There are plenty of steps the Government could take to avert the threat
The puritanical insistence that our leaders over-exert themselves does not mean we are better governed.
New data suggests that 95 per cent of Americans are better off than their British equivalents. That is unlikely to prompt the response it should.
Gloomy as the headlines may be, here are some reasons to look on the bright side.
Don’t play golf! Do take the ice-bucket challenge! We really do ask the impossible
The first glimpse of the insurgents’ 2015 manifesto suggests a risky willingness to be all things to all men. It could backfire.
It is very grim to read that poor old Paul Gascoigne is once again in trouble. There is a wretched inevitability about it. Addiction is a relapsing illness (or “condition”, if you prefer). Families of addicts become wearily familiar with the pattern: a period of abstinence raises the hopes – perhaps with a commitment to treatment, firm promises of change and agonised apologies for past betrayals; but it’s only a matter of time before those hopes are dashed again, when the sufferer has a “slip”, and crashes off the wagon yet again.
That’s a stark way of stating the choice that Lord Ashcroft’s polling suggests will loom next May.
Success has many fathers, and on Twitter the fight to claim credit for the results at King Solomon Academy has already begun. KSA is an all-through school in Paddington, London, sponsored by ARK, and its results are breathtaking.
Way back in the olden days, Scottish Labour won the 1999 elections to the Scottish parliament, at least in part, on the back of the slogan Divorce is an Expensive Business. (The SNP’s promise to raise income tax – the naffly named ‘Penny for Scotland’ – helped too. The Nationalists have never since risked making an overt case for higher taxes.)
Hoyle should replace Bercow – whose tenure has failed from the start to shake off Conservative suspicions of bias.
The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has robustly defended his policies against somewhat agitated allegations that there is a crisis in our prisons. Certainly, he conceded, that there are difficulties but not, he says, a crisis.
GPs who prescribe unnecessary antibiotics just to stop patients nagging them are putting all our lives at risk.
No wonder there was rejoicing on Labour’s front benches when Michael Gove was shuffled off to the Whips’ Office. The socialist firebrands were clearly worried that if Britain’s schools become any more meritocratic, they might not be able to pass on their own inherited privileges.
Downing Street has announced that David Cameron is returning to Westminster from his holiday.
If Hague can co-chair a global summit on rape as a weapon of war, why shouldn’t Hammond chair one on the persecution of believers?
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