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Twenty Twelve and 2012

In the weeks running up to the Olympics, the BBC has been showing a farcical satire on the games’ organisation: Twenty Twelve. The humour is based on the idea that the public sector is a chaotic interchange between management sloganeering and staff indifference. But watching the final episode when it was repeated last night, Twenty [...]

Prime Minister’s Questions, 25 January

Harold Macmillan (pictured) was supposed to detest Prime Minister’s Questions so much that he was sick before every session. Supermac versus Harold Wilson was surely a real clash of heavyweights, though sadly no audio, never mind film, record exists. David Cameron and Ed Miliband are hardly in the same league. Cameron regularly gets through the [...]

The political risks of the almost centre ground

No politician totally encapsulates the political centreground, so why are some punished by the electorate for it, while others aren’t asks Steve Van Riel, political consultant at Centreground Political Communications. Think even of the textbook examples, say, Tony Blair in 1998 (and for quite a bit longer as well), David Cameron back in his huskie [...]

One day at Millbank

The attendance at Philip Gould‘s funeral was a mark of the respect and affection in which he was held, and my mind has returned to the events of 15 years ago this week because they have so much to do with Philip and the energy and determination he brought to Labour’s campaigning, writes Adrian McMenamin. [...]

The Eurosceptic case against a referendum

Darren Murphy, Chief Executive, Centreground Political Communications I am a Eurosceptic. Not one of those on the Right or the Left obsessed by the idea that “Europe” is either some sort of Euro-communist conspiracy against British capitalism or a ‘Capitalist Club’ determined to defeat any chance of a socialist Britain. Thankfully it is neither of [...]

Learning from François

Eight or so years ago I worked as the press secretary to the British Labour MEPs, travelling between London, Brussels and Strasbourg. Even then Labour was in the minority in Europe in being a centre-left party in power, but at least we had the Swedish and the German social democrats sharing the burdens of office. [...]

Be patient: health to return as an election issue

The NHS was hardly an issue at the last British General Election. Waiting times – the public’s number one concern about the NHS for decades – had fallen and were set at a maximum of 18 weeks from referral to treatment. People were less concerned about the NHS than they had been for years so [...]

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