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Published: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:15:28 +0000

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Rebels, ploys and a matter of life and death

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:15:28 +0000

David Cameron is running out of ploys to make backbench Tories feel part of the Government machine. The whips are very worried — that is to say, those whips who are not already EU sceptics themselves. Brussels knows that if we ended up with a referendum which said we wanted to leave the European Union, that would be the death-knell of the EU. It would be seen not just as failing to unite Europe but of splitting it apart

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Is it poisoned chalice time for Theresa?

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:53:23 +0000

ANDREW ALEXANDER: How long before the curse of the Home Office descends on Theresa May? For the plain fact is that immigration is out of control. Perhaps soon Theresa May too, will earn the label 'unfit for purpose' and also be discarded

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Did David Cameron see the truth in Sri Lanka?

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:36:40 +0000

Understanding a country or even a conflict takes much more than a brief visit, especially if you have the simple sense to realise that the intention is to mislead you, writes Andrew Alexander. Ultimatum: British Prime Minister David Cameron during the CHOGM meeting in Colombo urged the Sri Lankan government to take fast action on human rights in the country

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Why the EU is desperate for Britain to stay

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:08:24 +0000

Without the UK’s membership, the EU becomes a failed political adventure. Brussels recognises this, but the dilemma will be acute, writes ANDREW ALEXANDER. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Oh no, the U.S. has dropped us in it again

Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:57:48 +0000

The revelation that the superpower has tapped allied leaders' phones is a grave diplomatic insult, leaving Barack Obama with questions to answer, says Andrew Alexander. President Barack Obama makes a midterm election night phone call to U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) from his Treaty Room office in the White House residence, November 2, 2010

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The 'beauty' of VAT? A vicious circle that turns us all into losers, by ANDREW ALEXANDER

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:55:51 +0100

The Institute of Economic Affairs has calculated in a new report that the poorest one-fifth of the population pay out 37 per cent of their income (including state benefits) in taxes. VAT was introduced as a successor to purchase tax in 1973 by the Heath government, as it pursued membership of the so-called Common Market where it would have been obligatory

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Beware the Tory without ambition...

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:07:53 +0100

The last politician I recall protesting like Education Secretary Michael Gove that he did not want the party leadership was Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Education Secretary Michael Gove (right) says he does not want to be leader of the Conservatives. Sir Alec Douglas-Home (left) said the same but succeeded Harold Macmillan as prime minister in 1963

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Damian McBride book: Don't be naive... politics is nasty, not nice says ANDREW ALEXANDER

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:08:26 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: What an MP says is what you get. The belief that someone much nicer lurks behind the person making cheap points in the Commons is misleading. In January, Balls condemned cuts in child benefit as 'totally unfair'. Yet now he says Labour will keep them in place

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Syria vote: After the blow struck for democracy last week, at last, the US will be without its usual lap dog

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:12:35 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: A major effect of the Westminster vote on Syria has been, so it is said, to endanger our ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. We must certainly hope so. U.S. President Barack Obama and David Cameron

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It's high time an MP made a great speech

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:22:06 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: The House of Commons, which Churchill loved so dearly, is once more being subjected to the virtually perpetual sneer that it cannot produce great orators. The House of Commons, which Churchill loved so dearly, is once more being subjected to the virtually perpetual sneer that it cannot produce great orators

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Red Ed keeps quiet because he has absolutely nothing to say

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:29:41 +0100

Ed Miliband has come to the sensible conclusion that silence is a virtue since, especially with the Treasury coffers all but empty, says ANDREW ALEXANDER. Ed Miliband has come to the conclusion that silence is a virtue since, with the Treasury coffers all but empty, there is no point in making yet more promises which will be berated as a sign of financial irresponsibility

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Yes, Mr Bryant made a fool of himself. But has Labour now revealed its vote-winner?

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:13:59 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: While Chris Bryant has had to endure much scorn over his speech on Monday, the message can't be hidden. Labour has now concluded that economic nationalism is the path to power. Chris Bryant muddled his facts by including George Bernard Shaw and Rudyard Kipling in a list of eminent 'foreigners' who moved to Britain

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Tories don't need advice from abroad

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:57:06 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: You have to wonder why a foreigner, Australian Lynton Crosby, is called in as a senior adviser on the whims of the British electorate. Lynton Crosby, new election advisers, latest tack is setting out to discredit UKIP councillors, actual and potential

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Politics ¿ the art of creating new problems

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:57:40 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: If the main political parties in America are against unemployment, inflation and budget deficits, why today do we so plainly face all three? Both our (America and Britain) democracies fail to deliver, they merely enhance our problems

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Left or Right... can you spot the difference?

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:34:21 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: What would you say was your personal political inclination — Left-wing or Right-wing? ‘Er, um,’ is not an answer. So let me put the question another way to avoid any mention of ‘wings’... David Cameron

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Nuts? The HS2 scandal is truly off the rails

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:05:48 +0100

First it was the Groundnuts Scandal, part of the Attlee terror of 1949-51. Then the grand airliner scandal of Concorde, and now we're dealing with the HS2, writes ANDREW ALEXANDER. HS2

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Bad luck, fear and history's gravest lesson

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:44:26 +0100

By the end of the war in 1918, eight million had died, all because a driver had taken the wrong turning. Or, was it because a great conflict was historically overdue? Writes ANDREW ALEXANDER. Archduke Ferdinand

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: How to build yourself an endless crisis

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:32:03 +0100

If you were under 25, which would you prefer: living in a crowded London house with a job to go to or staying at home in, say, Barcelona, with little chance of getting any work at all? Asks ANDREW ALEXANDER. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Foreign wars and a chilling legacy of hate

Tue, 28 May 2013 23:22:06 +0100

There are two ways to react to the horror of the Woolwich murder. One is sheer anger and disgust, the other is to try and understand why young Muslims can be easily ‘radicalised’, writes ANDREW ALEXANDER. Michael Adebolajo

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Afghan exit - or is it a very long goodbye?

Tue, 14 May 2013 22:19:44 +0100

ANDREW ALEXANDER: President Obama remains in the hands of the security and foreign policy establishment in Washington. it turns out that the U.S. is negotiating to retain no fewer than nine bases in Afghanistan, containing up to 10,000 troops. President Obama remains in the hands of the security and foreign policy establishment in Washington

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