Government

A threadbare Queen’s Speech isn’t such a bad thing

23 June 2017 14:00

Can you remember what was in this week’s Queen’s Speech? Boris Johnson couldn’t on the day it was unveiled, making…

Political tinkering has turned pensions into a quagmire

6 June 2017 11:50

It is not usually feasible to put the great and good of the financial services industry together in a room…

Government rows back on plans to raise probate fees

21 April 2017 12:02

‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ This famous quote, attributed to Benjamin…

NS&I’s 2.2 per cent bond is the best of a bad bunch

13 April 2017 10:36

The government has made good on its Autumn Statement pledge to introduce a new ‘market-leading’ bond through National Savings &…

Crackdown on rogue landlords comes into force

7 April 2017 10:49

If you’ve ever rented a property, chances are you’ve a horror story or two up your sleeve. I remember the…

Making sense of the housing white paper

14 February 2017 12:41

Young people, their faces pressed against an estate agent’s window, gaze at all the lovely homes they’ll never, ever be…

We no longer have a pensions system, just a mess caused by the Treasury

10 January 2017 11:52

Back in the 1980s, when I was embarking on a lifetime of sweat, toil and tears in order to bring home…

VAT: a back door money spinner that generates billions for the government

13 December 2016 11:23

If conspiracy theorists turned their attention to the economy rather than, I don’t know, aliens or Hillary Clinton, surely it…

Chris Grayling gets off to a bad start with Southern commuters

8 August 2016 9:00

Oh dear. Less than a month into his tenure as transport secretary, and Chris Grayling already has a crisis on…

Lily Cole’s £200,000 government grant fails to pay off

14 July 2016 14:24

What will be David Cameron’s legacy? The former Prime Minister is keen to be remembered for his social justice reform,…

Camila Batmanghelidjh comes to the government’s aid

16 November 2015 12:47

Since Mr S’s colleague Miles Goslett blew the whistle on Kids Company – and its founder Camila Batmanghelidjh — in…

Tony Blair takes a dig at chillaxing Cameron

11 June 2015 12:17

Tony Blair popped into King’s College London this morning to discuss ‘how to run a government’ with his former adviser…

Numbers, not arguments about legitimacy, will decide who enters No.10 after May 7

28 April 2015 15:42

Lyndon Johnson’s first lesson of politics was to be able to count. It’s something that many of those commenting on…

Why George Osborne wants to be the new Tarzan

9 March 2015 17:37

There is a subtle ideological shift going on in the Tory party. At the top of the party, there is…

A marijuana shop in Los Angeles. MPs today recommended that the government should consider decriminalising some drugs. Picture: Getty

Drugs Live drama: Channel 4 vs Home Office

19 February 2015 8:05

So far Channel 4’s Drugs Live series has examined the effects of ecstasy while next month’s installment will look into cannabis use. However, for…

The Enigma Gove?

5 February 2015 18:30

Chief Whip Michael Gove has given his first keynote speech since being politically assassinated last summer. Plucked from the frontline…

If government doesn’t work, whose fault is it?

9 September 2014 10:00

The apparently eternal battle between politicians and bureaucrats for control of the government machine has been better for TV comedy…

Curious lack of support for Miller in Cabinet

8 April 2014 13:53

Senior 1922 Committee members are quite surprised by the suggestion that tomorrow’s end-of-term meeting with the Prime Minister represents the…

The German Greens might do so badly they end up getting in

20 September 2013 10:27

The German Green Party is having a torrid time. In an election campaign remarkable for static polls, come what may, the…

Jeremy Heywood, just call him very influential

7 December 2012 19:43

The main topic of conversation in Whitehall today has been The Guardian’s profile of the Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood.…

The Conservative party has an empathy problem. Does it care about that? It should. - Spectator Blogs

3 September 2012 23:37

For people in the communication business politicians have an uncanny ability to confuse even their better intentions by resorting to…

Who funds think tanks?

21 June 2012 16:00

I was very interested to see the launch of the Who Funds You? website today. This is an intriguing new…

The problem with government

21 June 2012 12:30

David Frum offers a useful caution politicians might heed. Amidst the stupidity and vanity of politics it’s occasionally worth remembering…

Hodge’s new nemesis: Sir Jeremy Heywood

15 March 2012 16:33

Margaret Hodge subjected senior civil servants to a fierce ear-boxing this morning. She accused them of trying to avoid the…

Size Matters: Dysfunctional Government Edition

8 February 2012 18:57

Via Andrew, Francis Fukuyama has a new gig at Stanford University running a Governance Project. Introducing it, he lobs a…