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Iain Duncan Smith

Any questions for IDS?

2 October 2011 15:54

At 6pm this evening, I’m interviewing Iain Duncan Smith at a Conservative Party conference fringe meeting. He is fighting a war on at least three fronts: the welfare-to-work programme, the… Continue reading

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Tories pray for no more from Europe

30 September 2011 11:46

Tory strategists had hoped to keep Europe off the agenda at this year’s party conference, but they seem to have failed already. The European Commission’s threat about welfare claims has forced… Continue reading

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Miliband woos the strivers

26 September 2011 22:39

Finally, a good idea from the Labour conference. In his speech tomorrow, Ed Miliband will say he’d give workers priority over the jobless for social housing. This is the dividing… Continue reading

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Welfare worries

26 September 2011 9:41

Away from Liverpool, the big stories of the day are the markets’ reaction to the putative Eurozone deal, which has been mixed so far, and the Telegraph’s splash about the… Continue reading

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What Clegg failed to mention

21 September 2011 17:03

Nick Clegg’s speech will be remembered for its visceral attack on Labour. But it was remarkable for other reasons, notably for what he neglected to say. Clegg said next to… Continue reading

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Pickles to take charge of dealing with Britain’s 120,000 "problem families"

8 September 2011 14:40

I understand that following a meeting in Downing Street this morning, Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, has been put in charge of dealing with Britain’s 120,000 "problem… Continue reading

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The breakdown of Clegg’s Cabinet alliances

5 September 2011 16:41

There used to be a time when some of the most important relationships in the government were between Tory reformers and Nick Clegg. The Lib Dem leader, to his credit,… Continue reading

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Right to reply: Why do so many "new jobs" go to foreigners?

31 August 2011 9:26

On Monday, we published a post on George Osborne’s "jobless recovery" — the point being that 90 per cent of the recent rise in employment can be accounted for by… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Osborne’s jobless recovery

29 August 2011 16:11

George Osborne was right to boast in the Commons that Britain has the “second highest rate of net job creation in the G7”. Coffee House recently pointed out that all of the… Continue reading

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New immigration figures

25 August 2011 10:46

The Conservative wing of this government is on a quest to reduce net migration to, in the words of David Cameron, the “tens of thousands from the hundreds of thousands”. Liberal… Continue reading

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Human rights wrangle

21 August 2011 14:44

A set-to has broken out this morning over the Human Rights Act. David Cameron has declared that he is going to fight the Human Rights Act and its interpretation. Cameron… Continue reading

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Blair on the riots

21 August 2011 10:56

Tony Blair has dropped in to write an article on the social context to the recent riots. It’s insightful, especially as a testament of his failings in government. At the… Continue reading

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Full-length interview with IDS

17 August 2011 16:29

I have interviewed Iain Duncan Smith for tomorrow’s Spectator. In print, space is always tight and we kept it to 1,500 words. One of the beauties of online is that… Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: IDS on British jobs

17 August 2011 13:00

Last week, George Osborne boasted that Britain has the second-fastest job creation in the G7. In tomorrow’s Spectator, we disclose official figures showing that 154 per cent of the employment increase can… Continue reading

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IDS and the renewal of society

15 August 2011 17:15

Iain Duncan Smith has made two notable media appearances today and his comments will reveal how the government’s plan to fight gangs and lawlessness will unfold. He has just told Sky News… Continue reading

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“Zero tolerance”

14 August 2011 18:00

The law and order debate has come full circle: the coalition is going to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. David Cameron’s promise that crime… Continue reading

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The scale of IDS’ task

11 August 2011 18:04

This afternoon’s parliamentary debate touched on the sociological issues that may have inspired the recent looting. Naturally, there are plenty of competing views on the subject, but I bring your… Continue reading

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Cooper takes on the coalition from the right

3 July 2011 12:48

What an intriguing interview Yvette Cooper gave to Sky’s Dermot Murnaghan show this morning — and not just because she was standing, ruffled and incongruous, in a field somewhere. I… Continue reading

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IDS’ great expectations

2 July 2011 10:19

There is no rest for IDS. Yesterday he was in Madrid talking about youth unemployment and immigration and today he turns his attention to child poverty. Of all life’s accidents,… Continue reading

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Why IDS is right raise the link between immigration and worklessness

1 July 2011 11:13

Before everyone gets too excited, Iain Duncan Smith is not saying in his speech today that immigration is a bad thing in itself. But he is saying that it has… Continue reading

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Immigration is so much more than an electoral issue

25 June 2011 18:04

Further to Daniel’s piece about declining immigration in Europe, it is worth highlighting this passage from Iain Martin’s column in the Mail: ‘But once in Downing Street, Cameron was confronted… Continue reading

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Osborne’s valuable weapon

13 June 2011 10:02

Paul Waugh is tweeting that Number 10 is stressing that, pace this morning’s front pages and Lord Freud’s comments yesterday, the benefit cap remains. This is not surprising: the benefit… Continue reading

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The welfare revolution will require much time and effort

10 June 2011 16:41

Forget Balls, today brings one of the most significant moments in the life of the coalition so far: the launch of its Work Programme. The name may be commonplace but,… Continue reading

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How the coalition hopes to fix Britain’s economic dysfunction

10 June 2011 16:01

The largest welfare-to-work programme on the planet is launched today by Chris Grayling and Iain Duncan Smith. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that the future of this… Continue reading

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Who is the coalition’s tough guy?

10 June 2011 13:54

Next week the Prime Minister will make his much-awaited law-and-order speech. This should, under normal circumstances, be the third or fourth such speech by a Tory leader who’s been in… Continue reading

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