Matthew Hancock

Watch: Tom Watson jokes about Labour’s misery

29 February 2016 18:09

Although the Tories currently find their party divided over Europe, they can at least take heart that the opposition face greater…

Matthew Hanc**k’s election leaflets send out the wrong message

17 April 2015 12:53

Earlier this year Mr S revealed how plans for a set of campaign posters for the Conservative candidate Flick Drummond had…

The Tory MP who thinks Vince Cable is ‘obsolete’

29 September 2014 13:58

Out on the party scene, Mr S enjoyed BIS minister Matt Hancock’s description of his job to the Institute of Directors…

Why the Tories can’t really criticise Rachel Reeves on debt

22 September 2014 15:35

Rachel Reeves’ interview on BBC Daily Politics may have been excruciating at times (below), but was it really the ‘car…

After Mercer, Hancock, Miller and now Ruffley, we need a proper MPs Recall Bill

29 July 2014 10:30

There seem to have been few people who did not offer their two cents on David Ruffley. From domestic violence…

What’s the best way to prepare young people for employment?

17 June 2014 10:22

Britain’s skills crisis was addressed by the country’s leading educationalists today at The Spectator’s half-day conference, Giving Britain the skills it…

The government’s plans to embrace technology in the classroom

16 June 2014 17:24

How can technology help British students to acquire the skills they need to succeed? This is the question that Matthew…

Tories, Tories everywhere

29 May 2014 19:07

If you are a lobbyist looking to access a government minister but want to circumvent the tedious checks enforced by…

Another Tory says there’s a ‘strong case’ for raising the minimum wage

8 January 2014 13:20

This lunchtime, Treasury minister Sajid Javid said there is a ‘strong case to look at’ raising the minimum wage, joining…

Cuts or spin?

17 May 2012 13:37

Writing here on Tuesday, I made two accusations regarding the government’s deficit reduction plan. First, I said that cuts so…

A taxing problem for George Osborne

22 February 2012 11:33

Today’s FT reports that additional council tax bands are being considered as part of the Budget process. But there are…

Cameron’s quotas: a policy or a threat?

9 February 2012 15:27

We’ve heard enough about David Cameron’s woman troubles to regard anything he says about the fairer sex as a naked…

Dave’s rave

23 March 2011 14:32

Friskier than a spaniel. That’s how Cameron seemed at today’s PMQs. The Gadaffi debacle has given him a Falklands bounce…

Councils are still living it up

2 February 2011 17:32

Councils are in the dog house again, following the publication of a report claiming that £7bn is wasted through ineffective…

IFS say Labour’s policy would mean higher interest rates

2 February 2011 11:07

From the start of the financial crisis, the Conservatives have argued that when a country¹s finances are in a mess,…

Uncharitable action

2 December 2010 14:07

After CoffeeHouse raised a virtual eyebrow and a few questions about the behaviour of War on Want and the Jubilee…

Hancock strikes again

24 September 2010 13:16

Yesterday, Matthew Hancock constructed what you might call the defensive part of the government’s argument on cuts: an explanation of…

A salesman for the cuts

23 September 2010 9:04

One of the biggest problems facing the coaltion has been presentational: how to sell the cuts? In the absence of…