The government’s economic policy has allowed the economy to generate many new jobs. Many more families now have at least one income earner. The best way to cut the welfare bill is to help people get a job. The best way to cut public spending is to help the creation of many more better paid jobs.
Alistair Darling has told tomorrow’s FT that he won’t be seeking re-election and is off at the ‘relatively young’ age of 60 to try something new. He backs the also-departing Jim Murphy as leader of Scottish Labour but will do so as a member of the public. Darling’s decision doesn’t surprise me: there were rumours that he was thinking this way ahead of the last election.
Tories hope Red Ed, the SNP and the Greens will grant us victory in 2015. Labour hope UKIP will do the same for them. It’s an uninspiring capitulation.
“The Chancellor has made clear in a series of speeches that he is in favor of mayors for our great northern cities,” says the Treasury today. That’s funny, because the cities of Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle made clear in a series of referenda in May 2012 that they didn’t want Mayors. Wrong answer, it turns out.
The gross payment for 2013 was £19.4bn
The Met Office is a national joke because it relies on computer models programmed to assume that the chief factor determining our changing climate is the rise in carbon dioxide
P.S: They’re unlikely to happen at all, of course.
Today’s figures on jobs growth in the South-East give a fresh insight into the shape of the recovery. There has been a sharp drop in the number of painters and decorators, electricians and plumbers, as well as other construction workers, claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, as the construction sector finally recovers.
There’s an answer to political trickery as the election approaches – pick local candidates
Chris Grayling is taking a strong stand on the side of the victims against their tormentors.
We should be spending our money on tackling the real problems in the developing world – if we can
Perhaps. But it’s hard to see where a significant Tory breakthrough is going to come from in time for next May.
The party’s current travails could cost it dearly both at Westminster and Holyrood but the former Scottish secretary offers the best chance of turning things around
Public and media opinion have shifted while Westminster’s stance on the failing War on Drugs remains the same. How long will the mismatch last?
Newspapers are all only too painfully aware of how we are having to adapt to survive in today’s modern, fast-paced, ever-changing digital media world. But the way I look at it, we have always had to fight to survive, ever since the birth of the mass media in the 1890s – the decade, if I may indulge in a little product placement, in which Alfred Harmsworth launched the Daily Mail.
Privately, the Conservatives are probably not particularly surprised about the demise of Bob Neill’s EU referendum bill, this time at the hands of the Liberal Democrats. It was always a Downing Street ruse to help quell backbench rebellion and senior Tories have ever since viewed the progress both of this bill and its predecessor, led by James Wharton, as an opportunity to cheer up the backbenches with bacon butty breakfasts and so on.
The text of my speech from yesterday evening’s debate on the future of the centre-right with Matthew Parris.
Gove, May, IDS, Grayling, Maude. Unlike the minnows of Labour and UKIP, these are serious people delivering serious change for serious times.
Pumping more and more cash into an unreformed system is simply unacceptable
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Among its other questions: would you vote for the Metropolitan Party? And what about that Tory-UKIP Pact?
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