Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
The NHS is being held together by “sticking plasters” that “will only last so long”, the head of the NHS Confederation has warned.
And a survey of health leaders reveals that one in five believes the financial pressures on the health service are worse than they have ever been.
An Opinium poll in The Observer tomorrow has Labour on 37%, the Conservatives on 26%, UKIP on 21%, a record high, and the Lib Dems on 6% a record low.
New campaign group, Labour for a Referendum, puts pressure on Labour leader to offer an in-out vote on Europe
A new report claims that more than half a million Britons are now reliant on food banks
Last Saturday I wrote for my newspaper a column whose drift was that it was time for the sane majority of the Conservative party to repel those elements on the Tory right who plainly wish the Prime Minister and the coalition ill, and who would never be satisfied with his stance on Europe, however much he tried to adjust it to please them.
The decision to trigger legal action against the UK for restricting access to benefits for some foreign nationals has alienated politicians across the spectrum
It was always agreed in the EU that welfare systems should be under national control.Even Labour, when giving away 138 vetoes over important policy areas, kept a red line around welfare. Decisions about how much to pay, and to whom, were to be made by national Parliaments and governments. The UK signed up to the free movement of workers, not to the free movement of benefit seekers.
Labour’s leader is weak, indecisive, lacks clarity, and has turned his party into a vacuum
Ukip has been unusually quiet in its response to the Woolwich killing last week. The only thing we’ve heard is a tactful statement on the day from Nigel Farage, slamming the incident and calling for calm. Not a peep more, and certainly no outlandish statements about tackling the ‘cancer’ of Islam. The muted response is a clear sign Ukip is working hard at its message discipline.
Daily Mail was the first paper to have yesterday’s story about the European Commission taking Britain to court over access to benefits for EU immigrants, and it is also the first to have today’s about William Hague’s plan to give national parliaments to reject Commission proposals if enough of them agree to.
Those wondering how to respond to English Defence League marches this weekend can look to the example of tea and non-confrontation we set at York mosque
Humans may not be responsible for global warming, according to Tim Yeo, the MP who oversees government policy on climate change.
Theresa May knows what it is necessary to do to fight Islamism – but her hands are tied
Iain Duncan Smith has received a special delivery: a big present, gift-wrapped in blue paper and yellow ribbon, sent direct from the EU Commission.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s strategy is all about protecting the Lib Dems’ poll ratings and his own job, says Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Boris Johnson is ‘absolutely increasingly confident’ that David Cameron will win in 2015. This was the Mayor’s attempt at responding to Andy Coulson’s suggestion that he’s desperate for the PM to fail so he can cycle in and save the party, a blond messiah.
Chancellor upbeat on target for 2015-16 spending review but ministers may face grilling in revived cabinet committee
This is the Government’s last real chance before 2015 to reshape the nature of the public sector
A health service built for an age of quick cures and brief lives needs drastic surgery
The asbestos of publicity doesn’t fan the flames of a vicious dogma into a raging inferno, it first retards them, and then inflicts a fatal malignancy
Iain Duncan Smith says the Government should spend more on defence and the police. This is the right approach
Britain’s tax system is a complicated and unfair mess – a simpler, fairer system would benefit all
With his spending review drip-feed George Osborne wants us to think the government is back in business. Don’t believe any of it
Philip Johnston weighs up the official reaction to the death of Drummer Lee Rigby and the threats posed to a free society