2010 UK Election


Climate and energy policy may not be the most talked about issue from candidates in the run up to the election; in the current economic climate the focus has been shifted elsewhere in the scramble for crosses on paper, but what might the future hold for environmental issues under a new government? This week we have seen the odds on a Tory government cut considerably, so what would a Tory government offer to those worried about climate policy?

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Last Tuesday Tony Blair returned to the Labour Party front-line when he gave a speech to his former sedgefield constituents. In his speech he praised Gordon Brown as the man who made the brave and correct decisions at the right time regarding the economy, “It required leadership. Gordon Brown supplied it”, and criticised the Conservatives for offering nothing more than change for change sake, describing the “time for change” mantra as “vacuous”.

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Gordon Brown and the Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen are locked in talks in Stormont trying to prevent a collapse of devolution in Northern Ireland. The key issue is over the devolution of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Stormont, with Sinn Fein pushing for an immediate transfer and the DUP hoping to stave off the move until a later date. But why are these issues crucial to devolution? And why is a deal proving so difficult?

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At the weekend Gordon Brown appealed to everyday British people¬†when setting out his stall for the election. Most people in this country are fed up with dishonest politicians. Despite a recent thaw politicians of both parties are still skating on ice, not taking the plunge of proposing what to do with the ¬£178 billion hole in the public finances. This Government is running a big deficit in the polls as well as in the public finances, and it can’t tackle the former without being more honest about tackling the latter.

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