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Why Fraser Nelson is wrong about a jobs ‘miracle’

16 April 2014 15:52

In his blog earlier today, Fraser Nelson argues: ‘The UK jobs miracle is happening mainly due to radical welfare reform – the type Labour ducked in office..Under Labour, record numbers… Continue reading


Analysis: what is meant by 13,000 ‘excess’ NHS deaths?

21 July 2013 17:32

When the dust settles on the Keogh report published last week  one figure is likely to linger: the “13,000 excess deaths” in the 14 NHS hospitals. It deserves careful scrutiny –… Continue reading

Two ex-Chancellors will soon be debating whether George Osborne's economic strategy has failed. We'll be running debates on Coffee House this week as a warm-up.

Why George Osborne’s ‘Plan A’ has failed – and what to do next

16 October 2012 16:15

Does George Osborne need to adopt a Plan B? This will be the topic for a Spectator debate a week on Monday. But the argument is pretty clear to everyone… Continue reading


Another voice: Against austerity

10 October 2011 17:32

Here’s the latest in our Another Voice series of posts, which give prominence to viewpoints outside the normal Coffee House fold: You can’t help but notice that the UK economy isn’t… Continue reading

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Right to reply: The impact of immigration on the labour market

1 September 2011 17:20

Yesterday, we introduced our new “Right to reply” series, where outside writers take on some of the ideas and arguments raised on Coffee House. In that case, it was the IPPR’s… Continue reading