Daily Archives: August 1, 2008

Jim Pickard

Chutzpah today from the Tories after the breakdown of talks between EDF and British Energy.

Charles Hendry, shadow energy minister, has put out a statement declaring that: “Time is not on our side, as the government has left it very late to give a firm direction for nuclear.” Read more >>

Jim Pickard

One year after the arrival of Hips and the public aren’t impressed.

A new YouGov poll has found that only 5 per cent of people think the new, compulsory sales packs have delivered benefits. Another 68 per cent said they had failed to make a positive difference. Read more >>

Jim Pickard

TV coverage of Miliband this week showed a young, smooth, tall, even handsome man with energy and charisma. There was little sign of humility or backtracking on the idea that he was preparing the ground for a tilt at the top job.

Yesterday he seemed reminiscent of Tony Blair at the peak of his powers, complete with the enormous cheesy grin. Read more >>

Jim Pickard

Treasury officials are NOT working on potential plans for a windfall tax. That’s what I’m being briefed.

Of course that doesn’t mean that Gordon Brown may not bow to pressure in the autumn and put it in the pre-budget report. It could be a vote-winner. Plenty of siren voices are urging such a move (unions, backbenchers, junior ministers, maybe even some cabinet ministers). Read more >>