Alan Wager
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Politics postgraduate with an unhealthy obsession with the tittle tattle and machinations of the Westminster village.Looking to combine becoming a doctorate in political philosophy with a burgeoning journalism career. Next time you need a doctor in an emergency, make sure you specify. Edmund Burke's views on political representation are of very little use in a crisis.

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In Praise of Denis MacShane, Modern Politics' Tragic Hero

(6) Comments | Posted 25 December 2013 | (00:00)

It seems fitting that Denis MacShane's sentencing should provide the final, ignominious act to the expenses scandal.

That it will not be is testament to the short-sightedness of a cowed body politic; consumed by fear and self-loathing, rather than wisdom and foresight, into cynical faux-revulsion towards the IPSA's reasoned,...

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The Answer to Farage, and the Solution for Cameron and Miliband: Sitting on Andrew Neil's 'This Week' Sofa

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (10:16)

'Oh dear, I think you're a bit out of touch' Nigel Farage on Michael Portillo

'The stale prescriptions offered by the likes of Alan Johnson are the road to defeat and working class disappointment' Len McCluskey


The settled opinion of the Westminster commentariat has judged the 2 political...

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Why Plato Believed We Should Pay MPs More

(30) Comments | Posted 22 January 2013 | (00:00)

In the eyes of Plato, a portrait painter whose work bore no resemblance to their subject was guilty of misrepresenting "the nature of gods and heroes." Oliver Cromwell, in a similar vein, insisted that artists portray him "warts and all."

Unlike Plato, few would argue David Cameron's status as either...

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Four Reasons Why Ukip Still Don't Matter, and Why It Would Be Dangerous if They Did

(9) Comments | Posted 18 November 2012 | (12:40)

We're Still Waiting for an Electoral Breakthrough

The Corby by-election result was part of Ukip's continuing failure to gain significant traction when it matters most. If the party is planning on improving on their general election result in 2010, consistently exceptional results in by-elections is the key. To...

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'England Does Not Love Coalitions' (But It Will Have to Get Used to Them)

(12) Comments | Posted 27 September 2012 | (01:00)

'Coalitions, although successful, have always found this, that their triumph has been brief... England does not love coalitions.' Benjamin Disraeli, 16 December 1852

As the Lib Dems' annual get-together reaches an end, tarnished by vitriol as persistent in opinion polls as newspaper editorials, it has appeared for some time...

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The Hidden Story of Cameron's Reshuffle- A Rejuvenation of the Whips Office

(1) Comments | Posted 31 August 2012 | (15:50)

Cameron's reshuffle looks like it will be one for the purists within the parliamentary party and the grassroots at large- a reshuffle made up of the Tory right, by the right and for the right. ConservativeHome, a bellwether for the opinion of significant swathes of the party's active members and...

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In Praise of John Bercow

(1) Comments | Posted 16 August 2012 | (18:09)

Attempting to write a contemporary blog on Westminster politics during the summer recess is a difficult task. Indeed at times it can feel fundamentally pointless when compared to the holiday snaps of Cameron in his 'usual', 'casual' blue shirt and the inevitable 'socks and sandals' barbs aimed at Nick Clegg-...

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A Welcome Break for Cameron - But Years of Commons Turmoil Beckons

(1) Comments | Posted 30 July 2012 | (12:00)

Lazy clich├ęs, as a general rule, are best avoided by political hacks and commentators. Yet the likening of the current coalition government to a marriage has been a constant theme for analysts of all creeds in the last two years, and it has never resonated quite as strongly as it...

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