Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
When it comes to tax and spend, be it a £26,000 benefits cap, executive pay, bankers bonuses or civil servant largesse, the government needs to tackle abuse and avoidance at every income level
Peter Watt argues that John Major was onto something with his “Back to Basics” campaign, if only he had sold it properly it could have been a success.
If you want an example of how anti-development councillors are harming the public, look no further than Basingstoke. There, contrary to the wishes of the Coalition government, the council seems determined to prevent any significant house building at all.
The Coalition is fraught with tension and is unlikely to last beyond 2013.
This week Parliament voted through the £26,000 cap on benefits. It was the right thing to do and, as David Cameron has said many times, ‘the people are behind us, the country wants it too’.
The best thing that David Miliband could do for the Labour Party would be to shut up.
The anti-capitalist protesters know how to pick their targets: one group was evicted from the City’s UBS building but they are conspicuously holding out at St Paul’s Cathedral. Now a group is squatting in the central London headquarters of the Scout movement.
In our pursuit of the luxury trades, many essential but less glamorous jobs have been overlooked or forgotten
He wins. Then he goes and puts a foot in it. This is one problem (there are others) that the Republicans have with Mitt Romney, their seemingly unstoppable presidential candidate. He won handily in Florida this week.
In December 1976 Paddy Ashdown put to the local party in Yeovil a plan for winning the constituency for which he had been recently selected and where the party was third at almost every election. Thirty-five and a bit years on, it still reads as a pretty good plan.
Yesterday Tim Montgomerie wrote a depressing piece on Conservative Home, reporting the views of Number 10 stating that Conservative victory in the 2015 election would be difficult if not impossible, and that a further period of Coalition with the Lib Dems might be the best outcome.
The big state is a political dead end for Labour. The public won’t vote for the belief that government is the cure for all ills.
A revealing documentary – Putin, Russia and the West – is all very well, but it should not be playing into the hands of a tyrant.
Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions were, on balance, a victory for Ed Miliband (at least relatively speaking). On executive pay, he forced the Prime Minister into a who-bashes-bankers-harder fight, which only Ed could win.
The BBC has an article today that shows the harm that the benefit cap would do to an average family on benefits.
This may be an era of economic turmoil, but people have little appetite for a radical alternative
Early last month, David Cameron spectacularly left the room on the first day of negotiations over the new “fiscal compact” treaty. Ever since, he’s been quietly trying to sneak back in. Over the course of the last month, there have been a series of low-key meetings between Mr Cameron and his European colleagues, as well as even lower-key meetings between Nick Clegg and other European leaders.