Week of Feb 21 – Feb 27

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Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.


Osborne: UK has run out of money

The Government ‘has run out of money’ and cannot afford debt-fuelled tax cuts or extra spending, George Osborne has admitted.

The itinerant US left has found its home in the Occupy movement

Far from alienating middle America, the progressive movement has captured the public and political imagination

Tax is not a tool for social engineering

We should use tax to fund public spending, and that’s it, argues Luke Bozier. It shouldn’t be a tool for redistributing wealth

Labour made NHS sick…not Lansley

David Cameron did a strange thing as he was leaving the House of Commons after Prime Minister’s Questions this week – he gave Andrew Lansley a fist bump.


Nick Clegg is targeting Tory voters for higher property taxes – but why are David Cameron and George Osborne pandering to him?

The Liberal Democrat leader’s language has steadily become more anti-wealth and is often economically illiterate.

The Tories have lost the public on health but not on welfare reform

The voters could turn against Labour on benefits just as they have rounded on the Tories over the health service

Workfare provides a ladder of hope, from despair to dignity

David Cameron (maybe stretching it a bit) has called business ‘the most powerful force for social progress the world has ever known’.


Mark Field MP: The new economic thinking is coming from the East

As we have all learned from the graveyard of failed forecasts, economics is an unerringly inaccurate as well as a dismal science, inextricably bound to the whims of irrational human behaviour.

The Lib Dem carcass-to-be isn’t ready to give up just yet

The Liberal Democrats know vultures are circling, and Labour must ensure voters who feel betrayed come its way and stay

There are doctors in the House

Before the last election Mr Cameron put out a plea for new people to join the Conseravtives as potential MP candidates.  He said we need a new influx of professional talent to help us with our deliberations on future policy, and in managing the public sector.


David Cameron still isn’t giving up on The Big Society

You’ve got to give the Prime Minister credit: no matter how many times his pet phrase gets mocked, he refuses to abandon his faith in it.

Bank bonuses and a dilemma for the PM

The figures detailing Royal Bank of Scotland’s 2011 losses will reignite the row over banking bonuses. The bank, 82 per cent publicly owned since its rescue in 2008, made a loss of £2 billion last year, up from £1.1 billion in 2010.

Miss, Ms or Mrs – I don’t care what you call me

According to my debit cards, I am Miss Jasmine R Gardner. Yes, everybody, that’s right: I am unmarried. I don’t recall ever giving the bank that information, but it’s clear that at some point I did.


No 10 is losing its grip on the reins of power

A worrying sense of drift in key policies is damaging the Prime Minister’s authority.

Health and safety: Our 999 services could save more lives by ripping up the rule book

A man drowns in waist-high water: An obsession with red tape is preventing brave police and firefighters from doing their job.

Boiling the frog: why Labour’s success is killing them

Yesterday, at the end of a rather dull and inconclusive bout of fisticuffs with David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions, Ed Miliband came out with a rather startling prediction. He claimed Labour was set to surge to a 25-point lead in the opinion polls, the NHS reforms would be scrapped, and David Cameron would be forced to resign.


50p tax rate ‘failing to boost revenues’

The amount of income tax paid fell sharply last month in the first formal indication that the new 50p higher rate is not raising the expected amount of revenue.

University graduates just as likely to be unemployed as school leavers with one GCSE

A 21-year-old university graduate is as likely to be unemployed as a 16-year-old who leaves school with one GCSE, official Government research show.

‘Dignity’ inspections in hundreds of care homes within weeks

A team of inspectors is to be sent into hundreds of care homes within to check whether elderly people are being treated with dignity.


Cameron needs to refocus his efforts

The reformist credentials of this government are looking increasingly shaky. The only area where real change is taking place is education

Opposing free labour doesn’t make us ‘job snobs’, Iain Duncan Smith

I’m all for ‘real jobs that worthwhile people do’, be they in a supermarket or anywhere else. So let’s see those jobs

Sketch: Andrew Lansley limps on

Michael Deacon watches Health Secretary Andrew Lansley attempt to defend his much-maligned health bill in the Commons.

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