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The unelected man behind one of the most important Lib Dem achievements in government

28 July 2014 ,
He isn’t a minister. He’s not elected. He’s not even an unelected member of the House of Lords. But he’ll be able to look back on this Parliament as one where he made a much bigger contribution than many Liberal Democrat ministers.
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Are sleeping pills a way to raise turnout in elections?

28 July 2014 ,
Elections that occur after people have had more sleep result in higher turnout.
Daily Telegraph on coalition

The wisdom of political punditry

27 July 2014
David Cameron rules out forming a coalition government - so reported the Daily Telegraph just two days before Cameron offered to form a coalition government.
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Watch and laugh: Clarke and Dawe – Australian media. An in-depth analysis.

26 July 2014 ,
More comedy genius from Australia’s Clarke and Dawe:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
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UKIP general election candidate stands down over electoral fraud claims

26 July 2014 , ,
Four months after being charged with electoral fraud involving nomination papers for local elections, UKIP's general election candidate for Yarmouth has resigned.
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VIDEO: Remember how things stood in 2010?

25 July 2014
The economy has now recovered to above pre-crash levels, showing that the Liberal Democrats were right to go into government in 2010 to fix the economy mess
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Two good ideas and one duff one from the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission's report into the May 2014 elections is fairly low-key, but in amongst the modest changes floated based on the lessons of this year are a couple of welcome details - and one misplaced idea.
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The ministry of data

22 July 2014
Unusually for a reshuffle move, Ed Vaizey’s new job is one for which he has plenty of relevant experience in government.
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What should a political speech try to achieve?

To say a politician's speech only contained what what the audience likes to hear isn’t always a compliment.
FT story on carbon budget

A welcome green victory for the Lib Dems

21 July 2014
Oborne backs down on cutting carbon targets