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Iain Duncan Smith

Pre-Freudian slip

7 October 2009 15:02

Theresa May is chairing a discussion with a set of Conservative PPCs on ‘job clubs’, as part of this afternoon’s focus on welfare reform.  She kicks off asking one of… Continue reading

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Tory welfare plan is welcome but does not go far enough

5 October 2009 17:38

The Tories new welfare plan is, it seems, their old welfare plan – with a more ambitious timeline. It’s to be welcomed, but this is not the step change that… Continue reading

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The need to go further and faster on Welfare reform

5 October 2009 10:37

I’m on my way to the home city of the best football club in the world (and one of the worst) shortly.  In the meantime, it’s worth flagging up this… Continue reading

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Clegg: Are you one of the millions who turned to new Labour in 1997?

17 September 2009 9:01

Nick Clegg joins the ‘progressive’ debate with a double of salvo in The Times and in a pamphlet, titled ‘The liberal moment’, published by Demos. The philosophically anachronistic Labour party… Continue reading

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A report that should influence welfare reform for years to come

16 September 2009 14:32

Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice has released a very important report today, and one which should influence the welfare debate for years to come.  At around 350 pages,… Continue reading

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Why I remain unconvinced about the Tories’ tax break for married couples

15 July 2009 12:46

Ok, Fraser – I’m not going to let this tax ‘n’ marriage debate rumble on interminably, but I do want the final word!  First, I appreciate your response – it… Continue reading

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Why marriage should be recognised in the tax system

15 July 2009 10:57

Cameron has been fairly bold in entering the debate on marriage, because we don’t like do that debate in Britain. Not really – it’s private, and we Brits don’t like… Continue reading

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Love and marriage?

15 July 2009 9:06

Ok, I must admit I’m quite wary of Tory plans to encourage marriage via a £20-a-week tax break for married couples.  Not because I don’t think marriage is a positive… Continue reading

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