Week of June 19 – June 25

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Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.


Cameron announces Tory plan to slash benefits

Housing benefit for under-25s and benefits for lone parents under threat as PM attacks ‘culture of entitlement’

The return of the nasty party? The end of compassionate conservatism? Or the beginning of an honest approach to fighting poverty?

There are lots of potent messages from the Prime Minister’s big speech on welfare today.

Why the Coalition has proved a blessing for Labour

In June 2010 many would have said Labour was going to spend a long time in opposition. The Labour government that presided over the trip to the IMF and the recessions of the 1970s left such a legacy of distrust that Labour stayed out of government until 1997.

There is an unmet consumer demand for a lot more right-wing populism

All those who study politics have a problem. They are abnormal. I am not using that word in a pejorative sense: merely in a literal one. Real people, normal people, keep politics in its place.

PM’s welfare ideas on front pages

The prime minister’s suggestions for cutting the nation’s welfare bill feature on some of the front pages.


All over Europe, immigration is moving in from the political fringes

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, now admits that his party has failed to heed voters’ concerns about immigration

Our divided society cries out for Michael Gove’s school solutions

The return of the O-level as a driver of excellence, in state schools as much as in the private sector, is essential

Friends: The One with Sam and Dave’s Troublesome Sums

A taxing problem at No 10 in the latest episode of our Westminster sitcom

MPs have no idea how to meet the ‘carbon’ target they voted for

When readers asked their MPs to explain how the UK would cut CO2 emissions by 80 per cent, the answers made worrying reading


The View from 22 – the rise of the 2010ers

Is David Cameron’s greatest threat sitting inside his own party? In this week’s cover feature, James Forsyth examines the radical new mood that is taking shape among some of the 2010 intake of Tory MPs.

Should councils have to publish procurement card spending?

The Brentwood Gazette has been investigating some of the spending items from Essex County Council’s procurement card.


David Cameron needs to show leadership to this Britain of vulnerable jobs, pay cuts and threatened futures

Lunch with an old friend, who lives in the North. She asked me for a political assessment, and then interrupted when I started banging on about Europe.

President Barack Obama must do more than manage America’s decline

In the face of Obama’s timid foreign policy towards Russia and the Arab world, Republican challenger Mitt Romney is offering real hope


No 10’s many troubles can be traced back to George Osborne

In the coming Cabinet reshuffle, the Chancellor George Osborne should be made to choose between his two jobs

Michael Gove is the enemy of promise

With his nostalgia for O-levels, the education secretary risks recreating the ‘sheep and goats’ divide in our school system

David Cameron: no ‘bottomless pit of money’ to fund fuel duty cut

David Cameron has warned motorists seeking a 3p cut in fuel duty that the Government “does not have a bottomless pit of money”.

Nick Clegg vows to block Michael Gove’s plan to scrap GCSEs

A furious deputy PM, who was not consulted on the reforms, has made clear that he will reject the plans out of hand

Lib Dems vow to block Michael Gove’s plan to axe GCSEs

A major coalition row erupted today over Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to axe GCSEs with the Liberal Democrats vowing to block the move.


Top doctor’s chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year

NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

The wind of change will give Tories something to cheer

A government re-think on costly green energy resources is a winning statement of intent

Matthew Tinsley: Helping older workers

Few topics in British public policy attract cross-party consensus. However on extending working lives successive Governments seem to have agreed – we all need to work for longer.

A euro rescue plan — but will it be enough?

The final communiqué from the G20 summit of the leaders of the biggest economies in the world says that they will take “all necessary measures” to protect the euro area. But will they?

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