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January 8th, 2011

The VAT bombshell is dropped, party mergers are mooted and there is advice aplenty for our political leaders as we head into the new year – political blog round up for 1 – 7 January 2011


Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Blog Admin

January 8th, 2011

The VAT bombshell is dropped, party mergers are mooted and there is advice aplenty for our political leaders as we head into the new year – political blog round up for 1 – 7 January 2011


Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd January

Paul Rainford takes a look at the week in political blogging.

Paul Linford argues that 2011 is a make or break year for the coalition.

The Coffee House highlights the potential political cost to the government of rising commodity prices, and predicts a number of rebellions in the Tory Party.

thetorydiary asks whether David Cameron wants big state charities or big society charities.

Liberal Democrat blogger Mark Thompson wants to see more substantial and unequivocal policies implemented by his party in 2011.

Caroline Badley at Left Foot Forward suggests that building a grassroots movement is the key test for Labour in 2011, while Next Left highlights further challenges for Ed Miliband.

Political Scrapbook rounds up the best political music videos of 2010.

Monday 3rd January

Charlie Beckett at the POLIS blog argues that – in the wake of the Wikileaks revelations – government secrecy is the problem, and not the leakers themselves.

Michael White argues that in order to end the house prices rollercoaster, capital gains tax should be charged on first homes.

The Coffee House comments on speculation of a Liberal Democrat-Conservative merger.

Liberal Conspiracy warns of continued Tory attempts to privatise the NHS.

Tuesday 4th January

Liberal Conspiracy highlights evidence of more Tory lies and deceptions regarding the VAT rise. Alastair Campbell believes that Ed Miliband had made some headway in demolishing the supposed logic behind the VAT rise, but more work still needs to be done.

The Coffee House says that Ed Miliband is right in opposing the VAT rise but for all the wrong reasons. Tony Curzon at Open Democracy believes we should embrace the VAT rise as the best available possibility.

Stephanie Flanders attempts to measure the VAT squeeze.

Sonny Leong at Left Foot Forward argues that Michael Gove’s ignorance of history is causing embarrassments for Britain abroad.

Liberal Bureaucracy disapproves of the idea of a Liberal Democrat-Conservative merger.

Michael White blogs on the limits of economic optimism.

Labour Uncut outlines why poorer students need the EMA.

Wednesday 5th January

John Redwood looks at different ways of taxing to cut the deficit.

thetorydiary highlights the good and the bad of the coalition’s growth agenda.

Robert Peston expresses concern that the recovery is too tilted towards big business.

Liberal Conspiracy fears for the future of the NHS.

The Staggers comments on a bad start to 2011 for Nick Clegg.

ResPublica explores the implications of reform in the House of Lords.

Dr Jon Burnett and Dr David Whyte at Left Foot Forward take a look at the risks facing undocumented workers in the UK.

The Westminster Blog reports on the coalition’s attempts to find a compromise over control orders.

Thursday 6th January

The Coffee House argues that Michael Gove’s school reforms have reached a tipping point.

The Adam Smith Institute Blog calls for a rethink on police powers.

Will Straw at Left Foot Forward encourages Ed Miliband to continue to uncover the Tory deceit on debt, while The Coffee House offers a stern rebuttal.

Robert Peston reports on George Osborne lecturing the EU on banks, as they prepare to pay out huge bonuses.

The Staggers comments on Labour’s plans to outflank the coalition on the right with regards to prisoners’ votes.

Sally Hunt condemns Nick Clegg for trying to redefine the term ‘progressive’.

The Party Lines Blog rounds up the state of the race in the Oldham and Saddleworth by-election, as David Cameron forgets the name of the Conservative candidate.

The TUC’s Touchstone blog argues that the coalition’s plan for growth is a mixed bag.

Liberal Conspiracy highlights how more transparency in accounting could help to tackle tax avoidance.

Friday 7th January

Tribune lays out a path for Ed Miliband to combat the coalition in 2011.

Liberal Conspiracy laments George Osborne’s failure to tackle the banks over bonuses.

The Coffee House expresses concern about the level of inflation.

The Staggers reports on a rare success for Nick Clegg as he announces a series of measures to reform  Britain’s libel laws.

Anthony Barnett at Open Democracy attempts to decode Nick Clegg.

Dave Hill wonders whether police numbers actually matter.

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