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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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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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