View from the Margin

Politics from a 'Marginal' Perspective

They say a week is a long time in politics – so taking a few weeks off to head to France just as the Tory Leadership race was coming to a close was a always going to be difficult to keep up with. Social Media Break Having chosen a self imposed social media blackout I …

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It has been a roller coaster of a year politically as we head towards the end of this Parliamentary session. I don’t really know where to start on all that has happened and what is still to unfold as the Tories announce who our next Prime Minister will be. (Spoiler Alert – it’s Mr Johnson) …

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There have been so many times over the last year that I have felt the need to say something about the daily chaos of political life. Quite often I write the first sentence on here and then stop myself either through despair or lacking energy to take on the social media backlash. So as you …

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We couldn’t resist sitting down to watch the BBC1 Series #Bodyguard. I have to admit to always loving the heady mix of politics and Bond/ Spooks type dramas. Yes I get annoyed when I have to put up with them using the wrong buildings & settings for events, but I have learned not to shout …

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I always find holidays a great time to relax and in my case get in some serious reading and thinking space. In a world dominated by immediacy we don’t create enough thinking time – especially in politics. In the last few months I have drafted some posts and blogs only to not press publish when …

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Over the last few months I have been motivated to write about politics and then as I open up the blog I just think – ‘Oh I can’t bothered’. It’s only going to get people shouting on social media again. But yesterday as I heard the of the sad news that Tessa Jowell has passed …

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I used to be really interested in political reshuffles. They were always quite good fun and when you knew all the individuals involved it was always quite fascinating to see who was on the up and who was on the downward career path and who was simply being moved around in circles. Some Ministers lasted  …

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It would be brave for anybody to predict what will happen politically in 2018 given all of the turmoil over the last two years. But over the course of this week I will be picking on some themes and what I think may happen. I’d like to talk about Brexit, the Labour Party, Theresa May, …

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