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18 HOURS AGO - New Statesman

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Simulection: What happens when you run Labour's 2015 manifesto through a video game?

We are running the parties' manifestos through Democracy 3, an election simulation video game. Here's what happens if Labour wins... Market meltdown, vigilante mobs, and an asthma epidemic. Ed writes: “I’m the Prime Minister! No, I am. Look, really, really I am. I really am the Prime Minister. David gave me a card that says it and everything. Look, it ...

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APR 19, 2015 - Business Insider

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No, you can't plug the black hole in your spending plans with a tax avoidance clampdown

As the May 7 General Election approaches, mainstream political parties are going to place an emphasis on "aggressive tax avoidance," including publicising how much money they plan to raise through stricter policies.  But it's a fiction: They simply have no idea how much money a clampdown on tax avoidance might raise. It's just a handy line in the budget, which can ...

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APR 17, 2015 - New Statesman

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About that Conservative jobs miracle...

The Conservatives want welfare reform to be a success story. But the real picture is more mixed. The SWP and their ilk are closer to the truth than David Cameron would wish. Photo:Getty It has been clear for some time that the Conservatives’ plans to achieve a budget surplus in the next  Parliament – regarded with considerable scepticism by most ...

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APR 16, 2015 - New Statesman

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Leader: Political cross-dressing – how the Tories and Labour are fighting to cover faults

The party manifestos fight hard to cover up perceived weaknesses. Labour don't want to admit they'll borrow to invest; the Tories don't want to explain the welfare cuts. The Labour campaign bus. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images The perception that Labour cannot be trusted to control the public finances has hardened into received wisdom. This might be unfair – Gordon Brown used ...

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APR 16, 2015 - New Statesman

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How did the Labour party manifesto deal with social security?

Social security is perhaps the least surprising part of Labour's manifesto. But it's also one of the most important.  A lot more than just JSA. Photo: Getty In the weeks leading to an election, social security commitments can tick some of the most important boxes for voters. Four of the main boxes this election are: Fiscal responsibility; rewarding hardworking people; ...

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