There is a Conservative quartet of Peter Bone, Christopher Chope, Philip Davies and Philip Hollobone who cannot be faulted for the amount of time they spend on their feet in the Commons, arguing. Chope spoke in 75 Commons debates last year, well above the average for an MP, but he was eclipsed by Bone, who spoke in 95, Davies 136 and Hollobone 185. Given tha […]
David Cameron, according to his critics among senior diplomats and military commanders, seems to have turned Teddy Roosevelt’s advice on foreign policy – “speak softly and carry a big stick” – on its head.
Personal attacks, mud-slinging, celebrity endorsement, scare tactics, brightly coloured buses and getting creative with the facts have long been an essential part of any political party's election campaign toolkit. Who can forget the Tories' "New Labour, New Danger" poster featuring a demon-eyed Tony Blair? But rarely do such techniques s […]