The Great Debate UK

Crisis, what crisis?

By Hugo Dixon
April 16, 2010

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– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. –

From rotten parliament to reform parliament?

By Tony Samphier
April 15, 2010

tspic- Tony Samphier is a campaigns consultant and organiser of the election policy comparison web initiative DEMREF 2010. The opinions expressed are his won.-

Election may be fought on peak between dips

April 14, 2010

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LONDON, April 13 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Gordon Brown says his Labour party will “secure the recovery” if it wins the UK election in May. The opposition Conservatives would kill the upturn, he says. Brown is right in one sense: the “recovery” can easily be broken. But only because it is so fragile in the first place.

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Will a Hung Parliament create a serious hangover for British business?

April 14, 2010

ParliamentElection day is fast approaching and with the poll gap narrowing between the Conservatives and Labour, there is a very real probability that the UK will end up with a hung parliament. For the first time since 1974, the UK may be left without clear political leadership.

The UK should not waste its fiscal crisis

By Hugo Dixon
April 7, 2010

hugodixon–  The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own  –

from UK News:

Taking Twitter’s political temperature

April 6, 2010

Britain's first live television debates between the leaders of the three mainstream political parties are not the only new feature to add spice to the upcoming general election, which Prime Minister Gordon Brown today announced will be held on May 6.

Tories panic with tax cut pledge

March 29, 2010

NeilCollinsNeil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own

National Insurance contributions make an unlikely battleground for the British election. They lack the sexiness of income tax cuts. But NI is a bad tax and the Tories are right to pledge to overturn Labour’s plan to raise it.

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Budget for votes riskily delays UK debt pain

March 25, 2010

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Tariq Ali on how unions fare under Labour rule

March 22, 2010

Amid a stand-off between British Airways and the Unite union, the Labour Party’s main financial supporter, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called a planned strike by BA cabin crew workers “unjustified and deplorable” last week and said both sides should return to talks.

Tariq Ali on the state of UK politics

February 3, 2010

TariqAliWhere is the burning debate on domestic and foreign policy observers might expect from the major political parties ahead of the next general election in Britain?