There was rightly an outrage when the EU announced last year that the UK along with other member states had to change the basis of calculation for its GDP in a way which meant we then had to pay more money as contribution to the EU budget. The government argued strongly against the gross payment, and many voters thought it unfair that the UK was required to make such a large payment for past years.
Plus the study of history and what the Dutch got in exchange for New York
There is, in principle, everything to be said for more people engaging in politics, including signing up for membership of the big political parties. But if the surge in membership of the Labour Party in many constituencies, especially in London, is designed to give radical elements the means of deselecting moderate MPs, that is quite another matter.
Plus: I stand in for a billionaire. Ten years of Pink News. And: the Michael Meacher I knew.
We floated the scenario of her going for Brexit last week. Speculation about her intentions will grow. As will the pressure for Boris to make his mind up.
It’s that time of year again when spending is reviewed. Every year I have been in Parliament spending has gone up, and every time all the debate has been about cuts. That’s the way the public sector likes to organise its debates. There are cuts in forecast increases, cuts in real rather than cash spending, cuts in baseline budgets that overstated the spending, and sometimes even real cuts in real activities. Whatever the cuts made total spending goes on upwards and upwards in cash terms, and usually in real terms as well.
Attacking providers of affordable housing in the capital shows the Government’s lack of concern for the poor
Where is Wang Yu?
China’s human rights are improving, and this relationship offers the UK opportunities that would otherwise be impossible
Yes, changes could be made to his plans – and probably will be. But the Chancellor is on the right side of a big, vital argument.
Working for your landlord, as I did, is becoming more common. But it sets a very dangerous precedent
What has become obvious in the last few years of Tory leadership is how few rights tenants now have in comparison to their landlords
The Procedure Committee’s interim report suggests that the Government will have a fight on its hands to defend its vision for English Votes.
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