By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Beginning and ending with deficit reduction – and aiming for a surplus.
The Telegraph is publishing exclusive extracts from the Ukip leader’s autobiography. Here are the top things we’ve learned
A devastating critique of world’s leading scientific organisation by one of its Fellows
Tories have taken donations worth £2.5m since last election from industry, while several of biggest donors are members of party’s Leader’s Group
The Chief Whip was speaking at the launch event of Tim Montgomerie’s Good Right project. His speech should be read and remembered.
On Tuesday I made the following speech in the House during a debate on the EU and national Parliaments. The crucial question I raised is how can our democracy flourish if the electors want changes that are illegal under EU rules? How can we claim to have a proper democracy, if on major issues like welfare, borders, migration and energy we have to accept what the EU has already decided?
Nigel Dodds sets out the party’s wish-list in the event of a hung Parliament.
The Lib Dem donor scandal and the resignation of Ibrahim Taguri show how little all Nick Clegg’s grand moral protestations were worth
For the nerds and nitpickers. One problem with writing about welfare spending is that no-one can quite agree what welfare spending is. I’ve used the DWP’s figures, which incorporate practically every benefit and tax credit you can think of, as well state pensions. Whereas the Treasury leaves out state pensions but includes public sector pensions and things called “personal social services”.
When Labour says Conservatives wish to take spending back to 1930s levels they mean as a percentage of GDP, not in real terms let alone cash terms. However, it comes across as if they think Conservatives want to cut real spending back to 1930s levels. So what are the true figures?
We are not having the big national debate about the constitution, public spending and defence and foreign policy that we need.
I read that Jeremy Clarkson had been suspended by the BBC for ‘a fracas’ with a producer. We don’t know what happened yet – but that hasn’t stopped my phone ringing with requests for interviews from Channel Four News (natch) and, yes, the BBC – the producers beside themselves with glee.
Before talking of grit and resilience, we should be challenging our children with the fundamental questions about how they live their lives
Spending on the Armed Forces may not be a vote winner – but letting it fall below 2 per cent of GDP puts the country at risk
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