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The TimesThe Time den 25 juni 2016

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph den 25 juni 2016

The Guardian

The Guardian den 25 juni 2016

Daily Mail

Daily Mail den 25 juni 2016

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VAL 2015 | Exit polls indikerar att premiärminister David Cameron får fortsatt förtroende och kan bilda sin andra regering.

Daily Mail May 8 2015

Daily Mail, 8 maj 2015

The Times May 8 2015

The Times, 8 maj 2015

The Daily Telegraph May 8 2015

The Daily Telegraph, 8 maj 2015

The Independent May 8 2015

The Independent, 8 maj 2015

The Guardian May 8 2015

The Guardian, 8 maj 2015

The Sun May 8 2015

The Sun, 8 maj 2015

Läs mer: Fler framsidor på nättidningen för The Daily Telegraph.

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VAL 2015 | Conservative Party har tagit fram årets bästa valaffisch. Trots att det bara står ”Vote Conservative” förstår alla budskapet.

General Election 2015

Om man inte vill riskera att får en regering där Labour är beroende av Alex Salmond och de skotska separatisterna i SNP bör man rösta på de konservativa.

Affischen är framtagen av M&C Saatchi. Budskapet är enkelt, lätt kommunicerat och går att uppfatta mitt i rusningstrafik. Dessutom är den rolig. Bättre kan det inte bli.

Affischen är med i artikeln ”The 10 best British political posters” i The Guardian. Sam Delaney skrev

”Posters will always be important because if you can’t get your message across in five or six words then, chances are, your message isn’t right in the first place,” says Jeremy Sinclair [en av grundarna av M&C Saatchi]. This time around, the Saatchi team managed to do it in no words at all. This is the best poster of the campaign so far – expressing a clear and powerful message in a single, compelling image. Whether the fear of an SNP/Labour coalition is really the high-salience issue that the best ads usually focus on is questionable. But we’ve got to assume that the Saatchis have done their research.

Och som med alla bra valaffischer dröjde det inte länge innan det började dyka upp photoshopade varianter.

Snabbast var EU-kritiska UKIP som placerade premiärminister David Cameron i fickan på Jean-Claude Juncker, Europeiska kommissionens ordförande.

Nigel Farage själv skickade ett tweet med bilden och texten: ”Nice posters from the Tories today. It would be a great shame if someone spoofed them…”.

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VAL 2015 | För en månad sedan publicerades en översiktsplan över vem som sitter var i Ed Milibands stridsledningscentral. Härifrån dirigerar Labour sin valkampanj.

Labour war room 2015

Strategerna i partiet tror att man är överlägsna Conservative Party när det gäller att knacka dörr och träffa väljare öga mot öga.

Patrick Wintour, political editor på tidningen The Guardian som också publicerade översiktsbilden, skrev om partiets strategi som skall besegra de konservativa.

The fate of the party may lie in this open-plan room. Such war rooms, made famous by the US Democrats in the 1990s, are essentially about information mobility. They have been described as “catalysts for decision-making”.

The aim is to get information to the people who need it in real time and by having the decision-makers all in one place to make sure the strategic decisions turn into reality in both the campaign “ground war” and “air war”. That is more than a battle for the hourly news cycle, but what is happening on doorsteps and on social media such as Facebook.


In terms of a traditional air war – a hostile media environment in which Labour can probably hope at best to scrape a draw – Labour strategists believe they have been competitive. One official said: “Any party has to bury its negatives and accentuate its positives. The Conservatives have done the opposite.”


Labour hopes its strength lies with its ground war. Miliband himself this week described the Conservative party as a “virtual party. It is a Lynton Crosby hologram” [referring to the party’s election campaign chief].

Labour reckons it has a competitive advantage in its activist base and is well on course to deliver on its target to hold 4m doorstep conversations. By this weekend it will have reached 2.5m, and its field team reckons in marginal seats it was getting out more material than the Tories.

Some independent evidence to confirm this advantage exists. As ConservativeHome, a Conservative website, pointed out this week, Ashcroft polling showed in 10 key marginals that Labour, according to voter recall, was now leading the Tories in contacts with voters. The average increase in the share of voters contacted by Tory campaigns in the 10 key seats is 35 percentage points, while the same figure for Labour campaigns is almost 55 percentage points.

Bild: The Guardian.

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FRONT PAGE | Den 9 oktober 1959 hade The Guardian rubriken ”Conservatives bring off the hat-trick” på sin framsida.

The Guardian Friday 9 October 1959

Detta året tog Conservative Party sin tredje raka valseger. Harold Macmillan blev ny premiärminister.

The Guardian – tidigare Manchester Guardian – visar på sin hemsida fler av sina framsidor med anledning av valen i Storbritannien mellan åren 1945-2005.

Framsidan hade också en kort notis om Margaret Thatcher som detta år tog plats i parlamentet.

It supplements the returns available up to 3am with a projection by ‘the Ferranti Pegasus computer, in a special service for the Guardian’. Pegasus reckoned the Tories would manage 368 seats; in the end they only got to 349. The third column, after the double-column lead, offers hopes of a Liberal revival – Jeremy Thorpe had won North Devon, the first seat they had gained at a general election since 1950, although by the end of the night that would be balanced with a loss. Feeling at party HQ was that the results ‘provided a solid base on which to found Mr Grimond’s programme of overtaking Labour as the principal Opposition in time’. A box in the right-hand column welcomes the first new woman member of the new parliament: ‘a barrister, Mrs M. Thatcher’

Bild: The Guardian den 9 oktober 1959.

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LABOUR | Idag är Tony Blair lobbyist och rådgivare åt diktaturer. Detta har gjort honom mycket rik. Med en förmögenhet på cirka 70 miljoner pund.

Tempus nr 10 - 7-14 mars 2014

Med en förmögenhet följer en livsstil som knappast gör honom till den typiske väljaren. Och även om han också ägnar sig åt välgörenhet har han knappast blivit populärare i sitt gamla parti.

Ed Miliband, partiledaren i Labour, håller distansen till honom. I en artikel i Tempus, översatt från The Guardian, skriver Andy Becket följande:

Tempus nr 10 2014


Tempus nr 10 2014.

Tempus nr 10 2014 .

Läs mer: Lionel Barbers intervju med Tony Bair i Financial Times.

Tidskriftsomslag: Tempus, nr 10, 7-14 mars 2014.

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MEDIA | Margaret Thatchers död blev förstasidesnyhet runt om i världen. Här är några från Storbritannien.

The Times den 9 april 2013

The Times, fram och baksida, den 9 april 2013

Daily Mail den 9 april 2013

Daily Mail, den 9 april 2013

The Independent den 9 april 2013

The Independent, den 9 april 2013

The Guardian den 9 april 2013 

The Guardian, den 9 april 2013

Belfast Telegraph den 9 april 2013

Belfast Telegraph, den 9 april 2013

Se mer: 31 framsidor från tidningar utanför Storbritannien (plus några till från Storbritannien).

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VAL | Boris Johnsons seger i Londons borgmästarval var en av få ljuspunkter för premiärminister David Cameron och de konservativa i lokalvalen.

För koalitionspartnern Liberal Democrats blev valet en än större förlust. Daniel Boffey och Toby Helm i The Observer skriver:

Thursday’s local elections and a string of referendums in cities up and down the country, which saw Cameron’s flagship plan for elected mayors rejected, were shocking for both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. While the Tories lost 405 seats, the Liberal Democrats had an equally, if not more, disastrous night, shedding more than 300 seats and sinking under a national total of 3,000 for the first time in their history. Boris Johnson’s victory against Ken Livingstone in the race for mayor of London offered some relief to the Conservatives, but Tory celebrations were muted because the contest turned out to be far closer than had been expected.

It is not just the fact that Tories and Lib Dems fared badly themselves that is alarming activists and MPs of both parties – and raising doubts in the minds of many about the electoral effects of being in coalition. It is also that Labour – dismissed by the coalition as moribund and lacking in ideas under Ed Miliband – outperformed everyone’s expectations, most of all its own. ”Labour thrive on bad day for Tories” was yesterday’s front-page headline in the normally Cameron-supporting Times.

As well as the symbolic gain from a Tory-Lib Dem coalition of Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, Labour made progress in many former Tory strongolds across the south, raising hopes that the ”southern discomfort” that prevented it from forming a government from 1979 until the arrival of Tony Blair is easing again. Exeter and coastal towns such as Great Yarmouth, Southampton and Plymouth were claimed by the supposedly ineffectual Miliband’s party.

In all, Labour added 823 seats, way beyond its most optimistic estimates. In Wales, Labour retook control of 10 councils, including Cardiff, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Swansea, recording its best results since local government was reorganised in 1996. And in Scotland it did far better than it expected, holding on to Glasgow city council, where it saw off the SNP, and capturing Edinburgh. London was a blot, but one that Labour passed off on the candidate.

Bild: Grafik från The Observer den 6 maj 2012. (The Guardian publicerar allt material från The Observer på sin hemsida.)

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LEDARSKAP | Ed Miliband kritiseras alltmer inom Labour för sin försiktighet och oförmåga att koppla greppet om premiärminister David Camerons regering.

En av de öppna kritikerna är Lord Glasman. Han är inte tidigare rådgivare till Miliband utan också en av huvudfigurerna inom den idéströmning inom partiet som kallas Blue Labour.

Maurice Glasman framförde kritiken i New Statesman.

There seems to be no strategy, no narrative and little energy. Old faces from the Brown era still dominate the shadow cabinet and they seem stuck in defending Labour’s record in all the wrong ways – we didn’t spend too much money, we’ll cut less fast and less far, but we can’t tell you how.

Labour is apparently pursuing a sectional agenda based on the idea that disaffected Liberal Democrats and public-sector employees will give Labour a majority next time around. But we have not won, and show no signs of winning, the economic argument. We have not articulated a constructive alternative capable of recognising our weaknesses in government and taking the argument to the coalition. We show no relish for reconfiguring the relationship between the state, the market and society. The world is on the turn, yet we do not seem equal to the challenge.


[Ed Miliband] has not broken through. He has flickered rather than shone, nudged not led. It is time for him to bring the gifts that only he can bring. He should leave behind stale orthodoxies and trust his instinct that change is essential. He must show the kind of courage needed to steer the ship of state through uncharted waters. Now is the time for leadership and action. So far Ed has honoured his responsibilities but has not exerted his power. It is time that he did so. And we all need to show him love and support in return. I’m backing Ed Miliband.

Anledningen till att just denna artikel har väckt så stort intresse är inte nödvändigtvis för att att kritiken kommer från en f.d. rådgivare.

Snarare handlar det om att känslan av besvikelse delas av så många inom partiet oavsett ideologisk inriktning.

Rafael Behr på The Staggers, tidskriftens blogg, skriver:

If this is what Ed’s friends are saying, just imagine the view among his enemies and rivals. Some of the harsh language in the NS column no doubt expresses the frustration of someone who was once closer to the leader than he is now – a case of political love unrequited. And yet you hear variations on Glasman’s theme from many quarters of the party. The prescriptions are always different but the underlying accusation is the same: caution, indecision and a failure to capture the public imagination. The passages of Glasman’s column that have been most quoted elsewhere are the ones that express in a public forum what plenty of people in the party are saying in private – including people who think Ed Miliband can’t run away from Glasman’s ”Blue Labour” ideas fast enough. In other words, even people who disagree with the prescription recognise the diagnosis.

The defence from Miliband’s team amounts to an elaborate call for patience: the party has bounced back remarkably well from crushing defeat; it is more united than ever before; people are still giving the coalition the benefit of the doubt; the full scale of Tory economic failure hasn’t set in yet; the media are hostile. This was all neatly expressed in a New Year strategy memo leaked to the Times, including the memorable lines that Labour has made ”the best recovery of any opposition party in the history of opposition parties” and that comparisons between Ed Miliband and William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith or Michael Howard are ”wide of the mark”.The party would rather such comparisons were donwright impossible.

Övrigt: Läs Ed Milibands svar på kritiken i dagens The Guardian.

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PHILIP GOULD, Lord Gould of Brookwood, en av arkitekterna bakom New Labour och en av Tony Blairs viktigaste rådgivare. avled den 6 november av cancer.

Med resultaten från sina ständiga opinionsundersökningar och fokusgrupper såg han till att Labour inte glömde bort allmänhetens synpunkter när politiken skulle formas.

I en minnesruna i The Guardian skiver Lance Price, f.d. medierådgivare åt 10 Downing Street, följande:

Gould offered something that every prime minister craves, but few get in sufficient measure. He provided a swift and frank assessment of where public opinion stood on any particular issue at any particular time. And he gave his advice wholly unvarnished. He was never tempted to tell his political masters what he thought they wanted to hear, rather than what, in his judgment, they needed to hear.

Above all, he thought they needed to hear the views of those who were not traditional Labour supporters but who contributed to the party’s huge majority in the 1997 general election. Winning and maintaining their support was his self-proclaimed mission in life. To those who accused Labour of being too readily influenced by the wealthy, the City, the small-c conservatives and the celebrities, Gould was the answer. He kept the party in touch with the opinions of a much more representative segment of British society, the hard-working majority.


Private opinion polling was nothing new, but the systematic use of focus groups – small, representative samples of a target section of the electorate brought together and questioned at length – was. By the time of the 1987 election, Gould was conducting both kinds of survey at least once a day.


Gould was always an advocate of change, an uber-moderniser for whom no reform of policy or procedure was too radical. It ensured him a place at the heart of Blair’s inner circle, but just as surely condemned him in the eyes of those who believed Labour’s purpose and very soul were being systematically destroyed.

Läs mer: I sina sista intervjuer berättade Gould för The Guardian och The Statesman bl.a. hur hans syn på politik och religion förändrades under sjukdomen.

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