Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Nick Wood

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Nick Wood: Cameron will have to go much further to win back his ‘disgruntled Tories’

“Cameron: my plan to win back disgruntled Tories,” thundered the front page of yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph. “Labour races into 4-point lead after Miliband’s TV...

Nick Wood: Cameron’s admission of political mortality opens Pandora’s Box

“I wonder what he meant by that?” said the Austrian diplomat Metternich on the death of his sinuous French counterpart Talleyrand in 1838. Much the...

Nick Wood: Labour chancellor Roy Jenkins balanced the budget in 1970. The public never thanked him

Budget? What Budget? That seems to be the public’s verdict on the last setpiece event of the Parliament. The polls have not moved. The...

Nick Wood: After this underwhelming Budget, it is a two tortoise race

In Aesop’s fable The Hare and the Tortoise, the tortoise wins. But Aesop never wrote a fable about the 2015 UK election. So we...

Nick Wood: Bank error in Miliband’s favour. Who will defend the market economy?

Britain remains a deeply conservative country if the political controversies of the past week are anything to go by. Margaret Thatcher may have given...

Nick Wood: Ed Miliband is an accident waiting to happen

The 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s funeral this weekend was a reminder that mavericks can not only succeed in politics but that they can...

Nick Wood: School inspectors turn Trojan Horse into a vehicle for destroying traditional values

There was a time when school inspectors were austere characters in dark suits, sober ties, short haircuts and squeaky, highly polished shoes. They were...

Nick Wood: We ruled a quarter of the world and our football team was magic. What was wrong with the 1930s?

Labour has opened its election campaign with a spectacular canard – that “The Tories want to cut spending on the public services back to...

Nick Wood: Ukip is beginning to sound like all the rest

So how much choice will the voter get in May’s general election? The supposed collapse of two party politics (Labour and the Conservatives together polled...

Nick Wood: Miliband’s duplicity over immigration is transparent

Clearly, the left hand does not know what the left hand is doing. On the day that Ed Miliband attempted to assuage Labour supporters’...

Nick Wood: Cuts won’t take us to Wigan Pier but they will save us from bankruptcy

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith has unwittingly triggered quite an earthquake with his observation that Chancellor George Osborne risks taking Britain back to...

Nick Wood: A strange economic conspiracy. Tories pretend to cut and Labour pretends to protest

A strange deceit lies at the heart of this week’s Autumn Statement. For all the spine-chilling rhetoric about the age of austerity, public spending...

Nick Wood: Thornberry’s sneering tweet is a gift to Nigel Farage

As the dust settles on the Rochester and Strood by-election, what will prove its enduring image? Yet another snap of a jubilant Nigel Farage,...

Nick Wood:  Ukip is already shaping Tory policy. A Rochester triumph will only strengthen its influence

Westminster know-alls like to say Ukip’s almost certain victory in Thursday’s Rochester and Strood by-election is “priced in”. Quite what they mean by this,...

Nick Wood: Desperate Miliband appeals to the “predators” of the CBI as he plays the Europe card

The political world is full of strange ironies. I have remarked before on the most obvious - the fact that David Cameron is on...

Nick Wood: Dave is praying that Ed makes it through the night

So which leader of a major political party now routinely loses seats with a five figure majority? David Cameron was obliterated at the Clacton by-election...

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