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Are expenses headlines making plans for Nigel?

Reports of financial irregularities at UKIP have the potential to halt the party’s previously unstoppable bandwagon

In 2008, Republican US Presidential candidate John McCain caught most of the political establishment off guard when he named little-known Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin’s unpolished persona was initially greeted as a breath of fresh air in what was already...

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  • NigelFarage
    Are expenses headlines making plans for Nigel? In 2008, Republican US Presidential candidate John McCain caught most of the political establishment off guard when he named little-known Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin’s unpolished persona was initially greeted as a breath of fresh air...
  • BritainCogs2
    Economic development needs clear leadership, not just money and partnership It’s a busy week for economic development, that perennial bridesmaid of UK policy areas. Tomorrow, the government will announce the winners of the fifth round of Regional Growth Funding. Businesses up and down the country will share in a £300...
  • CarolineLucas
    Shrewdness and base human nature guide fracking through Westminster An excellent case study in exerting political influence is playing out in energy policy at the moment. I don’t mean the competition inquiry into the Big Six, but the more fundamental debate about the way we source our energy in...
  • Portcullis with Jon Bennett
    Miliband and Labour must hope for two changes in political attitudes It’s been a tricky few days for Ed Miliband. A poll in today’s Times finds that only 19% of the electorate can imagine the Labour leader in Downing Street. If leaders can’t create a believable vision of the future for...
  • Politics19March
    Bingo, beer and pensions: Osborne’s bid to balance political books It was Budget day today, the moment at which the government sets out tax and spend commitments and detailed accounts of policies and initiatives designed to safeguard the nation’s finances for the months and years ahead. Unfortunately, as ever, attention...
  • Politics12March
    Supply and demand: what price good leadership? In the market for leadership talent, supply and demand might be expected to play a major part. If relatively few managers and leaders have the particular blend of skills and experience necessary to run a major business, department or institution...
  • Number10a
    How politicians are known by the company they keep The association fallacy is an automatic short cut we all take from time to time. It’s why companies spend fortunes to be linked with popular celebrities and drop like a stone those whose actions might impinge on carefully crafted brand...
  • RegionalGrowth
    RGF report: how much does it cost to buy a decent job these days? The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) doesn’t garner that many headlines, but with £3.2 billion of public-sector money to hand out to private business it should perhaps attract more than it does. A report this week from the National Audit Office...
  • Politics19Feb
    When does the “Big Society” need Big Government? If a defining concept underpinned the Cameron project before the 2010 General Election, it was the “Big Society”. Although the phrase failed to take root and was quietly dropped, the principle still informs Conservative thinking. Policies are geared to the...
  • LivingWage
    Why employers can’t afford not to embrace the living wage Last week, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) issued a report warning that the decline in pay rises would not be reversed until there is a substantial improvement in the UK’s poor productivity record. This follows the Chancellor’s...
  • Politics12Feb
    Are our political leaders in too deep? Political careers are at the mercy of events. In hindsight, the innate abilities of celebrated figures look like evidence that great things were on the way. But through a different lens, lucky breaks and good timing shook a chance-chosen few...
  • Politics5Feb
    Should political parties emulate supermarket loyalty schemes? Are we better off or worse off? Do we have more jobs or fewer jobs? It depends who you listen to. Westminster politicians are keen to tell us how we’re doing and how we feel as they prepare for what’s...
  • Politics30Jan
    Scepticism over recovery hands government a challenge The figures on growth seem clear. According to the ONS, the UK economy grew by 1.9% in 2013: the strongest performance since 2007. But far from basking in the sunny uplands of the economic recovery, the chancellor has to tread...
  • Versatility2
    Is versatility in the workplace overrated? It is one of the great truths of the workplace that people who can juggle multiple tasks are held in high esteem. But that seems to go double for any employee who can step outside their specialist role and work...
  • GeorgeOsborne
    Is the chancellor master of the economy or just its frontman? Politicians battle daily to appear competent with the economy. Not for nothing does the chancellor live next door to the prime minister: economic issues resonate with voters and come with helpful quarterly numbers that make it easy to keep score....
  • MargaretHodge
    Are Select Committees restoring faith in political leadership? There’s a reason why the only bit of Parliamentary business that reaches popular TV is Prime Minister’s Questions. Much of the rest is pretty tedious stuff. Important legislation being scrutinised and debated line by line is the substance of great...
  • Politics8Jan
    Political prophecies for 2014: big issues and a major milestone The turn of the year is a busy time for pundits and budding prophets. What economic growth should we expect in the year to come? What will political parties be polling come December? And crucially… what will the weather be...
  • HumanCapital
    Why it’s not cold-blooded to measure human capital The debate on human capital management (HCM) has risen and fallen on the tide of economic cycles. At the turn of the millennium, when business was booming, there was widespread interest in solving the puzzle of how companies should quantify...
  • RobertHalfon
    Why government is key in apprenticeships drive Unemployment figures continue to improve, but youth unemployment remains a problem, with around one million young people out of work, education or training. The key to driving this down is vocational education. Despite the government making some big, welcome changes...
  • JobTitleInflation
    The truth about job title inflation There was a time when my job title consisted of one or two words, neither of which required further elucidation. Everybody knows what a journalist is, even if they don’t like them. Now my full title won’t fit on a...

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