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November 6th, 2010

The "Entente frugale" is born, Cameron's on film and the fall of Phil Woolas – round up of political blogs for 30 October – 5 November 2010

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November 6th, 2010

The "Entente frugale" is born, Cameron's on film and the fall of Phil Woolas – round up of political blogs for 30 October – 5 November 2010

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Chris Gilson, Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging


Women’s Views on News notes that the introduction of flat-rate pensions, as proposed this week by pensions minister Steven Webb, would mean an end to pensioners living in poverty, and a better deal for women.

Next Left blogs on Ed Miliband’s speech to the Scottish Labour party conference, picking up on his argument that the big society depends on a political economy which understands the time pressures of modern life if it is to be more than rhetoric.

Political Betting breaks down the latest ComRes phone poll, also showing that Labour’s recent lead is represented in phone polls only, and not in online polls.

The Staggers covers the EU budget row which is splitting the Tories, whilst Tim Montgomerie at Conservative Home discusses the tension brewing within the Coalition over the future of control orders.

Meanwhile, Left Foot Forward considers President Obama’s response to the terror alerts and the challenges of the midterms.


Mike Smithson at examines rows within the Labour party over the recent Tower Hamlets election.

John Redwood has some thoughts on the international banking system.

Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal bemoans the likely redundancy of 13,000 HMRC staff that could otherwise fight tax evasion.

Nicola Smith at Liberal Conspiracy discusses research that finds that 2/3 of welfare cuts will fall on working families. George Eaton at The Staggers says that this is a new line of attack for Labour on the coalition’s ‘anti-family’ cuts.

Tim Montgomerie at ConservativeHome blogs on Conservative reaction to David Cameron’s recent EU negotiations on the EU budget, while Dennis MacShane at Labour Uncut looks at the ‘spin’ on the issue.

Sam Bowman at the Adam Smith Institute’s blog wants the government to go further and abolish the child benefit

George Eaton at The Staggers is concerned that the upcoming changes of the electoral boundary review will ‘disenfranchise millions’.

Peter Ainsworth, guest blogging at Left Foot Forward looks at Labour’s recent record on the environment.

Nigel Stanley of the TUC’s Touchstone blog looks at the importance of small businesses to employment.

Mike Smithson at finds that the UK’s membership of the EU may no longer be an issue for the public.

Ed Jacobs at Left Foot Forward has a round-up of the Scottish Labour conference.

Sunder Katwala at Liberal Conspiracy and George Eaton at The Staggers both have articles on coalition infighting over control orders.


Liberal Conspiracy reports on protests that shut down 3 Vodafone stores on Oxford street- claiming the mobile phone giant had an unpaid tax bill of £6 billion which the treasury wiped clean last August.

Scots disapprove more of Nick Clegg than they do of David Cameron, according to a newly released Angus Reid poll.

A Better Nation reports that 60% of Scots disapprove of David Cameron’s performance as Prime Minister but a higher still 63% of Scots disapprove of Nick Clegg’s performance as Deputy Prime Minister.

The university round up includes a post from Open Democracy on the hypocrisy of UK immigration policy when it comes to foreign students;

Adam Smith Institute blames graduate unemployment on the oversupply of graduates; and Political Scrapbook shows some creative students’ protests over cuts.


Ian Dale interviews Iain Duncan Smith, who dodges a question on child benefit by saying that ‘before we get too caught up with it being unfair,’ we should consider that Labour never proposed to reform the tax system.

JP Floru on Conservative Home suggests that in the Big Society volunteers could run striking public services, and asks why the underground is not fully automated.

Left Foot Forward reports that the government has ‘given up’ on regulating bank bonuses– estimated at £7 billion this year, while refusing to introduce net lending targets on the sector.

The Staggers reports on the ‘most vicious and ill-tempered PMQs since the election’, with Miliband targeting the Lib Dems over their U-turn on tuition fees and Cameron’s appointment of his campaign photographer to a civil service post.

On Open Democracy Stuart Weir thinks the Tories just might be having second thoughts on AV and William Davies reviews Will Hutton’s new book Them and Us


Liberal Conspiracy reports that the BNP are on the verge on bankruptcy and Mencap expresses its displeasure at the cuts to disability benefits.

Mark Pack takes a sceptical look at the immigration cap, which seems to be causing confusion in the coalition.

Left Foot Forward asks if Anglo-French cooperation on nuclear warheads is illegal.

The Coffee House looks at lessons from the US midterms for the AV referendum, and argues that the spectre of EU dissent has not gone away for David Cameron.

The TUC outline the impact of the cuts on London.

Labour Uncut comments on the brewing battle over the future of the English regions.


Guido notes that David Cameron has put both his photographer and his stylist on the public payroll.

Mark Pack blogs on how the legacy of hereditary political power still shapes our political system.

thetorydiary provides a stock take of Conservative and Liberal Democrat compromises in the coalition.

Michael White examines the phenomenon of “poppy fascism”.

Left Foot Forward believes that David Cameron’s ‘tech city” vision is laudable but more needs to be done, and takes a look at how the AV campaigns are shaping up.

The Westminster Blog wonders whether Phil Woolas’ court case defeat will set a bizarre precedent, while Liberal Conspiracy says good riddance.

openDemocracy laments the disappearance of world news coverage in the UK.

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