Gove on Leaky Whitehall Life

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Dave might be floundering on Europe this morning but one of his potential successors is on top form. When asked by a Tory MP to account for Tim Shipman’s O-levels scoop last month, Michael Gove responded in a typically cutting fashion: “I have come to the conclusion that leaks appear to be part of political life“. Guido finds that the stories drip out a lot more regularly when the party’s poll ratings are on the slide…

Via LabourList.



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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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