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Are there parallels between Thatcher and Cameron?

by Marrick on April 8, 2013

“Thatcher is dead, long live Thatcherism” is the toast in a thousand London clubs as hard faced bankers get all dewy-eyed and sentimental about the late Tory leader and the most divisive Prime Minister of the second half of the twentieth century. In common with her acolytes, Cameron and Osborne, Thatcher was quick to give […]

Labour must look to the grey vote to win in 2015

by Marrick on November 18, 2012

The latest You Gov / Sun poll has thrown up some interesting strategic conundrums for Labour In Scotland, on the national level, Labour (64) has surged ahead of both the Nationalists (19) and the Tories (11). Effectively, the Tories are finished North of the border and Labour##Q##s "No" stance to independence isn##Q##t affecting their popularity […]

The recession: it could have been worse says ONS

by Marrick on May 25, 2012

Yesterday’s revelation by the Office for National Statistics that Britain was indeed back in recession, confirmed the announcement made earlier this month that growth had stalled and gone into reverse, but added the sting in the tail that things are worse than previously thought. It might seem that the jump from two tenths of a […]

Do millionaires pay enough tax?

by Marrick on April 23, 2012

The Office for National Statistics have issued some "facts". Their spin is that "while some multi-millionaires pay less tax than the rest of us, it seems most cough up their share." Official government figures show that 72% of those who earned £10m-plus in 010/11 paid tax at a rate of 40%. 12% paid tax at […]

Welsh films of 2010

by Marrick on December 30, 2010

Welsh films of the year: Iron Mam 2 Sheepless in Seattle Debbie does Dowlais Dai Hard The Gogfather 9 and 1/2 leeks Dial M for Merthyr Pembrokeback Mountain What lies be Neath The Gog, the Bard and the Ugly