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JAN 29, 2015 - New Statesman

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The art of the political wager: how to make money betting on the general election

The only certainty about this year's election is that it will break all previous betting records. So who should you be placing your money on? Photomontage by Dan Murrell At the end of October 2008 I found myself in Las Vegas, as one does. I was not there for any of the customary purposes, though I might have played a ...

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JAN 27, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Britain braces for election that could herald EU exit

Britain is revving up for one of the tightest and most unpredictable elections in memory, as Prime Minister David Cameron fights to retain power and call a referendum on European Union membership. A fragmented vote yielding a new coalition is seen as the most likely outcome, thrusting smaller parties into the limelight in a country that is still used to ...

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JAN 26, 2015 - New Statesman

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The irony of arch EU prevaricator David Cameron crying "economic uncertainty" over Syriza's win

The Prime Minister is concerned about the financial instability Syriza's win could bring to Europe – when he's the one promising a referendum that would be deeply destabilising. Cameron, like Syriza, has caused uncertainty in the EU. Photo: Getty The Greek election will increase economic uncertainty across Europe. That's why the UK must stick to our plan, delivering security at home. ...

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JAN 23, 2015 - New Statesman

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Back to the future? Britain’s 1975 referendum on Europe

On this day 40 years ago, Harold Wilson announced that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Community would be held within six months. Harold Wilson called a referendum on Europe 40 years ago. Photo: YouTube screengrab On 23 January 1975, Prime Minister Harold Wilson announced that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Economic Community would be ...

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JAN 22, 2015 - New Statesman

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Why has the SNP changed its definition of voting only on "Scottish matters"?

Preparing for power, home and abroad. The SNP is preparing for power, home and abroad. Photo: Getty Today the UK government published "Scotland in the United Kingdom: An enduring settlement". Some have wryly observed that the title lacked a question mark. The further powers proposals for Scotland come after months of negotiations that formed the Smith Commission. That commission is ...

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