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Older generations doing their bit to stave off the credit crunch

17 January 2008 14:54

As Larry Elliot reports in today’s Guardian, a rise in the number of over-50s gaining employment has "helped Britain shrug off the impact of the credit crunch".  Recent figures from… Continue reading

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Leave those schools alone

17 January 2008 12:13

Is there anything more depressing in an age of prosperity, choice and freedom than the spectacle of an old fashioned public sector rationing system doing its bleak work? The criticisms… Continue reading


Walls closing in on Ken?

17 January 2008 11:49

The London mayoral race is entering a bitter period, with most of the invective being directed at Ken Livingstone.  Of course, we shouldn’t be too surprised when the Evening Standard,… Continue reading


Brown’s nationalisation nightmare

17 January 2008 8:49

Iain Martin’s column this morning on the political dangers to Gordon Brown of nationalising Northern Rock is essential reading. As Iain argues, the danger for Brown is that Northern Rock… Continue reading


The Director-General needs to find out how the other 90% live

16 January 2008 19:39

Calling for a sense of "perspective" and "proportionality" in coverage of British youth, the BBC’s Director-General, Mark Thompson, complained on Radio 4′s Today on Tuesday that you could get the… Continue reading


What should be asked of the independent sector?

16 January 2008 17:13

With the Charity Commission recommending that private schools should do more for the "public benefit", public school headmasters are at odds over whether or not they do enough already.  As… Continue reading


Cameron gets the better of Brown in clash over Northern Rock

16 January 2008 14:07

Great fireworks today over Northern Rock. Cameron started with sombre questions about taxpayers’ money involved – Can Brown guarantee the safe return of the taxpayers’ money given Northern Rock? Was… Continue reading


The US elections are about to turn dirty

16 January 2008 13:32

Mitt Romney’s win in the Michigan Republican primary makes this Saturday’s Republican vote in South Carolina all the more important. If John McCain wins there, he should—barring disasters—end up as… Continue reading


Brown tries to shift the blame for Britain’s economic troubles

16 January 2008 12:35

PMQs opened with perhaps the most worst planted question I have ever heard in the Commons and it’s worth a blog on its own. Robert Flello claimed his constituents “concerned… Continue reading


Labour was against presumed consent for organ donation before it was for it

16 January 2008 12:17

Mulling over the organ donations row, and the fascinating posts by Coffee Housers, I went back to the last time the Commons debated the issue properly – which was on… Continue reading


The Wiki Man

16 January 2008 11:58

Anyone who is interested in the wonderful world of Web 2.0 or simply likes great writing – or both – should read Rory Sutherland’s new technology column starting in tomorrow’s… Continue reading


Is a GOAT going to be slaughtered?

16 January 2008 11:28

Sam Coates over at the Red Box has news that suggests Lord Digby Jones has been less than forthcoming about the business interests he retains.


Roll up for Welsh questions

16 January 2008 8:59

For once, PMQs is not the main attraction on a Wednesday. The hot ticket today is Welsh Questions where Peter Hain faces the House for the first time since his… Continue reading


Correcting the narrative

15 January 2008 16:54

Ed Balls was on the World at One, taking a bow for the teachers’ pay deal. He again referred to low inflation and falling interest rates – which will not… Continue reading


Arts Council seems distinctly un-excellent…

15 January 2008 16:25

In Piccadilly Circus this lunchtime, under an apocalyptic grey sky and wearing plain white face masks to evoke the classical symbol of the dramatic trade, a ‘flashmob’ of hundreds of… Continue reading


Ken’s doing a paper round at your expense

15 January 2008 14:35

Anyone wanting proof of the contempt in which Ken Livinsgtone holds the London taxpayer need only read this item on Guido’s blog. Not content with deluging Londonders with dubious, public… Continue reading


A dose of Iraq realism

15 January 2008 12:41

The military success of the surge in Iraq now seems to be paving the way for political reconciliation and the prospects for Iraq look more hopeful than they have in… Continue reading

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Pensioned off

15 January 2008 11:12

Today at, Matthew Elliott flags up a truly shocking fact: “by 2009, each person working in the private sector will be paying more each month into the pension of… Continue reading


Our bodies do not belong to the state

15 January 2008 10:48

There are interesting pieces on the organ donation row by Libby Purves and Polly Toynbee today. Polly seethes that “rightwing commentators are sharpening their pencils for what they see as… Continue reading


Between a Rock and a hard place

15 January 2008 8:54

Rachel Sylvester has a typically eloquent and perceptive piece on the political ramifications of nationalising Northern Rock in the Telegraph today. As Sylvester points out the government has to come… Continue reading


Can McCain keep the momentum going?

15 January 2008 0:17

Today, John McCain will either take a massive stride towards winning the Republican nomination by winning the Michigan primary or a triumph for Mitt Romney will scramble the contest still… Continue reading


The British are coming?  Hopefully not…

14 January 2008 18:42

Pete Hoskin At yesterday’s low-key Golden Globes ceremony, the British film ‘Atonement’ was named the Best Dramatic Motion Picture of the year; making it the front-runner for the “Best Picture”… Continue reading


Facing down Facebook

14 January 2008 17:34

I always knew I was right not to be one of the 59 million (7 million in the UK) people who have joined Facebook, and Tom Hodgkinson’s article in today’s… Continue reading


Is it our guilt that makes us so critical of Britney?

14 January 2008 15:39

Ayleet Waldman has a sure to be controversial piece in this week’s New York Magazine arguing that the reason society is so keen to jump on bad mothers like Britney… Continue reading


Cameron meets the press

14 January 2008 13:42

About the only thing we learned at his press conference today is that David Cameron  has mastered the art of not answering awkward questions. He dodged several this morning, but in a… Continue reading