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Our reactionary Prime Minister and his Andy Coulson problem

David Cameron has found himself under a barrage of criticism. Having come from a PR background he should be used to dealing with situations of this kind; and indeed he is. A smooth operator both at PMQs and press conferences, with his ability to take the sting out of questions and frame the answers in a context that suits him and with language that suits the people, Cameron shows why he was once thought of as the heir to Blair. But now the News International shit-storm has engulfed him, doubts are beginning to linger about his leadership. Click here to keep reading

Could it get more toxic for David Cameron?

Amid all of the drama of pies and right hooks, things may have got worse for the Prime Minister David Cameron. During her grilling in front of the Culture committee, Rebekah Brooks was asked who had been editing the News Of The World newspaper when she was away on holiday. She was reluctant to give the information away, eventually revealing that it would have “presumably” been her deputy. Perhaps the reason for her reluctance was the story they were quizzing her on was the Milly Dowler story, and the deputy “presumably” editing was Andy Coulson. Click here to keep reading

The summer recess can’t come soon enough for Mr Cameron

It’s not often in life, let alone politics, that you get everything you desire. Yet over the past 2 weeks Ed Miliband’s every wish has been both the government and News International’s command. His demands for a full judge-led inquiry along with his call for News International to drop their bid for BSkyB were both caved into fairly quickly and now today, nearly two weeks after Miliband voiced his opinion that she should go, Rebekah Brooks has finally handed in her resignation to News International. Click here to keep reading

PMQs – Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

Some might argue that Prime Minister’s Questions on 13 July 2011 were a textbook example of what PMQs should be: a raucous chamber, a contentious issue and two party leaders hissing at one another. The reality, though, was a rather more disappointing sequences of questions which – while certainly exciting the house and leaving Speaker John Bercow rather flustered – did little to illuminate any substantive policy differences. Click here to keep reading

PMQs – David Cameron learns a lesson from ‘Robo’-band

Ed Miliband may still have some distance to go to convince anyone that he’s capable of delivering a Parliamentary majority, but it already looks as if he’s travelled a respectable distance from his previous Commons disasters.

The focus of this week’s PMQs was the News of the World ‘phone hacking’ scandal, and the result was a strangely subdued exchange between the two major party leaders – at least at first. How, after all, can you try and generate political capital from the hacking of a murder victim’s phone? Click here to keep reading

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