Alex Wickham

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Snapshot: Labour Snob Shows Why Voters are Flocking to UKIP

What was Emily Thornberry thinking? While campaigning in Rochester this afternoon, Labour’s MP for Islington South, a metropolitan area of London, tweeted a photo of a terraced house with a St George’s flag in the window and a white van parked outside. “Image from Rochester,” she snobbishly told her followers. Nov 20, 2014 8:46 AM PT

Explainer: is There a UKIP Plot to Take Out Patrick O'Flynn?

There has been much talk of plots, rumour and conspiracy surrounding UKIP over the past few days. The excitement stemmed from Andre Walker’s report on Breitbart London claiming “senior members of UKIP are campaigning behind the scenes to have Patrick O'Flynn MEP removed as economic spokesman”. Or, as Peter Oborne puts it, there exists as “well-connected clique which is plotting to turn UKIP into the party of the rich”. So, wherein lies the truth? Nov 18, 2014 2:08 AM PT

Why UKIP Don't Care If Miliband Becomes Prime Minister

Nigel Farage’s comments confirming UKIP would “absolutely” support a Labour government on a confidence and supply basis - in return for an EU referendum - were seized on by the party’s opponents yesterday. Certainly it was a strategic error for the UKIP leader to give the Tories an open goal to trot out their favourite “vote UKIP, get Labour” attack line. Nov 13, 2014 1:01 AM PT

The Real Plotting Begins When Miliband Becomes Prime Minister

On Wednesday it was the bonfire night rebellion, by the weekend it was the Remembrance Sunday coup. Labour’s abortive attempt to cave in the head of its leader, metaphorically at least, apparently had 20 Shadow ministers ready to call for Ed Miliband to go. They didn’t, so neither did he, and barring something extraordinary Miliband will be Labour’s leader going into the election. Nov 11, 2014 12:59 AM PT

None of Our Leaders Has Convinced Us they Deserve to Win the Election

Those wishing to understand British politics ahead of next year’s General Election could do worse than consider the following two statistics. First, according to the current trend of polls, the combined vote share of the main two parties is lower than at any point since the Second World War. Nov 4, 2014 12:59 AM PT

Snapshot: Insurgent Parties Put Labour in Crisis on Two Fronts

Today's Ipsos Mori poll envisaging electoral wipeout for Labour next year has reduced pessimistic party figures to gallows humour. If the general election was tomorrow, the poll says, Labour would have just four MPs left north of the border. Senior MPs like Jim Murphy, Douglas Alexander and Margaret Curran would all lose their seats. Oct 30, 2014 9:11 AM PT

The Tories Are Stealing UKIP's Lines, and It Isn't Working

Compare and contrast the following two statements from Westminster politicians over the last few weeks: "I answer first, foremost and last to you, you are my boss, I will not let you down." "I’m very clear about who the boss is, about who I answer to, and it’s the British people." Oct 28, 2014 2:02 AM PT

Snapshot: UKIP on Course to Win Rochester and Strood

This morning’s ComRes poll in Rochester and Strood has UKIP defector Mark Reckless 13 points ahead of the Tories in the constituency. Conservative HQ had pretty much openly priced in defeat in Clacton two weeks ago, but losing again on November 20th would be a disaster for them. David Cameron visited the seat last week and plans to make four more trips ahead of the vote. Oct 23, 2014 12:59 AM PT

Why Immigration Is the Most Dishonest Debate in British Politics

When David Cameron promised last week that he would have “one last go” at securing curbs on immigration from within the European Union, he knew his rhetoric stood little chance of success. Days later, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso confirmed there was “no possibility” the Prime Minister’s plans could succeed, that “it is not up for negotiation”. Oct 21, 2014 1:32 AM PT

UKIP Finally Has an MP... But Can He Work with Farage?

The UKIP fox, as they love to tell us, is well and truly in the Westminster hen house. Of course there are one group of people for whom killing foxes is a favourite pastime: Tories. It will not be an irony lost on Nigel Farage and co that fox hunting remains a banned activity under the current Conservative-led government. Oct 14, 2014 1:28 AM PT

Is UKIP Abandoning Its Commitment to the Libertarian Right?

A few months ago, UKIP’s website offered a one line description of itself as “a libertarian, non-racist party seeking withdrawal from the European Union”. At some point between then and now, that description changed. It now reads: “UKIP is a patriotic party that promotes independence: from the EU, and from government interference”. A subtle difference, but a notable one. UKIP has abandoned its claim to represent a ‘libertarian’ political ideology. Oct 7, 2014 1:20 AM PT

Conservative Conference: What Have the Tories Got to Smile About?

"A funeral", "a wake", "awful", "dead". These are some of the words used by attendees to describe Labour’s annual conference last week. That is Labour, the party which barring a miracle will sweep to power at next year’s general election and see its leader, Ed Miliband, become Prime Minister. Sep 30, 2014 2:17 AM PT

It Looks Like Ed Miliband is Going to Become Prime Minister by Default

On Sunday night, Ed Miliband stood on a stage in front of a crowded room alongside the black flag of Islamic State. A few minutes later, he was photographed next to a picture of Joseph Stalin. The Labour leader was speaking at the conference party of the New Statesman magazine, and those images were past covers of that publication which had been projected onto a screen behind him Sep 23, 2014 1:37 AM PT

Whatever Happens on Thursday, an English Parliament Is Now Inevitable

Whichever way Scotland votes on Thursday, the consequences for English politics are just as interesting as what might happen north of the border. A Yes vote promises initial constitutional anarchy, but the long-term political impact at Westminster would be relatively straight-forward. Sep 16, 2014 1:25 AM PT

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