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Choose your own fantasy

What a depressing conference season this has been. We’ve had the triumphant gurning idiocy of Nigel Farage’s UKIP, a somnolently downbeat Labour gathering and a Conservative party that has decided that their route to victory is to disengage the clutch of reality … Continued

Labour Line Up Big Guns in Heywood and Middleton, Fearful of a Ukip Insurgency

It appears the Labour Party are rapidly losing confidence in their ability to hold on to Haywood and Middleton in next week’s by election. Breitbart London understands that they are not finding the support on the doorstep they had expected,...Show More Summary

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Wise Law Blog

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Wednesday, October 1, 2014: The challenges of Luka Magnotta's 'not criminally responsible' defence Ontario Labour Ministry blitz finds 42% of companies with interns break...Show More Summary

Cameron’s speech: the reaction

It would appear tax cuts, the NHS, don’t let Labour ruin it and vote Nigel and get Ed is the Tory strategy for 2015.   COMMENT Like it or not, DC hit the spot this year in a way that EM didn't. UKIP is a vote for Labour line loud and clear. — Adam Boulton […]

Backbone of a Jellyfish

I listened to a bit of First Minister's Questions (FMQs) in the Scottish Parliament last week and heard a Labour MSP areas ask about the loss of 16 firefighters jobs in the Lothian area, which seemed to concern him greatly even though the job losses were all being managed by a voluntary redundancy process. Show More Summary

Tomorrow, David Cameron has to stamp out Ukip's bonfire – once and for all

On Tuesday 1 October 1985, the Labour Party won the 1997 general election. That was the day that Neil Kinnock finally cast aside the caution that had defined his leadership, and confronted head on the militants who were threatening to destroy his party. It took Labour another 12 years to finally complete its journey from [...]

Bill de Blasio, Adam Smith and the Living Wage Movement

"It is but equity that they who feed, clothe, and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed and lodged." -- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations Don't let Adam Smith fool you. Show More Summary

Do ‘conference bounces’ exist?

What is a ‘good conference’? I’ve been thinking a little about this since Labour conference, which received less than stellar reviews from the assembled journalists. On one level, it’s an easy question to answer. A good conference is one that … Continued

Exclusive: Leaked lines to take for Tory MPs show party nerves about Ukip

Tory conference has been much more upbeat than last week’s gloomy offer from Labour. But just in case the party had turned up in a bad mood after the defection… Continue reading The post Exclusive: Leaked lines to take for Tory MPs show party nerves about Ukip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Are more jobs low-paying?

THERE has been a widespread media narrative recently which says that the British labour market recovery has relied on low-paying jobs. We highlighted this trend, and its implications for tax revenues, in the print edition two weeks ago. Show More Summary

Conservative Conference: What Have the Tories Got to Smile About?

"A funeral", "a wake", "awful", "dead". These are some of the words used by attendees to describe Labour’s annual conference last week. That is Labour, the party which barring a miracle will sweep to power at next year’s general election and see its leader, Ed Miliband, become Prime Minister. Show More Summary

Mister Ed

Ed Miliband's speech to the Labour Party conference is going to be lampooned from here to the general election, and rightly so I think because it was truly terrible from a man who has been a professional politician for years. In case...Show More Summary

Dead Cat Bounce

If the latest opinion polls are to be believed, Labour received what's referred to in political circles as a 'dead cat bounce' after Ed Miliband's disastrous leader's speech, which is still attracting huge publicity although, from the party's point of view, for all the wrong reasons. Show More Summary

GP surgeries to open at weekends under Tory plans

Credits: John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Alt Text: David Cameron David Cameron tries to counter Labour's plan to focus its election campaign on the NHS One-Minute Read Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 8:50am Doctors' surgeries will open for up...Show More Summary

Housing a growing state

During WWII, the Federal Government introduced restrictions on the building and renovation of homes in Australia. A shortage in building materials and labour made development during the war a limited exercise. The increase in post-war population put further strain on the nation’s housing infrastructure. Show More Summary

Offshoring and skill-biased technical change

Offshoring of production can have a deep impact on the wages and welfare of workers with different abilities through its effect on technological progress. This column argues that, when labour is sufficiently cheap abroad, firms have incentives to offshore low-skill tasks and invest in skill-biased technologies at home. Show More Summary

Defections bring out the worst in political parties

Shall I tell you the worst thing about the Conservative Party? It’s the same as the worst thing about Labour, UKIP and the LibDems: the tribalism. Evolutionary biologists have all sorts of explanations for it, involving kinship cohesion and out-groups and what have you. No doubt it was a useful instinct on the savannahs of [...]

Ukip theatricals: the Tory nightmare has barely begun

Alt Text: Don Brind With the Tories six points behind Labour in mega-poll, Ukip can ruin the Tories’ election hopes Column Don Brind Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:28pm Nigel Farage has done the easy bit. His “coup de théâtre” in arranging...Show More Summary

Nine reasons David Cameron should be cheerful

Delegates at the Tory Party Conference woke up this morning to some depressing headlines, not least this one in the Telegraph: "Labour will win 'comfortable' majority at general election, says Lord Ashcroft." Nevertheless, I think that Conservatives should not to feel too downbeat. Here's why: 1) The Labour Party, as led by Ed Miliband, isn't [...]

Hannan: Only a Tory-UKIP Pact Can Stop Labour

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom -- Conservative Party MEP Daniel Hannan has taken to the Daily Mail today to insist that an electoral pact between UKIP and the Tories is the only way to stop the Labour Party taking control of the British government at the general election next year. Show More Summary

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