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Lessons for Conservatives from community organising

Back in 2008 Barack Obama made community organising famous, although that didn’t help anybody understand what it was. First of all the bad news: it’s definitely left-wing. The community organising approach does however have important lessons for political campaigning more … Continue reading

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Will Big Data decide who wins the White House?

Tonight this year’s White House hopefuls meet in Denver, Colorado for the much-anticipated first Presidential TV debate, hoping their performances will be decisive: Romney needs a “game changer” to get back in the race, whilst Obama seeks to consolidate a … Continue reading

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Should we worry about the 47 per cent?

“My job is is not to worry about those people”: Mitt Romney, filmed on 17 May 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnB0NZzl5HA&list=UUbWB33FQvFiV0Pq9Calkgzw&index=12&feature=plcp Mitt Romney has yet again shown that he is unlikely to win any prizes for running a decent campaign. Fair enough, he … Continue reading

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The truth about the American right: A review of CPAC

The opening ceremony of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington last week seemed to confirm my worst fears about the American right. Mass recital of the Pledge of Allegiance was followed by a diva singing the Star Spangled … Continue reading

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What should the Tories learn from the US debt crisis?

Late on Tuesday, the US finally agreed on a deal to raise the country’s debt ceiling, avoiding a catastrophic default and consequences that would have been felt around the world. The old saying that ‘when America sneezes, the rest of … Continue reading

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