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By Tim Wallace, Economics Correspondent: Britain’s small businesses are increasingly disillusioned with the Government, fearing that Theresa May’s administration has lost sight of their interests.The appearance of incompetence or indifference is feeding into companies’ perception of the Government’s performance elsewhere, too - a growing proportion are worried about Brexit. Firms which were not worried about leaving the EU at the time of the Article 50 announcement are now increasingly concerned.The

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By Jimmy Leach:  Second is the new first in politics. You can get fewer votes, win fewer seats and be far from a parliamentary majority, but you can still claim that “it is obvious who really won the election” and begin chuntering about a million-strong march to prove that.Democracy is not about the number of crosses on a ballot paper, it’s about not being as bad as everyone thought you were. All

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By Jimmy Leach:  The horizon for this election used to be June 9. We all reckoned we knew what would happen at 10pm on the 8th. The bongs would fade and a Dimbleby would announce exit polls showing a convincing victory for Theresa May. The gamble of a snap election would pay off.The work would begin the following day, the only question being how May would use her enhanced majority to give herself leeway

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By Jimmy Leach:  Voters think Trump is too cosy with Putin - and it's resulting in a significant loss of trust. The revelation that Donald Trump has a head of communications was quite the surprise. Someone was in charge of all this? Really?So the news that Michael Dubke has quit the role as the President's mouthpiece, presumably because the man himself was using a different orifice, is less of a shock than

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By Tim Wallace, Economics Correspondent:  Theresa May's manifesto risks losing the Conservatives their image as the party of business, The Daily Telegraph can disclose, after Britian’s small companies overwhelmingly rejected their policies and questioned the lack of costing in the policy diktat.A vanishingly small proportion of companies support the manifesto, while the Prime Minister’s mantra of “strong and stable leadership” achieves only modest backing.Instead, small firms are distressed by the

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By Jimmy Leach:  The Longfellow of Longsight, Noel Gallagher once pithily summed up the traditional tribalism of politics: “Politics is like football for me. Labour is my team and even if you don’t like a striker, you don’t give up supporting the whole team . . .”And anyone who has had a sweaty-faced Mancunian in their face in a backstreet pub asking: “Are you a red or a blue”, can attest, that attitude has

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