Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
It is easy to make a case for why all three main parties should do badly at the next election.
It is conventional wisdom that a party needs to be united to win an election. This bears little relationship to reality. After all the Conservative party of Margaret Thatcher was divided between wets and dries,with very different views on the economy and public spending, yet won three big victories.
Intelligence agencies must now sift through haystacks of exhibitionist citizen data to find a few dirty terrorist needles
The parties are in the grip of pessimism about their election hopes – such negativity can be self-fulfilling
To transform schools, sack bad teachers and hire great ones. It’ll transform education – and the economy
The future of Britain won’t be decided in a battlefield. It will be decided in a classroom.
There is still intense debate in Whitehall and Westminster about how to reduce the growth in public spending in 2015-16. Groups of Conservative MPs are bubbling with ideas on how to do it. The most popular ideas remain cutting Overseas aid, cancelling HS2, reducing subsidies to expensive ways of generating electricity, and cutting the overhead of government.
Despite the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, David Cameron has failed to act against Islamist terrorism
The teaching unions have spent a lot of this week getting angry about one thing or another, but one of their number, the National Association of Head Teachers, did make a good point yesterday when reacting to Ofsted’s report on bright kids.
In the latest edition of the Spectator, Toby Young studies the revolutionary tactics and moral zeal of Michael Gove. He cites the Education Secretary’s fondness for adopting the language of Communism – be it in terms of “permanent revolution” or Gramsci’s long march through the institutions – but crucially sees beyond the jokey surface of such remarks.
There’s an Islamic school in Birmingham which is very highly regarded. It’s called Darul Uloom — the same name as the school in Chislehurst which was recently the subject of an arson attack. In fact, that’s how I stumbled across it.
For the second time in a year I find myself under attack from Peter Oborne. Last June the redoubtable Telegraph columnist claimed I had been against the formation of the coalition from the start, which was wrong, and that I was trying to push the Tories to the right, which was also wrong. I was very happy to correct his misapprehensions.
These are challenging times for local councils. They are subject to significant reductions in funding from central government due to the Spending Review while still facing pressure from local residents to do the right thing and reduce council tax.
From being all over the shop in the past few months when it came to message discipline, the Tories have gone into overdrive in the last two days after the launch of the Let Britain Decide website on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill.
Our brand of capitalism has become cannibalistic. The minimum wage isn’t enough, and has become a profound drag on our economy
The West is suffering for its loss of faith. Unless we rediscover religion, our civilisation is in peril
There was plenty for David Cameron to sing about at today’s PMQs when it came to the ONS’ latest labour market figures, and sing he did.
David Cameron got the better of this bar-room brawl, but despite the involvement of the two Eds, the contest was not an Edifying one. It became all too clear from these scrappy exchanges that the Prime Minister is determined to seize every chance to kick Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor: to unEdify him, as it were.
GCSEs will feature more British history, a range of classic literature and an increased focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar as part of a major drive to “restore public confidence” in the exams system, it was announced today.
British intelligence agencies are not using information gathered by American spies to get around the UK’s anti-snooping laws, William Hague has said.
Boy, is Boris Johnson persuasive. Not for him the anodyne policy documents that anyone else in regional or central government prefers to produce. His 2020 Vision document, launched today, is brimming with the sort of wit and turn of phrase that he deploys in his speeches and broadcasts.
Plans to offer tax breaks to married couples only restigmatise single parents
More than a million children are growing up without a father and numbers are set to increase, a think tank has warned.
William Hague was dispatched into the television studios yesterday to dismiss as “nonsense” claims that GCHQ has been seeking to circumvent the law by using data gathered by foreign intelligence systems, and will make a Commons statement about the matter later today.