Danny Alexander

An early Christmas present for the coalition

20 December 2011 14:24

It has only taken several months of bitter negotiation and a national strike to get here, but a deal between…

Baseline advantage

4 December 2011 13:06

One of the advantages the governing party has during an election campaign is the ability to set the baseline. It…

The importance of being earnest

4 December 2011 10:10

The absence of growth and the importance of credibility are recurring themes in this morning’s papers. John Lord Hutton has…

The Autumn Statement Makes a Tory-Lib Dem Electoral Pact More Likely

29 November 2011 23:43

Amidst the economic doom and gloom (though all the forecasts are always wrong so who knows how things will look…

If Clegg wants to reduce youth unemployment, then he’s going to have to look at regulation

12 November 2011 19:29

Nick Clegg’s interview in The Times today presages a major Lib Dem effort to try and promote policies to reduce…

Union bosses: Thanks for the concessions, but the strike’s still on

2 November 2011 14:02

The TUC have just released a statement responding to the tweaked public sector pensions package that I blogged about earlier.…

The pensions battle rages on

2 November 2011 9:15

An “enhanced offer” is how Treasury types are describing the revised pensions package that will be put before union bosses…

Shapps sharpens the Right to Buy

2 October 2011 14:01

It’s a day for growth initiatives. In addition to those described earlier, George Osborne has announced that Whitehall’s annual underspend…

The Lib Dems warn the Tories over Europe

21 September 2011 12:47

The Lib Dems have just had a brief Q&A on foreign affairs. Paddy Ashdown and defence minister Nick Harvey gave…

The strange case of the extra £5bn

21 September 2011 9:05

Strange things are happening between Whitehall and Birmingham. After the IMF downgraded its growth forecast for Britain yesterday, the BBC…

Europe looms its head to threaten the coalition and the Tories

19 September 2011 19:03

The Telegraph’s splash on Europe indicates that the issue, which proved so toxic to the last Conservative government, has risen…

Alexander distances himself from the Tory bashing

18 September 2011 18:33

Lib Dem conference delegates have just provided the press with a nice easy story, they’ve voted to set up a…

Laws and Hughes spar as Danny and Vince tease the hall

18 September 2011 9:48

The two conflicting wings of the Liberal Democrats are perhaps embodied by Simon Hughes and David Laws. Their political and…

The Lib Dems celebrate their achievements

17 September 2011 10:50

Sandals are being rattled in Birmingham this morning. The Liberal Democrat conference opens to a chorus celebrating the party’s achievements…

Cable accentuates the coalition’s differences, but not without risk

4 August 2011 11:24

The Liberal Democrats are in something of a purple patch at the moment, dominating aspects of government policy in the…

Balls has the public on his side when it comes to a VAT cut

31 July 2011 15:54

There are few more useful addendums to Danny Alexander’s comments earlier than YouGov’spoll for the Sunday Times today. It asks…

Alexander rallies behind the 50p rate

31 July 2011 13:11

Danny Alexander is usually the very model of collective responsibility: sober, unfussy and diligent, he sets about the coalition’s work…

Alexander’s balancing act

28 July 2011 9:52

Remember that merry dance between the government and the unions over public sector pensions, a few weeks ago? Expect a…

Gove steps in to keep the schools running

23 June 2011 12:04

A letter is bouncing around Whitehall, and I thought CoffeeHousers might care to see a copy. It has been penned…

Danny’s maths

17 June 2011 13:54

And so Danny Alexander has further angered unions by making it clear that “painful decisions” are needed to reform public-sector…

Alexander’s not for turning

17 June 2011 9:02

After the vacillations of recent days, the government could do with a show of hardheadedness — and Danny Alexander is…

The Coffee House A-Z of the Coalition: G-M

11 May 2011 15:49

Here are letters G to M in our alphabetical guide to the Coalition’s first year. A-F were covered here. G…

Cameron sets out the bounds of Lib Dem assertiveness

10 May 2011 11:48

Our coalition government was forged one year ago tomorrow — and we shall have more on that then. But the…

Lamb volunteers for the slaughter

10 April 2011 14:37

We’ll try to get the video later, but, for now, a transcript of Norman Lamb’s appearance on the Politics Show…

Lib Dems bringing home the bacon

23 March 2011 15:59

There are a few big Lib Dem policy wins in this Budget, most notably the rise in the personal allowance…