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Mayors Shine as National Politics Falls into Disarray

As a glass half full type of guy, I am usually able to see the positives in most things, but as we enter week four of 2018 I am struggling to muster anything other than despair and disdain for those politicians who are leading us at a national government level. Following on from her reshuffle […]

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Carillion boost for Corbyn

The political tide should be running strongly for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. In the week when he has tightened his grip on the party’s organisation, the collapse of construction giant Carillion gives powerful weight to his arguments against privatising public services. The NHS is always a strong Labour card and the continuing crisis in our […]

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Time for a new party?

If anyone thought that there was an opportunity for a fresh start for the Prime Minister and the government in 2018, then that thinking was quickly extinguished with a cabinet re-shuffle that was as shambolic and chaotic as the Conservative General Election campaign back in the Summer. The details of Theresa May’s attempts to reinvigorate […]

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Thin pickings for North in reshuffle

It’s a good job Justine Greening threw her toys out of the pram, or the North wouldn’t have a single Cabinet Minister after the reshuffle. The refusal of the former Education Secretary to move to head up the Department for Work and Pensions meant a quick call to Esther McVey to take the post. It’s […]

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After Brexit, a Corbyn government?

The people haven’t risen up At this turn of the year I wait in vain for any sign that the British public has changed its mind on Brexit in sufficient numbers to encourage a revolt amongst Remain parliamentarians. So, in looking forward to 2018, I am forced to the depressing conclusion that the year will […]

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