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Stephan Shakespeare: “It is becoming harder for any party to win an outright majority”

There’s a terrific post in today’s Times by YouGov chief executive Stephan Shakespeare assessing 10 things you need to know about the electoral scene. What makes it fascinating is his summary of quite why 2015 is, in so many ways, hard to read.

For instance, Labour has a small lead in the polls for an opposition party 18 months out from the election – but a small lead may be enough given the current boundaries.

But, set against that, is the fact that voters don’t regard Ed Miliband as prime ministerial and think a Labour victory would make for a …

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Your essential weekend reader — my personal pick of the week’s must-reads

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices culled from all those I’ve linked to this last week. You can follow me on Delicious here.

What will make banks care about their customers? – Diana Coyle says don’t increase banking regulation, instead open up the oligopolistic banking industry to true competition: ‘more competitive banking systems are more stable – the banks tend to be smaller so the “too big to fail” problem is less acute, and smaller banks …

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Two more Lib Dems quit PoliticsHome panel

I blogged at the weekend about the resignations of three Lib Dem MPs – Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Lynne Featherstone – from the PoliticsHome ‘insiders’ panel’, the PH100, in protest at the acquisition by Tory deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft of a majority stake in the site.

Today I’ve hear from an impecable source that another Lib Dem MP – not previously publicly listed as a member of the PH100 – has also quit: Chris Huhne. The only other Lib Dem MP publicly listed as a PH100 member is David Laws, and I’ve not yet heard if he’s resigned.

The second Lib Dem to resign from the panel is, erm, me.

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Clegg and Cable resign from PoliticsHome panel in protest at Ashcroft takeover

A minor media spat broke out this week, following the announcement that Lord (Michael) Ashcroft, the Tory deputy chairman who bankrolls the party’s target seats while refusing to say if he pays tax in this country, has bought a majority stake in the political news and commentary aggregator site, PoliticsHome.

This triggered the resignation of the site’s editor-in-chief, Andrew Rawnsley, who issued a public statement arguing that:

It was essential for users of the site that they could feel absolute confidence in the political independence of PoliticsHome. I do not believe that can be compatible with being under the ownership

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  • User AvatarCaracatus 5th Mar - 3:38am
    It takes a particular form of optimism when a poll places the Lib Dems third behind the Tories in West Aberdeenshire to say "support is...
  • User Avatarmalc 5th Mar - 12:57am
    You have one of the very few popular UK politicians in Charles Kennedy and you never seem to use him. Whoever is running your campaign...
  • User AvatarHywel 5th Mar - 12:28am
    Al - no they didn't that's the standard 2 question Ashcroft poll. You would expect that will a very well known figure like Charles that...
  • User AvatarAl 4th Mar - 11:55pm
    Actually, what Caron is hiding or is not aware of is that they DID ask what difference Charles Kennedy makes as a candidate. as Prof...
  • User AvatarDan Falchikov 4th Mar - 11:48pm
    Saddam Hussein isn't dead, the American forces are retreating on all fronts, Bagdad isn't under attack... I think it is time for the Scottish Lib...
  • User Avatarmalc 4th Mar - 11:42pm
    Bad news for Labour and the LibDems, but I disagree that it is worse for Labour. If Charles Kennedy was to lose his seat -...