Labour's stance on a potential join-up with the SNP is not convincing, yet the idea of an anti-Tory alliance is attractive to many voters.Read the full story ›
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon could present a potentially long-term problem for Labour.Read the full story ›
After Labour's manifesto announcement, maybe it is time to call this election what it is; the moment when fantasy economics went mainstream.Read the full story ›
The Conservatives strategy on this issue could undermine attempts to convince people they really care for the interests of the less wealthy.Read the full story ›
ITV's leaders' debate programme will be a test for all of the heads of the political parties but deciding who won or lost is not the point.Read the full story ›
George Osborne says he is going to get £12 billion out of the welfare budget in the next parliament, but how? There are two possibilities...Read the full story ›
Rarely will we see a Chancellor so clearly enjoying a Budget. George Osborne seemed to take pleasure in knocking down his opponents' claims.Read the full story ›
The problem is that it is a very difficult argument to make - but there is an argument to be made for MPs to be allowed outside interests on the grounds that it attracts a slightly greater breadth of professional people into the House of Commons. MPs also say they are not paid enough. Well that really depends on who you compare them to I suppose. But the difficulty for them is really simple.
It is not like it is the world's biggest secret what MPs are paid. It's right there on the tin when you take the job. More to the point, when all of us send our MPs to the Commons, it is really clear that we want them to represent our interests.
We do not particularly want them to represent the interests of company X or company Y - for any reason. That's the reality. That's why these scandals will keep recurring until, I am afraid, MPs are banned from taking on any outside consultancies, and it doesn't look like that's about to happen.
A new poll has suggested that Labour is up, but with so many pre-election polls being run are the results actually telling us anything.Read the full story ›