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Dear Jo, Congratulations on being appointed head of the No10 Policy Unit by the prime minister. I’m sure you’ve received a lot of unsolicited advice in the last week or so, and doubtless much of it has been unhelpful. I … Continue reading

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Historically, deep economic crises have tended to manifest themselves in ideological and political disruptions and paradigm shifts.

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As good civil servants observing the appropriate rules, the Downing Street press office issued a copy of the prime minister’s welfare reform speech with sections marked ‘political content excised’. In truth, if they’d applied that editing principle consistently, the whole … Continue reading

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The publication of an essay by John Curtice for IPPR’s new journal, Juncture, provoked some interesting debate (here, here and here) about the prospects for a Labour–Liberal Democrat coalition after the next general election. Much of this discussion understandably concentrates … Continue reading

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The Times ran an interesting piece (£) yesterday on the Queen’s speech for the next parliamentary session, expected in May. It reported that the Coalition has struggled to assemble a legislative programme of any great scope and depth and that … Continue reading

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Keynes once famously remarked that: ‘Possibly the Liberal Party cannot serve the State in any better way than by supplying Conservative Governments with Cabinets and Labour Governments with ideas.’ He was prescient, as ever.

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On one level, today’s referendum closes the political cycle that started with the eruption of the expenses scandal in 2009. That scandal brought forth a set of demands for political reform which found outlets in different channels.

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The past week has seen a slew of grim news from the retail sector, while the Bank of England has reported increased mortgage defaults and the OBR is predicting increases in household debt. It’s not looking good.

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As a former head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, I have been reading about the recent reorganisation of David Cameron’s operations there with some interest. I always thought it was a mistake for the incoming Prime Minister to denude himself … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s shocking figures for GDP in the last quarter of 2010 – showing a contraction of 0.5% (or 0% if the bad weather effects are stripped out) – have changed the dynamics of British politics. As most of the newspapers … Continue reading

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