Cameron’s election speechwriter slams immigration cap

There’s a punchy Evening Standard column from Ian Birrell today challenging the government’s immigration cap as “the sort of gesture politics that makes some sense in opposition but turns out to be nonsense in government”. The author might claim to know something about the pressure to make such political gestures, having been David Cameron’s speechwriter during the 2010 election campaign.

Who are the most electorally successful post-war Tory prime ministers?

Even if the Tories won a higher share of the vote in 1945 and 1966 than they did this year, Cameron clearly achieved a better result than the eight occasions when another party won a majority (1945, 1950, 1964, 1966, Oct 1974, 1997, 2001 and 2005) or the one Hung Parliament where Labour was the largest party, in February 1974.

Labour members fall out of love with Blair

One possible theory about the swing from David to Ed Miliband, reported in YouGov’s latest poll, is that the interventions of Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson may have done more to hinder than help the candidate that they were tryingtest

Knife-edge election is uncharted territory

Every leadership election since voting was extended beyond MPs has turned into something of a procession. With the the excpetion of 2007 when Gordon Brown who took an uncontested coronation. Labour has never had such closely contested leadership election.