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By Jimmy Leach:  Nostalgia is morphing into an existential crisis for Ukip. It’s all been a bit X Factor this week. We’re all pretty sure we know the results, we’re just waiting for the novelty acts to be winnowed out and the promoters are trying to keep our attention by organising themes. This week, it’s been nostalgia week.Nothing new there for Ukip, of course, a party built on viewing

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By Jimmy Leach: Social media analysis shows Brits aren't entirely convinced by French President-elect. France do things better than us. They have better food, better wine – and now they have better elections. So much more threat and drama than our own tedious parade to Tory domination. It turns out that we've actually been rather partial to the drama over the Channel.The sense you get from the media is that a huge sigh of

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By Jimmy Leach:  If the US election was characterised by fake news, then this general election may notable for its fake outrage.As the campaign drags on, there is no real shift in the narrative - we’re all expecting a substantial Tory majority, to the point where the expectation may well be Theresa May’s biggest problem. If the electorate assumes that the local election results will be played out again, then

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By Jimmy Leach:  Social media is showing a more complex picture than the polls. May and Corbyn should take note. It’s been a week in which electoral strategies have become a little clearer. Not much clearer, and not necessarily credible, but we take what we can in these bewildering times.Yet based on research from the social media analysis company Impact Social, things aren’t (quite) so clear cut as we thought

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By Tim Wallace, Economics Correspondent:  Theresa May has a tough job ahead if she wants to win over Britain’s small businesses, who greeted the announcement of a snap general election more with dismay than delight - particularly taking offence at her sharp U-turn on the idea of holding an early vote.Opinion polls show the Prime Minister has a commanding lead among polls of the public at large, but small companies have revealed

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By Jimmy Leach:  We live in a time of great turbulence, a time when men and women of substance must stand and be counted, must look the people in the eye . . . and receive a shrug and a grunt of ‘meh’ before everyone gets back to doing something else.In the week of the most important piece of paper that Europe has seen since Neville Chamberlain waved his around the airport, you’d expect politicians

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