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Until now, Dominic Cummings has been little known outside Westminster, where he is spoken of as a brilliant, mercurial and Svengali-like special adviser to Michael Gove. But the engineered leak of his departing advice to his minister – an extended … Continue reading

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Although the media only really woke up to the populist dimensions of Ed Miliband’s One Nation approach this week, it has been a part of his political armoury for some time. The discursive construction of ‘the people’ versus powerful vested … Continue reading

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Today’s speech on social security and the reform of the welfare state was a big moment for the Labour leader, Ed Miliband. He has made some important arguments, on which at least a sizeable part of the battle for the … Continue reading

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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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The term ‘Thatcherism’ was first coined by Stuart Hall in his seminal 1979 essay, ‘The Great Moving Right Show’. At that time, it was the Eurocommunist intellectuals grouped around the magazine Marxism Today – Hall, Eric Hobsbawm and kindred spirits … Continue reading

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It is always sad when someone who has been doing a great job steps down – and the hope has to be that you can find someone who will be an able replacement. Fortunately that is the situation which we … Continue reading

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Last week I attended a party to celebrate David Blunkett’s 65th birthday and 25 years as an MP. I worked for David for a number of years when he was education and employment secretary and then home secretary. Almost everyone … Continue reading

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Over the bank holiday break I finished reading DR Thorpe’s magnificent biography of Harold Macmillan, Supermac. It is a classic of political biography. Although too charitable to Macmillan in parts, and wrongheaded on some key historical moments, like the Suez … Continue reading

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Since the 1970s, Number 10 Downing Street and the adjacent Cabinet Office have, in different ways at different times, hosted units performing two core functions: the provision of political policy advice to the prime minister and strategic, cross-cutting policy development. … Continue reading

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All over Europe, the post-war “catch-all” political parties of left and right are in decline, losing vote share to new parties and other rising forces across the political spectrum. Centre-Right parties are struggling to contain surges of anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic and … Continue reading

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