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The detailed polling by Lord Ashcroft published today on ConservativeHome brings some encouraging news for the Liberal Democrats. In a set of key marginals held by the Conservatives and where the Liberal Democrats were second in 2010, there has only been a modest swing to the Conservatives since May 2010. In the eight seats polled, [...]
Unusual political times indeed courtesy of the front page of today’s Times. For a long time a central part of Liberal Democrat welfare policy was to integrate and simplify the tax and benefits system. The policy faded away from the party’s priorities, partly because the details were never that straightforward; for example, how do you [...]
Two different stories today, unconnected in one way but both – particularly when put together – speaking volumes for the current state of the Conservative Party. Obviously, panic or disagreements are in no way involved. Not at all. First we have ConservativeHome’s take on the party starting to use YouGov in addition to Populus: Up until now [...]
ConservativeHome has published a list of 100 achievements of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London saying, “He is bringing tangible benefits to Londoners.” Several of the major items on the list are highly questionable but the best is number 27, which I quote in full: The Queen’s portrait unveiled in City Hall. A cynic might […]
Mark Pack poses the question ... Predictions that the next general election will be the one in which the internet will make a huge impact have regularly come and gone. Post-Obama ready yourself for another such clutch of predictions, but underneath this punditry froth the internet has got on with quietly shifting the way politics works. It’s been more at the unglamorous organisational end (imagine trying to organise a campaign without email) than at the eye-catching systems-shattering dramatic end beloved of pundits, but it’s been a major change nonetheless.
Over at ConservativeHome they’ve got an interview with William Hague, in which he makes this comment about Have I Got News For You: I took the view that appearing on it is not compatible with being on the Front Bench. Now, who’s recently appeared on that show? His fellow Conservative front bencher, Alan Duncan. Oops. Or maybe not [...]
There was an interesting little example last week of how the Conservatives are trying to use blogs to set the tone of news reporting, courtesy of Boris Johnson and a report into his behaviour. The report, into Boris Johnson’s behaviour over the Damian Green affair, makes major criticisms of his behaviour but falls short of […]
ConservativeHome has the story of how a Conservative activist went to a fancy dress party as Madeleine McCann.
I only wonder but … the job of being a local council Chief Executive involves being responsible for far more staff, far bigger budgets and (much though I think my colleagues in our media team are important) far more important issues than heading up a media team. The awful fallout if a council bungles its […]