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No GDP boost yet for the Tories. LAB has double digit leads in all the latest polls

No GDP boost yet for the Tories. LAB has double digit leads in all the latest polls

Just a third now blame Labour for the cuts Maybe it’s all too early but in the wake of last week’s news that Britain was out of recession and that the GDP was on the up again there were many who thought that the Tories would get a poll bost. Maybe that will happen but from three surveys from three totally separate pollsters using very different methodologies the signs are that Labour is enjoying a substantial lead. The latest phone…

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David Herdson asks: Will HS2 ever get built?

David Herdson asks: Will HS2 ever get built?

Wouldn’t the money be better spent elsewhere? The debate that’s recently taken place over the awarding of the next West Coast mainline franchise to FirstGroup refocuses the spotlight on the proposed HS2 line, which if built would be a very serious competitor to it.  That the franchise runs until 2026 – the date proposed for the opening of the first stage of HS2 – is presumably not coincidental. Will it be built though?  There’s a lot of opposition along the…

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Will Dave regret his debate fuel promise?

Will Dave regret his debate fuel promise?

Is this the problem with policy-making on the hoof? Cast your minds back to Tuesday April 22nd when Adam Boulton of Sky News was moderating the second leaders’ debate in Bristol. A week earlier Nick Clegg had suddenly burst onto the scene with his first debate appearance and the polls had changed dramatically. The general view was that Cameron had performed below par and the pressure was on him to do much better. In the second debate he was clearly…

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Will nursery milk be “saved” by the LDs at the last minute?

Will nursery milk be “saved” by the LDs at the last minute?

Sky News Get ready for the politics of the spending review The main story on SkyNews this morning evokes memories of what became a defining measure by the then education secretary, Margaret Thatcher, in 1971 – a long time ago. Even those who are too young to have been about at the time must be aware of the chant from the period – “Thatcher Thatcher – Milk Snatcher” – something that came to symbolise the 70s and the 80s. Her…

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