Tim Bale

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A Truly 'Brave' Decision: How Much Will Ed Miliband's 'Mend-Not-End' Plan on the Trade Union Link Cost Labour?

(1) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (16:25)

Ed Miliband's move to 'mend not end' Labour's relationship is a brave decision - both in the conventional sense of that term and in the sense famously employed by Yes Minister's Sir Humphrey Appleby, namely to suggest that a particular course of action is, shall we say, 'not...

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Wait for It! Why Tory Criticisms of Labour's Reluctance to Release Policy Might Be Wide of the Mark

(4) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (10:46)

As luck would have it, Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps fired his latest salvo at Labour, focusing on the fact that they weren't coming up with new policies, on the very same morning that Ed Balls decided to announce his plans to scrap winter fuel payments to well-off...

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Eastleigh By-Election: Worst of All Worlds for the Tories

(18) Comments | Posted 1 March 2013 | (09:47)

The sensible advice to the Tories after Eastleigh is, of course, 'don't panic'. The problem, however, is they already have. Indeed, they've been panicking about Ukip for well over a year now - which is precisely why they've ended up in this mess in the first place. And...

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Conservatives Are No Longer Divided on Europe

(22) Comments | Posted 12 December 2011 | (23:00)

The Conservative Party is no longer divided on Europe - and that is part of its problem. In the 1990s, there were still a fair few Tory MPs who, while they weren't exactly Europhiles, nevertheless saw in the EU an opportunity rather than a threat, or at the very least...

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