From political strife to Swedish songwriting—a look at this month's issueby Bronwen Maddox / October 15, 2015 / Leave a comment
Could Jeremy Corbyn ever get to No.10? For all the improbability of that image, as our exclusive polls this month show, voters say they back some policies he embraces far more than they do the government’s. He is also clearly “on to something,” as Peter puts it, in trying to strike a new tone. But you can’t glue together a winning platform from these strands, as he also notes. The prospect of Prime Minister Corbyn remains implausible unless he becomes less like, well, Jeremy Corbyn.
Being Leader of the Opposition has never been a smooth ride. But Philip Collins, offers a script for what the Opposition should now say, targetting the government’s weak flanks, such as tax credits, Europe, and social mobility. David Cameron used his conference speech to revive the theme with which he opened his premiership, of remaking his party into one of compassionate Conservativism. If he succeeds, that could be a recipe for future victories. But for a leader who once gibed at Tony Blair, “You were the future, once,” it is striking how much in his speech he resembled Blair.
The government’s confidence rests not just on the existence of Corbyn but on the recovery. Yet George Osborne’s plans are vulnerable to factors beyond his control as well as to a backlash against cuts. Room to soften the withdrawal of tax credits