Tag Archives: Elections

Lipstick-wearing fattened pigs: or why now is the time to think about 2015

I was in Brussels last week and came across the New Europe newspaper which had on its back page this:   It’s a bit blurry but the text next to the photo of David Cameron reads: “PM who allowed MPs … Continue reading

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Lessons from Obama’s victory

As an incumbent who won re-election during economic stagnation there are plenty of lessons for the Conservatives from Obama’s comprehensive victory. Team Obama is undoubtedly one of the most impressive campaigning machines. First Hillary Clinton, then John McCain and now … Continue reading

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Crisis in the Maldives: Democracy in danger

Three years ago, the Maldives’ first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, addressed our party conference. He was his country’s Nelson Mandela, a man who had spent years in solitary confinement, prison and house arrest, enduring torture and beatings, but emerged to … Continue reading

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Will the Lib Dems and Labour make a pre-election deal?

Last week I attended a Conservative Intelligence event on how the Conservatives may win the next election.  Stephen Shakespeare, CEO of YouGov, was adamant that the next election will once again result in a hung Parliament. In 1992 just over … Continue reading

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Tory Modernisation Needs To Be Updated, Not Abandoned

Tory modernisation is again being questioned. Some Tory MPs and commentators are reacting to the poor local election results and consistently bad polling evidence by complaining about the Liberal tail wagging the Tory dog. But the truth is that most … Continue reading

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