Week of June 26 – July 2

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


‘Nightmare’ plans for 6-month paternity leave to be rewritten after opposition from businesses

Ministers have been forced to rethink plans to allow parents to share leave after the birth of a child following opposition from business and campaigners.

The graduates of 2012 will survive only in the cracks of our economy

Uniquely, this cohort can expect to grow up poorer than their parents – the human expression of a broken economic model

The PM has to be ready to renegotiate on Europe

Telegraph View: It is possible that Britain’s relationship with Europe will be changed without any significant transfer of sovereignty

If passed, this Lords reform bill would be a catastrophe

A reformed Lords could be a magnificent thing. But this mess of a bill will pile a constitutional crisis on to an economic one


The centre has moved Right, not Prime Minister David Cameron

The Conservatives are not ‘lurching’ to the Right but struggling to keep up with the people’s change of mood

Why do our politicians insist on being abused – and why do we insist on abusing them?

No wonder that great political satirist Armando Iannucci has gone to the US. British politics is now beyond parody

It’s the 21st century – why are we working so much?

The right calls for hard work, the left for more jobs. The dream of mechanisation leading to shorter working hours seems forgotten


Mr Cameron asks good questions on welfare reform

Mr Cameron’s speech this week on welfare reform was a thoughful and important contribution to the debate about the future direction of welfare policy.

Osborne’s Barclays statement targets Labour

The chancellor’s statement on banking malpractice condemns the previous government

The Barclays scandal is not ‘wholly inappropriate’. It’s a crime

If the authorities were consistent, they would punish the banks just as severely as they reacted to last year’s rioters

Ideas to boost innovation

From Peel to Thatcher, the concepts of science and innovation have been integral to Conservative attitudes. Indeed, as a respected research scientist, Margaret Thatcher was the embodiment of science in office.


It’s time to say something nice about Ken Clarke (and again about Francis Maude)

ConHome is not Ken Clarke’s biggest fan and he doesn’t love this “blasted website” much either… We disagree on Europe, human rights reforms, the desirability of an elected Upper House and many other things that have been well rehearsed and are subjects for another day.

U-turns make even David Cameron wonder what this Government is for

As the U-turns mount and key staff flee, the sense of mission is draining away in Downing Street

Britain needs a 4th generation industrial policy

Vicky Pryce says the government must build a strategy to increase productivity across the whole of the economy

Is Robert Halfon MP David Cameron’s passport to Essex Man? (II)

In paying tribute to Robert Halfon MP I should first declare an interest. He’s been a very good friend for more than twenty years. He was the very first person I met at Exeter University when we were both undergraduates there.

The questionable culture generated by the Barclays CEO is hardly unique. Other banks in turn will be exposed


Lord Ashcroft’s Tory Right is stopping the Coalition working

The Government’s early idealism has vanished due to Lord Ashcroft’s media pressure

The West applauds Egypt. But it must now reinforce the idea that democracy is a way of thinking, not just of voting

The way to put more money back into people’s pockets is to cut costs – tax cuts

Lords reform: a Bill in whose interests?

The publication today of the Government’s plans for House of Lords reform threatens to trigger new instability in the Coalition.

I had the pleasure of hosting Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for a major speech on welfare reform earlier today at The Heritage Foundation on Capitol Hill.


Winks and nudges are no way to run a European policy

David Cameron’s game of tease over an EU referendum has left his party badly divided

Heads will roll if Team Cam doesn’t sell austerity

If the coalition doesn’t sell the austerity package, David Cameron could face a cold dawn come 2015, says Andrew Hawkins

Ed Balls gets a thumps up from The Sun for backing cut in petrol duty

The Sun’s signature campaign in recent weeks has been the campaign that has also been spearheaded by Tory MP for Harlow – Rob Halfon – lower fuel duty and, in particular, a call to cancel or at least postpone the 3p increase in fuel duty that is scheduled for August.

Lords reform gives Ed Miliband a glorious chance to make mischief

Will the Labour Party leader’s game plan be driven by high principles or the usual low politics?


House of Lords reform: Nick Clegg’s crazy plan is a pay day for has-beens and never-wozzers

Lib Dem proposals for elected ‘senators’ will give the Upper House the upper hand, sighs Boris Johnson.

Building a Conservative Majority (19): A researched campaign against Ed Miliband’s politics

Every voter complains that they hate negative campaigning but every political party engages in it. Are these parties stupid? Are they flying blind? Or do they understand us better than we know ourselves? I fear the answer to the third question is ‘yes’.

How to improve schools the American way

It all starts with improving the quality of teachers – and putting pupils first

It’s only fair that older people are better off than the young. They’ve earned it

What message would it send to the young if we punished pensioners for their years of saving and hard work?

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