James Purnell

Listen: Is the BBC a national treasure? With Melvyn Bragg, James Purnell and Rachel Johnson

19 November 2015 14:15

Last night Spectator Events hosted a discussion at Church House, Westminster about whether the BBC really is a national treasure. Speakers included…

The new CEO of the Arts Council has been announced – Guardianistas won’t be happy

17 December 2014 16:10

It is difficult to describe with equanimity the culture shock that has been administered to Arts Council England, the 69…

David Miliband quitting UK politics

26 March 2013 23:08

David Miliband is quitting the House of Commons to go and work for the International Rescue Committee in the United…

Byrne offers ‘something for something’ — but what does it mean?

3 January 2012 11:32

What’s this? Seems like Liam Byrne has emerged from his policy review with an idea. He calls it, in an…

Assessing the sick

19 November 2011 11:18

Should GPs determine whether people on long-term sick leave are too ill to work? Perhaps not, according to the draft…

Universally speaking

27 July 2011 14:28

As Paul Waugh notes, James Purnell’s article for the Times today (£) is striking for its attack on universal benefits.…

Miliband borrows from the Cameroons for his most substantial speech so far

13 June 2011 14:47

Thematically speaking, there wasn’t too much in Ed Miliband’s speech that we haven’t heard before. The middle is still squeezed,…

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…

The ghost of David Miliband hovers over Ed’s election results

5 May 2011 14:22

While the focus remains fixed on the dramas of Coalitionville, it’s worth remembering that today’s votes are meaningful for Ed…

Purnell stakes out a new welfare battleground

30 April 2011 15:34

I said a few days ago that the spirit of James Purnell lingers over the welfare debate in Britain. Well,…

Righting the wrong of sickness benefits

28 April 2011 9:29

He may no longer be an MP, but the spirit of James Purnell lingers on. It was, after all, the…

The new welfare consensus

9 November 2010 14:18

The New Statesman’s George Eaton has already homed in on the key passage from James Purnell’s article in the Times…

Boles: the coalition is David Miliband’s natural home

13 October 2010 18:02

Nick Boles is fast becoming ubiquitous. He wrote an article for this morning’sGuardian, urging Labour’s wounded Blairites to join the…

Cruddas backs David Miliband for middle Britain

25 August 2010 18:10

The rumours were true: Jon Cruddas has backed David Miliband. It’s an unlikely union on the face of it –…

Osborne turns his attention to welfare

28 June 2010 9:14

George Osborne suggested as much in his Today interview last week, but now we know for sure: the government will…

The Labour leadership battle: tribalism vs anti-tribalism

17 May 2010 16:52

While we’re on the subject of the Labour leadership, it’s worth reading James Purnell’s articlein the Times today.  I know,…

The Labour Party Must Look to the Next Generation Now

5 May 2010 23:21

I have just watched the last images of the election campaign on the Ten O’Clock News on the BBC. David…

The Tories’ Unite strategy is paying unimagined dividends

17 March 2010 10:38

The Tories Unite strategy has been so effective, even Peter Mandelson is peddling it. Led by Mandelson, Labour’s isolated right…

David Miliband would set the people free

23 February 2010 18:12

What is it about the Blairite passion for abstract nouns? I ask, not out of facetiousness, but because I want…

Purnell leaves parliament but not politics

19 February 2010 11:27

The news that James Purnell is to stand down is a shock. It is clear that Purnell was disenchanted with…