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Veteran Political Strategist Says Tory Party’s Biggest Enemy Is “Themselves”

Veteran Political Strategist Says Tory Party’s Biggest Enemy Is “Themselves”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on a campaign visit to BAe Systems Submarines in Barrow-in-Furness (alamy) 5 min read1 hr Frank Luntz, an Influential political strategist, has said the Conservative Party’s worst threat is “themselves”, as the Tories continue to struggle in the polls and face significant losses at the next general election. Luntz has worked in politics for three decades and is renowned for helping conservative politicians resonate their ideas with the public. His best-known advice includes telling former US President George Bush’s government that they should use the term “climate change” rather than “global warming”, and he famously coined the term “death tax” as an alternative to “inheritance tax” in political campaigning.  Speaking to PoliticsHome as the UK prepares for a general election to be called this year, with a set of local votes taking place as soon as May, the veteran American pollster said he believed the reason the Conservatives were facing such heavy defeat was that they had failed to connect with the public. But he felt the greatest threat to the current ruling party was “themselves”, and …

Ruling party’s presidential candidate concedes to anti-establishment Faye

Ruling party’s presidential candidate concedes to anti-establishment Faye

Supporters of Senegalese presidential candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye celebrate early results showing that Faye is leading initial presidential election tallies, in Dakar, Senegal, March 24, 2024. LUC GNAGO / REUTERS Senegal’s governing coalition candidate Amadou Ba on Monday, March 25, recognized a win by anti-establishment candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye in the first round of presidential elections and offered his congratulations, a statement said. “Considering the trends of the presidential election results and awaiting the official declaration, I congratulate the president Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye on his victory in the first round,” Ba said in the statement. Opposition figure Faye promised voters profound change and a presidential policy platform of left-wing pan-Africanism. He appeared clearly ahead of the governing coalition’s former prime minister, Ba, according to provisional results from individual polling stations published by local media and on social networks. Newspapers proclaimed Faye the winner on their front pages. Read more Subscribers only Senegal on brink of political earthquake as opposition candidate Faye leads in presidential election Faye’s victory could herald a systemic overhaul in Senegal. …

Tory Unease Over Party’s Donor Race Row Response Is Growing

Tory Unease Over Party’s Donor Race Row Response Is Growing

Diane Abbott has described the Frank Hester’s remarks as “frightening”. (Alamy) 5 min read12 March Fresh discontent is brewing among Conservatives over Downing Street’s response to the party’s biggest donor reportedly making racist remarks about black MP Diane Abbott. On Monday The Guardian reported Frank Hester – who has donated £10m to the Conservative party in the last year – made the remarks during a meeting in 2019, where he allegedly said he believed Abbott, the UK’s longest serving black MP, “should be shot” and made him “want to hate all black women”.  “It’s like trying not to be racist but you see Diane Abbott on the TV and you’re just like, I hate, you just want to hate all black women because she’s there, and I don’t hate all black women at all, but I think she should be shot,” Hester reportedly said. In a statement Abbot described Hester’s alleged remarks as “frightening”. She added that “the fact that two MPs have been murdered in recent years makes talk like this all the more alarming.” In a post on X on Tuesday …

World Party’s Karl Wallinger was a pick’n’mix songwriter with a total, titanic love of music | Music

World Party’s Karl Wallinger was a pick’n’mix songwriter with a total, titanic love of music | Music

Songs were Karl Wallinger’s compass, melody his north star. When I interviewed him in 2012, over shepherd’s pie at the Groucho Club, he described himself as being a “song creature all my life”. The best tracks by World Party, whom he fronted, sound like a man trying to cram all the love and joy of his own fandom into four minutes, to distil the essence of Bob Dylan, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Sly Stone, Van Morrison, the Beach Boys, perhaps above all the Beatles, into one bubbling, funky, heartfelt and slightly ramshackle homebrew. Wallinger, who has died aged 66, pulled it off more than a few times. The big hitters in the World Party canon – Ship of Fools, Put the Message in the Box, Way Down Now, Is it Like Today?, She’s the One – sound like the best kind of pop music: ageless, beyond genre. Turn to them at any time and they will brighten any room. Beyond these staples, though, the catalogue runs deep. World Party were sometimes dismissed as 1960s revivalists, …

The Conservative party’s problem with Islamophobia – podcast | News

The Conservative party’s problem with Islamophobia – podcast | News

Lee Anderson is no stranger to controversy. While deputy chair of the Conservative party he earned the nickname “30p Lee” after chastising food bank users for not budgeting well enough and claiming that meals could be made for 30 pence each. He’s called for the reinstatement of the death penalty and told the Daily Express that if asylum seekers didn’t like their treatment they could “fuck off back to France”. So when he popped up on the right-wing GB News channel last week, it was no surprise to anyone that he weighed into the debate about the pro-Palestinian protests in his usual style. But this time he found himself at the centre of a political storm that didn’t blow over. He claimed that “Islamists” had “got control” over London mayor Sadiq Khan. As Archie Bland tells Nosheen Iqbal, his refusal to apologise saw him suspended from the parliamentary party. But when senior Tory colleagues were pressed on exactly why he had been suspended, none would say that Lee’s comments were Islamophobic. It was this prevarication …

Labour Frontbencher Squirms As Partys Woes Deepen

Labour Frontbencher Squirms As Partys Woes Deepen

A Labour frontbencher was left squirming as he was grilled over the crisis which has engulfed the party in recent days. Shadow defence secretary John Healy was asked “what on earth is happening” after Labour withdrew support for its candidate in the upcoming Rochdale by-election, and suspended another candidate over allegedly anti-Israel remarks. Appearing on Sky News this morning, Healy was grilled by presenter Kay Burley on Keir Starmer’s response to the controversies. The Labour leader was accused of acting too slowly in disciplining Azhar Ali, who was only chosen as the party’s candidate in Rochdale two weeks ago. It emerged at the weekend that he had told a meeting that Israel deliberately allowed 1,400 people to be killed on its own soil on October 7 in order to provide a pretext for invading Gaza. After his remarks were reported by the Mail on Sunday, Labour initially stood by Ali after he made a full apology. But he was eventually dumped by the party on Monday night after separate remarks he made at the same …

UK Labour Party’s lead falls to lowest since June 2023

UK Labour Party’s lead falls to lowest since June 2023

LONDON (Reuters) – Labour’s lead over Britain’s Conservatives has fallen 7 percentage points to its lowest since June 2023, a Savanta poll showed on Wednesday, after the opposition party scrapped a green spending target and struggled with anti-Semitism allegations. Polls over the past year have consistently shown Labour on course for victory in this year’s national election following 14 years under the Conservatives led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The latest poll, conducted between Feb. 9 and Feb. 11, estimates that Labour would take 41% of the vote, down five points from two weeks before. Support for the Conservatives rose by two points to 29% in the same period. The results are based on online interviews with 2,224 people. The last time Savanta’s polling showed Labour’s vote share as low as 41% was in September 2022 and the party’s lead as low as 12 points was in June last year. Although Savanta Political Research Director Chris Hopkins cautioned against reading too much into a single poll, he said it showed there were question marks for …

Labour’s ‘Shambolic’ Handling Of Azhar Ali Slammed By Party’s Anti-Semitism Report Author

Labour’s ‘Shambolic’ Handling Of Azhar Ali Slammed By Party’s Anti-Semitism Report Author

Labour’s handling of “clearly anti-Semitic” comments by its Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali was “shambolic”, the lawyer who investigated allegations of racism in the party has said. Labour withdrew its support for Ali last night after a backlash over his remarks about Israel and Jewish people, having initially stood by him. The Mail on Sunday reported the councillor allegedly said Israel deliberately allowed 1,400 people to be killed on its own soil on October 7. Ali reportedly said Israel did so in order to give the “green light” to invade the Palestinian territory of Gaza, when at a meeting of the Lancashire Labour Party. Labour stood by Ali after he apologised for his “inexcusable comments”. But on Monday night the position changed “following new information about further comments made by Azhar Ali coming to light today”. Martin Forde was tasked by Starmer back in 2020 to conduct an inquiry into allegations of bullying, racism and sexism within Labour. It came after internal document was leaked which revealed deep factional divisions within the party as it …

Weary Tories Sense PopCon Is An “Early Marker” In Battle For The Party’s Soul

Weary Tories Sense PopCon Is An “Early Marker” In Battle For The Party’s Soul

Former prime minister Liz Truss at the Popular Conservatism campaign launch (Alamy) 5 min read2 hr The launch of a new, right-wing Conservative movement on Tuesday laid bare the struggle for the heart of the Tory party that awaits after the next general election, expected to take place this year. Numerous Tory MPs, commentators and party members gathered in Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre on Tuesday morning for the launch of Popular Conservatism — a campaign focussed on “freedom” that aims to push the Conservative party closer towards principles like lower tax, stricter immigration rules and protecting free speech from “woke” culture. The speakers included former prime minister Liz Truss, ex-Cabinet minister Jacob Rees Mogg and Lee Anderson, who until recently was deputy chairman of the Conservative party. Former Home Secretary Priti Patel and senior Tory Jake Berry were in the audience, as was former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. However, the campaign’s insistence that it is focused on promoting ideas, rather than a change in party leadership, has failed to quell a feeling that Tory MPs involved have one …

Digested week: splits emerge in Tory party’s latest splinter group | John Crace

Digested week: splits emerge in Tory party’s latest splinter group | John Crace

Monday You have to move fast to catch up with the Tory party these days. Not long ago there were six factions locked in a death spiral. The “Five Families” of the Tory right – the European Research Group, the Northern Research Group, the laughably named Common Sense Group, the New Conservatives and the Conservative Growth Group – and the One Nation moderates who are too feeble to do anything. As of last week, we could add one more: the mysterious Conservative Britain Alliance that funded the YouGov poll in the Daily Telegraph which showed the Tories were heading for electoral wipeout and from which Lord Frost – the Tory peer who specialises in getting everything wrong – concluded that every foreigner should be deported to Rwanda. After this, the Tories’ self-styled election guru, Isaac Levido, concluded the Tories needed to unite a little. He’s obviously making good money from the Conservatives but he’s going to regret the hit to his credibility, because that merely sparked yet another splinter group. The new Popular Conservatism movement …