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By Tubby Isaacs
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The Conservative MP Priti Patel said the episode underlined the need for complete transparency by parliamentarians about their outside earnings. She said Lord Mandelson should know the importance of “sending out a very strong and clear message to clients and future clients that he is an individual with integrity”
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By Tubby Isaacs
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Crikey!

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/com ... 42155.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Andrew Adonis.
The truth is that the big six energy companies, who supply to 98 per cent of homes, are failing to give consumers a fair deal. The problem is easy to state. Energy bills have risen by an average of almost £300 for families since the election. And it is not just households that are being hit. Companies say that energy is the second biggest cost they face, after wages, and this is a major threat to their competitiveness – or even to their viability. When wholesale energy prices went up in 2008, bills went up. But when wholesale electricity prices fell by 45 per cent in 2009, household bills only fell by 5 per cent. No wonder trust has fallen and support for Ed Miliband’s stand is so strong.
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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And more.

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/0 ... p-matters/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
While many of my fellow passengers travelling on East Coast between Edinburgh and London may not feel interested in who runs their trains, if they knew that punctuality was threatened and fares set to rise, they would be. And this is exactly what I fear will happen if the government reprivatises services on this line ahead of the next election.
Don't know anything about Sheila Gilmore, maybe she's OK. But are this lot starting to fall in behind Miliband a bit more?
 
By Winegums
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Tubby Isaacs wrote:And more.

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/0 ... p-matters/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
While many of my fellow passengers travelling on East Coast between Edinburgh and London may not feel interested in who runs their trains, if they knew that punctuality was threatened and fares set to rise, they would be. And this is exactly what I fear will happen if the government reprivatises services on this line ahead of the next election.
Don't know anything about Sheila Gilmore, maybe she's OK. But are this lot starting to fall in behind Miliband a bit more?
Looks like it. I wonder if a lot of them were reared on New Labour and its success - maybe they associated old labour with perennial opposition and thought the only way for Labour to get power was to swing to the right.
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... sm-economy" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

From which I learn that Al Gore lost in 2000 because of too much leftwing rhetoric. Contrasted with Bill Clinton who won because he did more rightwing populism.

I though the difference might have been more down to Ross Perot, but never mind.
By new puritan
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Tubby Isaacs wrote:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... sm-economy

From which I learn that Al Gore lost in 2000 because of too much leftwing rhetoric. Contrasted with Bill Clinton who won because he did more rightwing populism.

I though the difference might have been more down to Ross Perot, but never mind.
And even firebrand 'Red' Al Gore managed to win the popular vote by 540k.
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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youngian wrote:American populist movement of the late 19th century? This is vague airy fairy stuff. And he's head honcho at Progress? If that's the best they can do Ed M has little to worry about.

And I don't think it is left wing populism which is tanking Hollande's poll ratings.
The late populist movement was quite something. This chap really put the wind up em.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Je ... aign,_1896" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The days of socialist newspapers in Oklahoma.
By new puritan
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Obama's 2012 campaign was fairly populist in content - hard not to look populist when you're up against someone like Mitt Romney though, admittedly. I was under the impression that Progress types were huge Obama fans (they seem to have an unhealthy preoccupation with US politics generally).
By Andy McDandy
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To be fair, any presidential election after a double term is tough on the incumbent party. A breath of fresh air is sometimes what's wanted.
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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new puritan wrote:Obama's 2012 campaign was fairly populist in content - hard not to look populist when you're up against someone like Mitt Romney though, admittedly. I was under the impression that Progress types were huge Obama fans (they seem to have an unhealthy preoccupation with US politics generally).
Yes, exactly.

I recall Hodges banging on about Miliband's alleged "35%" strategy, while admiring Obama's campaign which was very focused on getting votes where they needed them.

And of course, the thought would never have entered Tony Blair's head.
By new puritan
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This Matt Forde bloke's a bit of a twat isn't he?
Well, that was weird. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Labour conference quite like it. Maybe other Progress readers can identify with this, but I felt naughty being there. Almost like I’d managed to blag my way into a pub I’m barred from while the landlord’s on holiday. Any second I expected a hand on my shoulder and a voice to say ‘you, out’. It’s an odd thing to feel an outsider in your own party. You’re left feeling disloyal but slightly bemused at how you’ve ended up in that position. Throwing lager at the problem didn’t really help, it just gave the week more jeopardy than it needed. Reflecting on it now, I probably should not have gone, but where’s the fun in that?
http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/1 ... than-this/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Apparently he's a comedian.
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