Cuts

Tax cuts are what we need, not interest rate tinkering

14 July 2016 10:35

The national obsession with the Bank of England base rate is beginning to make my blood boil. If low interest…

This is not the end of ‘austerity’ – the IFS verdict on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

26 November 2015 13:45

This is not the end of ‘austerity’. A swathe of departments will see real terms cuts. On the other hand…

Exclusive: Where the next generation of MPs think the burden of cuts should fall

16 April 2015 16:16

What do the next generation of MPs think with regards to public services, government spending and taxes? Coffee House has…

The Tories aren’t planning to run a £23 billion surplus in 2019/20

7 December 2014 13:35

All the talk about the ‘colossal’ cuts to come if the Tories win re-election has been predicated on the assumption…

Newcastle Labour leader founds a big society

18 February 2013 15:27

Labour’s Nick Forbes is a great pioneer of austerity. As leader of Newcastle City Council he bravely decided to shut…

Arts cuts? What arts cuts?

28 November 2012 22:51

Luvvies have never really liked Tory governments. Poor Tracey Emin was nearly lynched by the arts crowds when she had…

It isn’t Miliband’s anti-austerity message that should worry the Tories but his pitch for small business support

20 October 2012 19:19

Ed Miliband’s speech to the anti-cuts rally today was well-pitched. The lines about how any government would have to make…

Miliband is marching to the wrong drum

26 March 2011 15:46

Ed Miliband’s decision to address today’s anti-cuts march is a strategic mistake. It makes him look like the tribune of…

Expect the unexpected

13 December 2010 20:22

Peter Kellner has an interesting comment piece up on the YouGov site about how we are in the unusual position…

Cameron, more ideological than he appears

2 October 2010 12:31

The Tory conference in Birmingham is the last big political event before the cuts come. After the 20th, every time…

Pickles axes the Audit Commission

13 August 2010 21:07

Eric Pickles’ decision to scrap the Audit Commission is further evidence that Pickles is the minister prepared to move quickest…