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Prelude to the Potential Downfall of Clegg (originally posted April '10)

The Lib Dems must be relishing in their post-debate glory. The polls have recorded results they could only have dreamed of achieving previously, and their leader has gone from Unknown to Winston Churchill in the popularity stakes. 727 more words

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Vote with the Back of your Hand (originally posted April '10)

You may be following YouGov polls, Populus polls, ICM polls, or even the so-called “poll of polls”. Watching numbers slightly fluctuate on a seemingly random basis is hardly an enjoyable way to engage in the speculation surrounding 6 May. 299 more words

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Marry for Love, Not for Three Quid a Week (originally posted April '10)

The idea of a marriage tax break was floated by the Tories at the beginning of the year. At the time, David Cameron commented in an interview that a Conservative government would send out a signal that “if you take responsibility you will be rewarded, if you don’t you won’t”. 462 more words

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No Tory Glory (originally posted April '10)

When the 1997 election date was announced, Labour’s lead in the polls ranged between 20 and 25 points. Why the Conservatives are not in a similar position today is simply baffling. 447 more words

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Selling the Candidates 2010 (originally posted March '10)

One of my favourite political books is Selling of the President 1968, which follows Nixon on his journey to becoming a television president. Through a carefully crafted TV campaign, advertising executives sold Nixon to the public. 477 more words

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Jefferson, and the Decline of America's Meritocratic Ideals

Once there was a man who lived frugality.  Making all decisions throughout his life in the interest of financial security, he chose the college that would give him the highest return on his investment, rather than the place at which he could have the most meaningful of experiences.   1,036 more words

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On Left and Right

“So why is it so hard to tell whether you’re on the left or on the right, Magundi?” Mr. Bates asked, for once with no sign of hostility. 306 more words

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