POLITICS: Turkeys vote for Christmas

Talk of an early general election has been notably absent this week. The story was originally pushed by Labour spinners trying to provoke an outbreak of “discipline under duress” among their unhappy backbenchers. Sources from the Conservative Government have consistently and emphatically denied any plans for an early poll. The most realistic chance of that changing, ironically, would come about if the Opposition parties in the Commons and (more importantly) Lords manage to cripple the Government’s domestic agenda.

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