Two Party System?

December 2, 2012

It may seem like an odd question with the two main parties on about 70-75% of the vote between them in the latest opinion polls and with the apparent UKIP surge (up to 13% in the Opinium poll for The Observer today).  It is hardly the 97.8% achieved by Labour and the Tories in the […]

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Tell-Tale Teather

November 19, 2012

Yesterday’s interview in The Observer with sacked Lib Dem Minister, Sarah Teather, in which she described the Government’s benefit cap, which will come into force in April next year, as ‘immoral and divisive’ was  revealing for a number of reasons.  However in this short post, I want to highlight three.  1. Teather is a Careerist […]

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The Coalition 2015 Fallacy

October 2, 2012

Westminster Village conventional wisdom has developed over the last few months to the effect that the most likely result of the next general election is a further hung parliament and therefore another coalition government, with the Lib Dems in prime position.    Unsurprisingly, given the Westminster Village’s usual record (see for example the consensus around the inevitable […]

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