Jim is unimpressed with the sudden urgency ministers are applying to decades of post office injustice. He also looks ahead to a year of elections.
Is the King’s Speech conclusive evidence that the government has run out of ideas?
Rishi Sunak ‘celebrated’ his first anniversary as PM this week. As Frank McKenna reminds us, it has not been the easiest year for the man who was once seen as the ‘grown up centrist’ who could save the government.
In his blog Jim reflects that there is still a way to go until the next General Election. Unpredictable events, like Gaza, can shake even the most succesful parties, as Labour is showing.
Jim looks forward to more difficult by elections for the government and fears for the green agenda after last week’s contests.
Jim reflects on the return of turmoil in British politics and its not just amongst the Tories. He looks at Sir Keir Starmer’s continuing purge of the left and changes at Town Halls across the region following the local elections.
It was a great local election result for Labour, so why do doubts remain that the Tory dragon has still not been slain? Jim gives full analysis to all the North West results.
Jim is frustrated by the lack of activity on two of the major issues facing the country, strikes and the consequences of Brexit. He also looks at the forthcoming by election in West Lancashire.
Jim isn’t filled with much Christmas cheer as he reviews a pretty awful year for the government. He recalls the disaster like an unending drama, but also thinks Labour has much to do to inspire people in 2023.
Jim surveys the grim political landscape for North West Conservatives as a leading MP decides to quit, and the party faces defeat in next week’s Chester by election.
Jim criticises the government for rushing through its social care proposals whilst acknowledging that Labour has no alternative.He also forecasts a change of priorities for the next leader of Manchester City Council.
Everyone in favour of a People’s Vote, or remaining in the EU, needs to get behind the Lib Dems in the Euro elections. That’s Jim Hancock’s conclusion following their strong showing in last week’s local elections. He also gives his full assessment of Town Hall voting across the North West and assesses the state of government talks with Labour on Brexit.