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A Vaccine against Stupidity

A Vaccine against Stupidity

The government must hope that Pfizer’s vaccine announcement will overshadow the continued rumblings about Kate Bingham, Chair of the Vaccine Task Force and her expensive (and, judging by results, useless) PR consultants. She is due to leave in January, as originally planned. If you believe Hancock, that is. He’s fast becoming this government’s Marie-Antoinette. According to his latest interview, people paid £670,000 for 6 months’ work in government should be thanked as they have “given up” six months of their…

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Another day and another set of front pages featuring the beleaguered EdSec Gavin Williamson

Another day and another set of front pages featuring the beleaguered EdSec Gavin Williamson

Will there be a safe return to schools next month? Maybe it is because it is the middle of August and there’s not a lot of other political news about but EdSec Williamson continues to struggle to get off the front pages. My Tweet above has a selection of six of them this morning. He might have the backing of Boris but there’s another big development tomorrow with the latest English exam “results” that aren’t because of the emergency action…

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Safe as houses?

Safe as houses?

Housing has long had a special place in the Tory party’s heart. A “property owning democracy” in Mrs Thatcher’s vision. It has also proved a nightmare as the rises in interest rates, negative equity and repossessions in the 1990’s showed. Now the problem is different: people desperate to own a home (the young) are shut out by sky high prices (at least in some places), the difficulties of saving for a deposit while renting and the lack of sufficient affordable…

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Thoughts from a Big Beast

Thoughts from a Big Beast

On Monday evening, Ken Clarke, described by Intelligence² as a Big Beast of British politics, was being interviewed by John Humphreys, though even Humphreys was scarcely able to get a word in, as Ken opined, entertainingly and at length, on Brexit, Boris, elections and a life in politics. The following comments he made are worth noting as relevant, not just to the election, but to politics thereafter:- Communicating with voters The challenge now for politicians was how to talk to voters,…

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The curious incident of the ERG at Christmas 2017

The curious incident of the ERG at Christmas 2017

Congratulations to PM for her determination in getting today’s deal. We now aim to forge a deep and special partnership with our European friends and allies while remaining true to the referendum result – taking back control of our laws, money and borders for the whole of the UK. — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 8, 2017 Johnson Tweet from December 2017 The dozy reaction to the Joint Report has misframed Brexit ever since Why does a dog not bark when…

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The Tories seem determined to blow up their own party

The Tories seem determined to blow up their own party

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new administration has so far moved with speed and determination. That’s one reason why so many commentators seem taken in by its impression of tough-minded resolve and tactical acumen. But we shouldn’t be fooled. There are huge risks in the approach that Johnson and his right-hand man Dominic Cummings are taking, and they have made a series of mistakes that might give their opponents the last laugh. The first blunder the new-model Conservatives made actually predates…

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The Conservative Party is pursuing profoundly un-conservative policies. So I’ve left it.

The Conservative Party is pursuing profoundly un-conservative policies. So I’ve left it.

Ideology with no concern for consequences or convention is the business of revolutionaries I have today resigned my membership of the Conservative Party after 24 years. While that’s a moment of some sadness for me, it’s of trivial importance on any wider scale. What isn’t trivially important is the set of changes which the Party’s undergone in the last few years and especially the last few weeks because these will have an immense impact on the country, one way or…

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Why I’ve resigned from the Conservative Party

Why I’ve resigned from the Conservative Party

  From longstanding PBer Richard Nabavi After five decades of support for the Conservatives, I have now resigned as a party member. Naturally this hasn’t been an easy decision; it has been a pleasure working with my MP Nus Ghani, and before her Charles Hendry, and helping in a small way in various constituencies to achieve six years of sound Conservative-led government under David Cameron, even if the past two years have been increasingly difficult. I shall miss the opportunities…

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