Tag Archives: Making a Difference

“The very stuff that makes life worth living”

Or why “Long-Term Economic Plan” message discipline isn’t enough…. To repeat that grossly (and slightly wrongly) over-quoted mantra from Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Bill (or rather his campaign strategist, James Carville) was right. The economy … Continue reading

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Government transformation: not very interesting but transformational

Last Friday in the pub, I opened my bus checker app to see when the next few buses would arrive. Picking a bus that would arrive in fifteen minutes I said my farewells, finished my pint and arrived at the … Continue reading

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Making your voice valuable

For a variety of reasons, not much has moved me to write here in the last few months. Much of what I’ve started to think of to say I’ve found written already elsewhere, and often I haven’t been sufficiently committed … Continue reading

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Stop dancing to Ukip’s tune, Mr Cameron

In marketing, one of the keys to success is brand ‘differentiation’. The same applies to political parties. I see no value in the Conservative Party becoming Ukip-lite. Lurching to the right will alienate the party’s moderates, and render a Commons … Continue reading

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Whose mud is it, and does it matter?

Last week, Tim Montgomerie wrote for the Times about his worry that “The Lib Dem mud is sticking to the Tories”.  I’ve also written about this (the first post I can find is from June 2010 but there have been … Continue reading

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