2017 · Conservative Party · David Cameron · Jeremy Corbyn · Media · PMQs · Theresa May

Punch and Judy: In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions

"And we need to change, and we will change, the way we behave. I'm fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing." David Cameron's Conservative victory speech, December 2005. It's over a decade since Tony Blair left Downing Street and forewent the weekly ordeal of… Continue reading Punch and Judy: In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions

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2000s · 2017 · Conservative Party · David Cameron · Gordon Brown · New Labour · Tony Blair

Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era

The party insiders urged him to call it. David Cameron challenged him to it. Gordon Brown tried to play politics with it for a short term gain. Eventually the hesitancy destroyed a carefully crafted reputation, and Labour have looked like the opposition ever since. So why didn’t Brown call that General Election of 2007? As Gordon… Continue reading Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era

2017 · David Cameron · Gordon Brown · New Labour · Theresa May · Tony Blair

Now What Do We Do? The First 100 Days of Blair, Brown, Cameron and May

20 years ago today, New Labour marked their 100th day in office.  In contrast to the current stagnation  we are experiencing under Theresa May,  Labour oversaw many radical changes within the first few months. But how have other recent prime ministers fared? Tony Blair – May 2nd– August 8th 1997 On election night, Tony Blair… Continue reading Now What Do We Do? The First 100 Days of Blair, Brown, Cameron and May