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2019 Articles

Poll predicts Tory majority of 28, halved from a fortnight ago
Poll predicts Tory majority of 28, halved from a fortnight ago
In a further sign that the election polls are narrowing, a comprehensive poll conducted by YouGov suggested the expected Tory [...]
December 10, 2019
Whisky business: A wintry trip to the magical Highlands
Whisky business: A wintry trip to the magical Highlands
Winter sun, this ain’t. Trundling northwards through the Cairngorms towards Inverness, you could be forgiven for thinking you were travelling [...]
December 10, 2019
The Beeb needs reform
The Beeb needs reform
In an unconventional move for a frontline politician at election time, Boris Johnson yesterday offered an honest and reasonably clear [...]
December 10, 2019
Tory border policy will need some revisiting
Tory border policy will need some revisiting
There has been much discussion of the Tories’ planned Aussie-style points-based immigration system in this election. The Conservatives present the [...]
December 6, 2019
Our school system needs tinkering, not ripping up
Our school system needs tinkering, not ripping up
Education, education, education. Brits of a certain vintage will remember those three words, underpinning the foundations of New Labour’s message [...]
December 4, 2019
New beer and pubs boss looks to ensure industry keeps its fizz
New beer and pubs boss looks to ensure industry keeps its fizz
Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy” is a quote that adorns tourist-tat t-shirts and bar [...]
December 3, 2019
Capitalism must keep an eye on itself, too
Capitalism must keep an eye on itself, too
Appointments to top regulatory jobs do not necessarily set the pulse of the nation racing, but the installation of Samantha [...]
November 29, 2019
Johnson fights the socialists but Brexit still overshadows all
Johnson fights the socialists but Brexit still overshadows all
Compared to Labour’s manifesto, which offered everything to everyone, yesterday’s Tory manifesto launch felt almost ascetic. Much of what was [...]
November 25, 2019
This election is a battle Labour does not deserve to win
This election is a battle Labour does not deserve to win
In 2004, the US chat show host Oprah Winfrey gave away a brand new car to each member of her [...]
November 22, 2019
A welcome revival for tax-cutting instincts
A welcome revival for tax-cutting instincts
Tax cuts — remember them? So far, this has not been an election campaign to warm the hearts of those [...]
November 21, 2019
Our Westminster politicians must pay heed to the Union
Our Westminster politicians must pay heed to the Union
Pollsters at election time are a funny breed. Like Father Christmas, they drop nuggets of data into the hands of [...]
November 14, 2019
Experts split on impact of Farage's decision to stand-down candidates
Experts split on impact of Farage's decision to stand-down candidates
Pollsters and Westminster strategists were split this afternoon over the impact of Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage’s decision not to [...]
November 11, 2019
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson to step down as an MP
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson to step down as an MP
Labour Deputy Leader and West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson will not be standing for re-election in the 12 December [...]
November 6, 2019
Facebook has a job to win new cheerleaders
Facebook has a job to win new cheerleaders
For an outfit founded on the principle of bringing friends together, Facebook has cut a lonely figure in recent years. [...]
November 5, 2019