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Could making Whitehall smaller, better, faster, stronger save £70 billion?

2 September 2013 18:10

The government could save £70 billion from the Whitehall spending bill by moving into a new digitised age. That’s the gist of a new report from Policy Exchange, detailing the… Continue reading

Boris Johnson at yesterday's Paralympic Marathon. The Mayor is gathering evidence for his own submission to the Davies commission on airport capacity. Picture: Getty

Boris and the gipsies of Belgium

10 July 2013 18:08

It’s the peak of the summer party season. Half a dozen events competed for the Westminster crowd last night. The bookies at Ladbrokes made themselves outsiders by holding their booze-up on a… Continue reading


Could a digital and more transparent NHS prevent another Mid Staffs scandal?

26 March 2013 19:28

Digital politics is all the rage. Take what Rachel Sylvester described in today’s Times as ‘digital Bennism’ — an online movement that is becoming increasingly influential to the Labour party’s… Continue reading

The 'Get Carter' car park is demolished in Gateshead: but will the regeneration provide a long term future? Photo: Craig Allan/Flickr

Austerity hits home in the North East of England

28 December 2012 14:07

Have you personally suffered from George Osborne’s spending cuts? Your answer depends largely on where you live. I’ve witnessed both over the past few days. This Christmas, I’m enjoying my first prolonged… Continue reading

Has Westminster forgotten our friends in the north?

The View from 22 — Broken Britain, Osborne on the up and Spectator says no to a state-licensed press

29 November 2012 13:05

Has national politics in Britain given up on the North of England? In this week’s cover feature, director of Policy Exchange Neil O’Brien argues that very little is being currently done… Continue reading

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The View from 22 – Barack Obama’s hollow victory and remodernising the Tories

8 November 2012 9:46

Is there something underwhelming about Obama’s reelection? In this week’s cover feature, John O’Sullivan discusses impact of changing demographics of the America electorate and the challenges this poses for the… Continue reading

Owen Paterson: no to wind farm subsidies. Photo: Getty Images.

Conservative conference: Owen Paterson says yes to shale gas and no to wind farms subsidies

10 October 2012 3:57

‘We will only improve the environment if we improve the economy.’ Owen Paterson demonstrated the government’s new environmental mantra at a Policy Exchange fringe event this evening, discussing how we… Continue reading

What factors influence these pupils to gain far better GCSEs? Photo: PA.

What influences GCSE grades?

23 August 2012 13:01

For the first time in the history of GCSE exams, this year’s results have seen a decline in grades. Today, the Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents exam boards, announced… Continue reading

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The Whitehall monster would kill any data revolution

3 July 2012 16:00

Could the government save £33 billion a year through better use of data? That’s the claim of a new report from Policy Exchange, which highlights how the government has failed… Continue reading


ASBOs weren’t much cop, but what about their replacement?

22 May 2012 15:39

Brace yourselves for a new crime wave sweeping across the country — the government is doing away with ASBOs. Or, rather, don’t. The truth about ASBOs is that they were… Continue reading


Friends in north?

12 May 2012 16:42

For the Tories to have any hope of winning a majority, they have to face up to reclaiming seats in the North, but can they do so under Cameron? David Skelton… Continue reading


Tricolour Britain

30 April 2012 19:02

With unionists getting grubbed in Scotland and Labour being driven to near-extinction in vast swathes of the south, a new map of political Britain is emerging. In my latest Telegraph column,… Continue reading


The questions Alex Salmond can’t answer

15 March 2012 10:40

Should Scotland be independent? I’d have thought that only a few people — most of them Scottish — would care enough about the question to come to a debate hosted by… Continue reading


Cameron’s Human Rights quandry

12 March 2012 18:03

The combination of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights is, I predict, going to give David Cameron an increasing number of headaches in… Continue reading


May’s quiet revolution

3 March 2012 16:55

Do you remember the great parliamentary battle over privatisation of police services? Me neither, which is why Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is proving a better minister than Andrew Lansley,… Continue reading


Detoxifying profit in education

23 February 2012 18:19

Profit and education are still two words that should only be put together with caution. The coalition has long-accepted this is a toxic area, as typified by Nick Clegg in September… Continue reading


Murphy launches Labour’s defence review

22 February 2012 14:25

Remember when Jim Murphy spoke about defence cuts last month? It was not only a smart refinement of Labour’s fiscal position, but also a preview for the defence review that… Continue reading


Trigger happy policy

30 January 2012 17:29

There have been signs recently that ministers are slipping back into the policy-by-headline mindset that defined the last Labour government. We’re seeing the sorts of policies that lack evidence, are launched… Continue reading


Obsorne’s banking reforms are only the start of a solution

19 December 2011 18:30

‘The most far-reaching reforms of British banking in modern history.’ That’s how George Osborne called it in Parliament this afternoon, in a statement that contained few surprises. What the government’s… Continue reading


Labour’s late to the policemens’ ball

6 December 2011 16:38

Labour has today unveiled a panel of experts to consider the future of British policing.  The review, chaired by the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens, will report by spring… Continue reading


Clarke is right to focus on reoffenders

6 September 2011 19:53

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke – who was away during the disturbances last month – has signalled his return with an uncharacteristically tough piece in today’s Guardian. The reference to… Continue reading


How to get from Plan A to Plan A+

25 July 2011 18:45

Terrible events in Norway and the ongoing phone hacking scandal have kept the economy out of the media in the last couple of weeks. Coverage of the latest bail-out of… Continue reading


Policing the local and the national

8 June 2011 13:34

Today’s announcement on a proposed new National Crime Agency (NCA) is a key element in the government’s ambitious police reform agenda.  Recent political attention has focused on changes to police… Continue reading


Vince Cable dances with the unions

6 June 2011 16:50

The Business Secretary’s words to the GMB union today about the government’s reluctance to reform Britain’s antiquated trade unions laws could hardly have been more modest. He called for a… Continue reading


Moving towards more efficient public sector pay

3 June 2011 10:57

Data issued yesterday by the Incomes Data Services indicated that average pay settlements over the first quarter of 2011 in the public sector were close to 0 per cent. However,… Continue reading