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This could have been the moment that Cameron and his mother ensured Corbyn would one day become PM

This could have been the moment that Cameron and his mother ensured Corbyn would one day become PM

After the referendum Dave’s worst blunder as leader? Just before Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader in September 2015 I wrote a piece for PB offering Jeremy Corbyn some fashion advice. That piece was inspired by the fact that earlier on that summer I had visited the House of Commons and has seen Jeremy Corbyn living up to the Steptoe Corbyn meme and I wasn’t sure to give Corbyn some loose change. It wasn’t just me who thought Corbyn had dire…

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Dangerous corner. Where would we be now if Remain had won 52:48?

Dangerous corner. Where would we be now if Remain had won 52:48?

The musical cigarette box played the Wedding March. Britain chose narrowly but decisively to vote to leave the EU. One of the frustrations with the universe that we live in is that we never get to see what would have happened if things had panned out differently.   What if the country had chosen differently? Imagine if Remain had won by the same narrow margin.  Where would we be now? Here’s one possibility… David Cameron had got so far sketching…

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Best historical indicator that a LOTO will become PM have been Ipsos-MORI satisfaction ratings and Corbyn’s struggling

Best historical indicator that a LOTO will become PM have been Ipsos-MORI satisfaction ratings and Corbyn’s struggling

The Blair-Major MORI satisfaction ratings before GE1997 The Cameron-Brown Ipsos-MORI satisfaction ratings before GE2010 Current Corbyn-May Ipsos-MORI satisfaction ratings My thanks to James Bowley for the analysis, compiling the data and the charts. The Ipsos-MORI ratings have been used because these have been recorded at regular intervals since 1977. The proposition works for the only other LOTO to become PM since this polling started – Mrs. Thatcher. In the 1979 polls before the election she led the PM, James Callaghan,…

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Ladbrokes offering 50/1 that Cameron will be next Foreign Sec and 16/1 that he’ll return to the cabinet by end of 2019

Ladbrokes offering 50/1 that Cameron will be next Foreign Sec and 16/1 that he’ll return to the cabinet by end of 2019

The ex-PM who took the Brexit referendum gamble said to want to make a return I’m not quite sure how we should take the reports first in the Sun and then in other media outlets about the former PM’s desires. The Standard reports: “..A friend of the 52-year-old suggested he would like to join the Cabinet after a new Tory leader succeeds Theresa May. The source told The Sun: “David is dedicated to public service and has often said he…

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Tomorrow is the third anniversary of David Cameron winning a majority, here’s a few charts for your perusal

Tomorrow is the third anniversary of David Cameron winning a majority, here’s a few charts for your perusal

It appears some people need educating on what a good electoral performance is & how it compares to past results, well I'm here to help. Especially with tomorrow being the third anniversary of Cameron winning a majority. The last time the parties won a majority 1/3 pic.twitter.com/QwmfiXvqJP — TSE (@TSEofPB) May 6, 2018 The last time the parties won a working majority. 2/3 pic.twitter.com/9McVuZLsXe — TSE (@TSEofPB) May 6, 2018 Assuming the next general election is in 2022 by then…

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The day of the husky?

The day of the husky?

Picture credit : WWF One of David Cameron’s early and later much-derided moves was to go to the Arctic to be seen hugging a husky: I hope it won’t be seen as partisan to say that few of us felt that Cameron had a deep-seated love of huskies: we were all clear that it was symbolic. He was detoxifying the Tories – not just about harsh efficiency, but caring about the environment too. Ultimately, though, the environment was seen as…

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How the Tories are still paying the price for Cameron’s failure to win a majority in 2010

How the Tories are still paying the price for Cameron’s failure to win a majority in 2010

The coalition concessions continue to shape Britain’s politics On May 11th 2010, my birthday as it happens, David Cameron was able to enter Downing Street even though he’d failed to win a majority as a result of the coalition deal with Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems. Two aspects of the Tory concessions required to make that happen are still very much in place – the Fixed-Term Term Parliament Act and the doubling of the number of LD members of the House…

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Nine days to go to the by-election and a report from on the ground in Witney

Nine days to go to the by-election and a report from on the ground in Witney

William Hill latest prices Do the betting odds have it right? Witney is a safe Tory seat was made ultra safe by the relatively equal division between Reds and Yellows plus the bonus of having the PM as MP. Last time out Labour thumped Lib Dems in the undercard. In the referendum Remain won 54-46. The constituency can be divided into three rough blocks Witney and Chipping Norton – Con v Lab The fringe of Oxford (Woodstock, Charlbury) Con v…

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