Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
David Cameron protests too much when he suggests that the departure of his adviser Steve Hilton will change nothing
Just a glitch, I am sure, because the Conservative Party has the money and the staff, but it has allowed its website to fall into disuse. Thus the Prime Minister’s speech to the party’s spring conference yesterday has not been put up there.
There is a near consensus in the Sunday newspapers that Steve Hilton’s departure is a big moment in the life of the Coalition.
Schools have been given the go-ahead to reduce the amount of homework they set for pupils after complaints from parents that studies are cutting in to family time.
The ‘unfunded’ tax cut of today is the economic stimulus of tomorrow.
One City story that slipped through the cracks this week was a modern-day take on Robin Hood that is prospering in Broken Britain.
DO WE still need publishers? Not a day goes by without an unknown author bringing out a self-published book. Even established authors are getting in on the act.
One day a politician will be brave enough to transform a health service riven by fear.
Shelagh Fogarty on David Cameron’s horseriding, and an obscene attempt to end a life.
Smoking and alcohol dangers are known and regulated for. So why are the risks posed by junk food not taken seriously?
A radical Budget from George Osborne will prevent an exodus of wealth from the UK.
The government is hurting those trying to stay off the dole, while filling workplaces with free staff. Voters should be shocked
The prime minister doesn’t look far for his economic advice but, as the Budget looms, he remains committed to his chancellor’s economic strategy
Matrons and sisters once managed to run kind, orderly hospital wards using their instincts.
Hammersmith and Fulham’s success in cutting its council tax by 3.75 per cent should be an example to other boroughs. Its Band D tax will fall by more than £30 next financial year. Most London councils are indeed managing to freeze the tax.
There was no political issue we agreed on, but America’s public square is immeasurably poorer for his loss
ONE City story that slipped through the cracks this week was a modern-day take on Robin Hood that is prospering in Broken Britain. Instead of stealing from the rich, Provident Financial, the kind of money lender that big fish such as Barclays and HSBC look down their noses at, borrows from them at a generous 4.5 per cent interest rate.
The 50p higher rate of income tax is “damaging the economy” and delaying the recovery from recession, more than 500 entrepreneurs and business owners warn today.
Emma Harrison and her ilk are free to reap the benefits of our shame at being smart with money and investment
The prime minister used the leap year to put a proposal to Ed Miliband – but there was no getting down on one knee over NHS reforms
IN the beauty contest of an election, the tax affairs of people aspiring to public office inevitably come under closer scrutiny than those of others. This has now happened with Ken Livingstone, who, as we report today, used a private company to process payments for media work while he was mayor.
Persuading Shirley Williams onboard proves a popular move for the Lib Dem leader
Unless the Lib Dem leader proves he is still their champion, the rank and file could deliver a fatal blow.
Services are already being pulled in an unannounced, piecemeal way. If the bill passes, the health secretary won’t be accountable
Last week’s Across The Pond