Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
It was not so long ago that openly talking about leaving the EU was enough to make people think you were quite odd. Indeed, on launching the Freedom Association’s Better Off Out campaign in 2006 I clearly remember several well-intentioned friends telling me that by doing so I was killing my campaigning career before it had started.
It is within the experience of even the humblest of MPs that those who oppose what you do will berate you with a great deal more passion than you will ever attract from those who support your plans. Any help you can give may be treated by its beneficiaries as no more than your duty; but the people on the other side will treat your unhelpfulness as a massive personal injury.
Those opposed to the current level of immigration into Britain tend to divide into two main groups. The first consists of those who believe that it reinforces a change in the character of the country for the worse: most members of this group will be relatively old and (generally) white.
You don’t have to be a socialist to be sickened at the way executive pay is, once again, spinning into the stratosphere. Did the head of Burberry really need £16 million? And the head of Nationwide £2.6 million?
The Chancellor has an indecent proposal for leftish council tenants like me
‘Is there treachery at the top of Ukip? Westminster has been buzzing with the rumour that Party treasurer Stuart Wheeler has laid money on the Conservatives to win an overall majority in 2015. Can it possibly be true?
More good economic news for the Chancellor, following last week’s labour market statistics: the UK economy grew in the most recent quarter by 0.6%.
If Labour wants a substantial critique of Osbornomics, it will need to do better than merely chant that austerity isn’t working
These are early days, and only 15 out of the country’s 81 Free Schools have both been inspected and had results published, but two thirds of these have now been judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – which itself introduced a more rigorous inspection regime last September.
Alan Johnson’s interview with Total Politics highlights one of Ed Miliband’s two big problems for 2015. One is the influence of trade unions over policy, or at least the perceived influence. The second, which Johnson expounds on, is whether it is too much to ask voters to trust Labour again when its top team contains so many familiar faces from the last government.
The Government’s “Help to Buy” scheme is almost too successful, having been taken up by nearly 7,000 first-time buyers
When a Government announcement on the EU causes Liberal Democrats to celebrate and Conservative backbenchers to complain, it is never a good sign for eurosceptics. So it is with the newly published first batch of Balance of Competences (BoC) Reviews, which assess six areas of powers split between Brussels and Westminster.
The electoral facts of life are stacked against the Conservatives, and the Prime Minister and his team know it
Ed Miliband was clear yesterday when he announced that he will run a special party conference next spring to vote through his reforms to Labour’s relationship with the unions that there would be a ‘cost’ to the party. Now we have the first indications of how great that cost might be.
The PM is not censoring the web – he is merely giving parents a chance to protect their children
His memoirs set out a tale of survival against the odds, a childhood in which one parent deserted him and the other died young, and a struggle with poverty. What do these experiences give Alan Johnson which other politicians don’t have?
David Cameron’s speech about the control of internet pornography is a more astute and temperate piece of work than one would think from the attacks made on it. A note of hysteria is detectable in the charge that the Prime Minister’s reforms would turn this country into a totalitarian state.