Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the week’s campaign news

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

It’s only just over a week since the Eastleigh by-election was called. But this first Lib Dem / Tory by-election battle of the parliament has attracted a lot of interest. One aspect that hasn’t been noted much in the media is the level of enthusiasm within the Lib Dems to fight this by-election, and fight […]

Today’s Link-Love: February 15, 2013

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Most “eurosceptic” Conservatives care more about the next elections than the EU | Ballots & Bullets Tim Bale on the short-lived Tory EUphoria » Most “eurosceptic” Cons care more about the next (…)

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IFS verdict: Labour’s 10p tax idea “has no plausible economic justification”

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

Ed Miliband’s announcement yesterday that Labour will re-introduce a 10p starting rate of income tax paid for through the introduction of Vince Cable’s mansion tax has received a tepid response from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The IFS put out a note yesterday headed simply, Better options exist to help low earners than 10p tax […]