Conservatism in crisis, sickies in the public sector and a Miliband masterstroke: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

The Spectator’s Coffee House blog reveals evidence to show that the public doesn’t want the government to drop Lords reform or gay marriage.

Ballots and Bullets note the continuation of the Tory collapse in the polls, as Stumbling and Mumbling muses on the coming crisis of Conservatism. 

David Skelton at The Staggers argues that Jon Cruddas’ appointment as Head of Labour’s policy review […]

Tractors, coups and ugly habits: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Mark Hellowell at Public Finance discusses the coalition’s state of denial over the economy and questions the logic of Clegg’s stated ‘moral duty’ to the next generation.

Steven Baxter at the New Statesman argues that the selective use of evidence is an ugly media habit – and never more so than in relation to the horrific Rochdale grooming case.

Anthony Wells […]

Throwing economic caution to the wind, predicting elections based on football matches and battling for blue collar Britain: Top 5 (or 6) blogs you might have missed this week

Chris Prosser at Politics in Spires investigates whether local elections predict general elections  (although Roger Mortimore of Ipsos MORI has an altogether different tactic of linking election results to football matches).

William Davies at OurKingdom writes that the government should throw caution to the wind in devising new systems of financial risk management.

Charlie Beckett at the Polis blog discusses Murdoch and the Media Committee, suggesting that this has […]

Libertarianism for the rich, a cost-benefit analysis of the Falklands & plunging government approval ratings: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Simon Wren-Lewis at Mainly Macro discusses the Falklands conflict in cost-benefit terms.

Patricia Kaszynska at The Staggers argues that its libertarianism for the rich, paternalism for the rest. 

The FT’s Westminster Blog wonders if the government’s new ‘right to buy’ is too good to be true. 

Toby Blume attempts to strip away the spin about Big Society Capital.

Sunny Hundal at Liberal Conspiracy shows how […]

Osborne neglects the scorecards, speaking economic sense and a modern enclosure movement: Top 5 blogs you may have missed this week

Tim Harford assumes the role of the Chancellor and tries to speak some economic sense, arguing for ‘short-term stimulus, long-term fiscal consolidation, and reform aiming at a sane system of taxation’.

Damian McBride explains how the budget ‘scorecard’ process works and suggests that Osborne has taken his eye off the ball in relenting on the ‘ruthless discipline’ of his first […]

Bashing Goldman Sachs, Tories voting for Obama and poverty in employment: Top 5 blogs you may have missed this week

Flipchart Fairy Tales weighs in on this week’s story of the former Goldman Sachs banker who trashed his former employer in the pages of the New York Times. The blog notes that not even banks go from nice to nasty in a decade.

The Economist’s Bagehot discusses the current state of UK-US relations, noting that the two respective leaders are […]

Labour are doorstepping naked, ‘public schoolboy’ Cameron is suffering and the government isn’t loved by anyone: political blog round up for 3 – 9 March

Cheryl Brumley, Danielle Moran and Joel Suss round up the week in political blogging Health reform The Lib Dems could be about to kick up a storm over the Health and Social Care Bill, warns the Coffee House. Liberal Conspiracy wonders why Lansley is quiet about some good health news and The Staggers have footage of the Health Secretary as he is heckled leaving […]

Cameron horses around, the rich are reminded why they bother to work, and the Pret-a-Manger Factor: political blog round up for 25 February – 2 March

Cheryl Brumley, Danielle Moran and Joel Suss round up the week in political blogging The parties The FT’s Westminster blog thinks that Cameron’s lack of strategy is beginning to show and The Tory Diary’s Paul Goodman writes that the Conservatives must learn to be interested in the affairs of different ethnic groups (for which they are being given training according to Political Scrapbook) if they want […]

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