40 Days to Go

So at the end of the first day of monitoring the election these are the things I have taken out of today: Day starts with a 4% lead for Lab in the ST. That will have put a spring in the step of every Labour canvasser. But this ignored the other poll that put them…

RWC 2015 CEO Resignation

A slight deviation from the GE intrigue was thrown my way on Friday by the shock resignation of Debbie Jevans the CEO of ER2015. I was involved in the Blackett Inquiry into the sacking of John Steele as CEO in 2010,as an Independent member, of the panel and learned a great deal about the dysfunctional…

General Election 2015 Prediction

I saw even a pollster this week suggest that predicting the outcome of this election is a ‘mugs game’. It’s true that polls are only snapshots of a given moment in time. With 6 weeks to go who knows what course of history might change events leading up to May 7th. As a political nerd,…

£12bn Tory black hole

@paulwaugh: IDS to #Marr on where £12bn welfare cuts will hit: ‘no decisions have been made’ + when made we’ll open with public. But b4 or after elxn? So the Tories are allowed a £12bn black hole in their spending plans Imagine if this was Labour – it would be aggressively asked by every interviewer…

Cross Party Working..

As MPs work through the final days of this parliament and we all moan about the state of PMQs, behind the scenes there will be many from all parties sad to lose ‘friends’ from all sides of the political spectrum. Despite PMQs the way the Commons works ensures that in All PArty Groups, Select Committees…

Birstall RFC 2nds crowned League Champions I have been fortunate to have played rugby in Birstall since I was 11 at Stonehill school. My home ground and pitch is still the same place I learned my trade and made it into the Leics Schools team in 1979! All those years on – and a couple…