Week of May 29 – June 4
11:48 am EST May 29, 2012
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
The most important election result we’ll see between the last general election and the next saw Boris Johnson returned as Mayor of London. Throughout the count on 4th May, the bar charts on the live screens showed that this two-horse race was going to be won by a nose.
As the Spanish banking crisis grows yet deeper, Philip Aldrick examines the burgeoning threat and the potential impact of a eurozone-funded bank rescue.
There's not much joy for George Osborne in today's YouGov poll for The Sunday Times. Two weeks ago ConHome revealed that Tory members had lost a lot of faith in the Chancellor and negativity is now widespread across the public.
Children who won't leave home are being fools to themselves. And parents should stop mollycoddling them
While the human cost of economic stupidity is all too visible, the world's leaders are paralysed by their dogma
Optimism comes easily to George Osborne. In the face of adversity he chooses to smile with the confidence of a politician who relishes a challenge. There is something of the high-stakes poker player about the Chancellor, a keen student of the Lyndon Johnson Texas school of hard-nosed politics.
Cllr Chris Townsend, an Independent councillor Mole Valley District Council, has become leader of the Council in coalition with the Conservatives. As there are seven independents and 16 Conservatives this is an unusual way round. the Lib Dems, with 19 councillors, are mad as hornets.
The debate surrounding Europe's economic crisis has reminded me of Lewis Carroll's Humpty Dumpty. In Through the Looking Glass he scornfully tells Alice: "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
By imposing a capital gains tax charge at 28% on the seriously rich 0.003% we could create 1.5m jobs over the next two years
Those nasty, money-grabbing NHS doctors! What with their “helping people” agenda and their working ridiculous hours for less than a tenth of the sums paid to the Square Mile’s finest, these “fat cat” healers must be the true villains of our age.
The health secretary tells Amber Elliott about his struggle with the health reforms, looking at social care budgets, and why he’s not worried about the future
Miliband is jubilant after the May elections, but Labour still has a way to go to win the nation’s heart and convince them Ed is the answer
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