Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
It is time for Britain to make a vital choice. Our economy is stagnant, with unemployment at horrendous levels, crippled by excessive public spending and a punitive tax system. There are two options.
And at the G8 summit, world leaders issue strong message calling for stimulus to encourage growth
Ken Livingstone once wrote that everyone “should pay tax at the same rate on their earnings and all other income”. For all our differences, I agree. If you earn the same amount as a shareholder collecting a dividend or as a plumber fixing someone’s central heating you should pay the same amount in tax.
A poll for tomorrow’s Sunday Mirror/Independent on Sunday, conducted by ComRes, reveals an important fact: Tory voters are not strongly united behind withdrawal from the European Union.
The American statesman and senator from Massachusetts Daniel Webster once wrote that an unlimited power to impose tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy.
Holyrood witchfinders never rest from finding new ways to persecute those in poverty
Menzies Campbell’s calls to re-think Trident will cheer the party following, but is coalition partner David Cameron listening?
A defiant Angela Merkel is doing no more than defending the interests of her own electorate.
Britain’s economy may suffer “permanent” damage and “never quite get back up” if the euro collapses in a chaotic way, the Government’s chief economic forecaster has said.
There are no ifs, buts or maybes. The European single currency was a crazy idea. It could only have worked if the peoples of the Eurozone had been ready to form a single state. As they were not, it was bound to fail.
A senior Conservative said about George Osborne, ‘We’ll kill him.’ The metaphor is in regular use
The Prime Minister David Cameron talks about fiscal sanity but is borrowing like a drunken Keynesian.
The Tories must avoid the deeply divisive quarrelling of the 1990s.
Politically inspired civil service bashing is naive, and counterproductive to the process of reform
One brave judge is all that lay between us and a law that would have given the president power to detain US citizens indefinitely
As events point to a Greek exit from the euro, David Cameron has pledged to stick to ‘Plan A’ on the economy
There has been some negative comment about the Prime Minister taking his wife Samantha out to dinner earlier this week. Bafflingly, their “date night”, involving a “swanky meal” was juxtaposed with William Hague’s comments that the British need to work harder.
Once every half century or so, Europe “tears itself apart” in an orgy of self-destructive national tribalism. It happens just like clockwork.
Francois Hollande, the Euro-fanatical new French president, must have wondered whether, like some unfortunate mortal in Greek mythology, he had angered the gods.
It is good to see Sir Mervyn King and David Cameron both being a little more open about the possibility of a Greek default. We need realism, not delusion, from our central bankers and politicians; and it is looking more likely by the day that Greece will elect a rabidly anti-austerity government next month, default on its debts and exit the euro.
Barring an extraordinary and improbable last-minute capitulation by the Germans, the Greeks are going to leave the euro, sooner rather than later.
The Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, has pledged that his department will exceed the Government’s requirement on red tape, the “one-in, one-out” rule.
Foreign Secretary William Hague will promise to “argue relentlessly” for free trade around the world in an effort to boost the UK economy.
David Cameron has told eurozone countries they must choose whether to “make up” or “break up” in his bleakest warning so far on the debt crisis.
Have you heard? Apparently the 301 are trying to take over the 1922?
To claim social mobility as your guiding principle yet ignore income inequality is not serious policy-making
Ed Miliband’s new policy chief is backing demands for an “immediate” referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.
Paul Goodman’s recent ConHome article was absolutely right: the Government mustn’t park the problem of electoral fraud just because Boris won the Mayoral election. As has been consistently raised by the indefatigable Cllr Peter Golds, Britain’s electoral system is wide open to fraud.
If you didn’t catch Neil O’Brien’s thought-provoking report for the Daily Telegraph last week, here’s another chance.
The Eurozone crisis continues to unfold. The economic news goes from bad to worse. Furthermore, with the ink hardly dry on the fiscal compact treaty, many countries are already in breach of the EU’s debt limits.
Patients in England are suffering from shortages of some medicines, according to the All Party Pharmacy Group of MPs.
IT has long been a theme of this column that the government and its critics alike have exaggerated the extent of the government’s belt-tightening. The coalition is doing this to try and reassure the bond markets while seeking to minimise the hit to the public sector; the opposition because it wants to blame the recession on “the cuts.”
Cllr Ralph Baldwin of Barking and Dagenham Council announces his decision to join the Conservative Party