Week of Aug 14 – Aug 20
11:31 am EST August 1, 2012
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
A seismic shake-up of the Cabinet is the only option if the Tories are to revive their fortunes, argues Paul Goodman.
It suits the Tory austerity narrative to blame 'idle' Britons for the recession rather than flaws in the modern labour market
In the Economic Policy Review presented to Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne in opposition, we recommended 33 specific items of deregulation. We also recommended that a Minister be responsible for constructing regulatory budgets, with a view to cutting the total cost of regulations for business by £14 billion a year by the fifth year of a new government.
The Times' Sam Coates has performed a great public service this morning by listing FIFTY unresolved tensions between the Coalition partners.
Too many decisions about trains are made by engineers or people who like trains (e.g. Andrew Adonis). Trains get you from A to B, nothing more. They are well-suited to dense linear journeys, such as commuting or journeys between large cities. They are ill-suited to heterogeneous journeys, for which cars are more appropriate.
Substantial taxpayer funding for social housing is being redirected from spending of practical benefit and passed instead to an organisation called the Tenant Participation Advisory Service. I couldn't find its accounts on its website but it has 23 full time paid staff which implies its budget is substantial.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has accused the BBC of "carping and moaning" over jobless figures.
Congratulations to all of those who organised our brilliant Olympic Games; to the 70,000 cheerful volunteers, to all the competing athletes and the millions of supporters. All of these evidenced what I have always believed, that the great majority of the British public are down to earth patriot citizens.
Capping care costs will ease a terror felt by many. But leaders must beware: disaster lurks in promises the coalition can't keep
Adding to the sense of Tory discontent with the Government's rail fare increases, Priti Patel MP said on Sky News today that she wants Ministers to "do more" to help the situation
I was an early moderniser. In the mid 1990s I felt the Conservative party needed to change. The old fashioned approach based on supporting the pro European UK establishment in conjunction with Labour and the Lib Dems had led to national economic crisis with the Exchange Rate Mechanism. The Tory brand was damaged by association with the high interest rates, decline in output and the boom and bust which our membership of the ERM caused.
David Cameron should borrow one of the Liberals’ great slogans and trust the people
The army's Olympic performance challenged the defence minister's private 'ethos'. So why is the government currently negotiating £4bn of new tenders – many in defence?
The financial markets want wasteful state spending cut and will back investment in infrastructure
Independence lite would not be one thing or the other. But it is starting to have appeal for unionists and nationalists alike
In July, the Government published a Social Care White Paper. It apparently decided against a cap on the amount that an individual will be charged by the state for social care. Now we have a u-turn. The newspapers this morning have been briefed that there will be a cap after all. It will be £35,000 - the figure proposed by the economist Andrew Dilnot.
A group of rising young Conservative MPs claims that 'idle' British workers are damaging the economy by failing to compete with 'grafting' Asian countries.
David Cameron was today challenged by rising star Tory MPs to tackle “lazy” Britain — and bring in tough new work reforms.
Emma Burnell urges the Labour Party to stop wasting time 'bashing the posh'
From their perfectly pitched band name to their academic court statements, these women know exactly what they're doing
Politics is paralysed. I want to write about my schemes for the reform of welfare, or university funding, or healthcare, or prisons policy. But what would be the point?
He called Ed Milliband a “complete mug”, Ed Balls a “muttering idiot” and he told Labour MP Angela Eagle to “Calm down, dear”. Why is David Cameron so derogatory to those sitting opposite him? Based on his actions he should be sat with them.
Unhappy civil servants are feeling undermined by ministers’ drive for more political control
The 0.4% decline in top pass rates is a blip for now. Time will tell whether it represents something deeper, and what that might be
The Guardian-reading elite is waiting to hear from Right-thinking writers and comedians
Private companies can deliver key services as reliably as the public sector, and at lower cost
Which has gone up more in the five years since the financial crisis began: wages or food prices?
Private investment in infrastructure and construction would help get us growing again
Over the next few days ConservativeHome will be looking at the looming reshuffle, the first and perhaps only big reshuffle that Mr Cameron will make in this parliament. Although my guess is that the really big one is actually a year or so away.
There’s a new spirit of post-Olympics goodwill, and politicians will be expected to respond to it
Marxist sociologist John Holloway argues that a world after capitalism is already being imagined in struggles around the world.
When the Government first flirted with the idea of relaxing Sunday trading laws Paul Goodman was very unimpressed. Is this the most anti-Christian government in British history?
, he asked. But it's not just churchgoers who don't like the idea. By 52% to 36% most Britons oppose further deregulation of Sunday opening.
Sports stars like Mo Farah at No 10 will not change a simple fact: people are starving because of the west's thirst for biofuels
BBC2'sYoung, Bright and on the Right
wasn't an exposure of young Conservatism, it was just sad
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