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How do the resources available to the Government and the Opposition differ when it comes to planning

The government may draw up and execute policy plans with the aid of civil servants, who may give advice but remain politically neutral, as well as 'SpAds', special advisers who are political ...
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Where can I find the UK visa issue rate in South Asia?

The information can be pieced together from the UK government websites. Obviously there is no data for 2022 (as it is currently 2022, so any data would be incomplete) But there is data for 2021. It ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

It's just a bit of wordplay. The key part being: This something-for-nothing economics isn’t Conservative. True! It’s socialism. Ehhhh. He is basically making the point that on a scale which only ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

Tax incidence There are many different taxes, and even the taxes applicable to all groups of population are not uniform across the incomes and occupations. In this sense, lowering taxes is meaningless,...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

Of course. The central tenant of socialism is that every person “aught to work.” (Simon) “…capitalistic mode of production in its historical connection and its inevitableness during a particular ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

It was a smart trick to blame socialism for the failures of capitalism. Sunak already knew Truss' proposals, so he prepared in advance his comment. Several answers pointed out that Sunak was referring ...
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Do Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss (presently) poll poorly against Keir Starmer?

At the start of the contest (6th-7th July), JL Partners conducted a head-to-head matchup poll against Keir Starmer for each candidate. The full tables can be found here, or in graph form below. Sir ...
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Is there a list of times that the House of Lords Appointments Commission has been overruled?

Not as such, but that’s because it would be rather short - so far, only Lord Cruddas has been appointed to a life peerage by the Prime Minister against the advice of the Commission. When the ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

There's a wide scale of 'socialism', from a complete lack of tax-funded services right through to full-blown communism. The interesting thing is Sunak's use of 'socialist' as an insult. Though common ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

It's not about taxes, it's about deficits. To understand Rishi Sunak's claim you need to understand the background against which it is made. In 2010, when the Conservatives entered government against ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

It isn't socialist to lower taxes, and it isn't socialist to raise them either - at least not inherently. To understand why, it's necessary to discuss what socialism actually is. Socialism is an ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

I think Trilarion's explanation is the correct one for what Sunak meant, in particular because he also said We’ve got to the point where even Keir Starmer is attacking leadership candidates for ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

As far as I can see it, the controversy was about the likely impact of the proposed tax cuts. Liz Truss thinks that the tax cuts may increase tax income and offset expected tax income losses in the ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

Lowering taxes is not socialist in any way - this is simply the game of politics. Conservative voters - in the current "meta" - tend to absolutely loathe anything that can be labeled as &...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

To be clear: I am not taking Sunak's side on this. While it is trivially correct to say lower taxes does not mean socialism, it is also incorrect to claim that socialism means higher taxes. The ...
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What drives the appeal and nostalgia of Margaret Thatcher within UK Conservative Party?

I'm not sure it's nostalgia for Mrs Thatcher rather than distaste for the current UK Conservative "leadership". Someone pointed out that those in their middle years now were young during the ...
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What drives the appeal and nostalgia of Margaret Thatcher within UK Conservative Party?

While success at the ballot box is definitely a factor, my personal experience from speaking to Conservative party members, as well as a couple of MPs, is that Thatcher's legacy is remembered with ...
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What drives the appeal and nostalgia of Margaret Thatcher within UK Conservative Party?

She had such a large majority she was able to attack the common assets of the country and sell them all off, and the opposition could do nothing but complain. When she came into power the country had ...
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What drives the appeal and nostalgia of Margaret Thatcher within UK Conservative Party?

Success! Margaret Thatcher was exceptionally successful, winning 3 General Elections with large majorities, and perhaps more importantly, never losing a general election. Partisans love a winner. ...
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What are the consequences of "losing the whip"?

On the general side, parliamentary parties (through their whips' offices) play a role in selecting MPs for political offices (such as positions on select committees, as well as more visible roles such ...
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Are there provisions for a tie in the Conservative leadership election?

There didn’t use to be; the House of Commons Research Briefing, Leadership elections: Conservative Party notes that in the first ballot of the 2001 leadership election, David Davis and Michael Ancram ...
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