Pensions

In the middle of the march

30 November 2011 17:31

Walking through Parliament Square this afternoon, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether some kind of bomb threat had been made…

The unions’ pension myths

30 November 2011 16:54

This morning I debated the President of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers live on Sky News.  It was incredible…

Will the strikes exacerbate Cameron’s women problem?

30 November 2011 15:29

We’ve already heard a lot about Dave’s problem with female voters. Melanie McDonagh wrote our cover piece on it in…

A day of disruption

30 November 2011 9:08

Another testing day for the government, as we shift from the autumn statement to a national strike. It will certainly…

Maude lends the unions a hand

12 November 2011 10:51

Francis Maude presents himself as a man trying to help the unions out in today’s Financial Times. Some unions say…

Britain: a safe haven?

11 November 2011 9:00

The Bond Bubble is growing even larger over Britain, pushing 10-year yields down to 2.1 per cent. The FT splashes…

Union bosses: Thanks for the concessions, but the strike’s still on

2 November 2011 14:02

The TUC have just released a statement responding to the tweaked public sector pensions package that I blogged about earlier.…

The pensions battle rages on

2 November 2011 9:15

An “enhanced offer” is how Treasury types are describing the revised pensions package that will be put before union bosses…

A reform the Tories should shout about

1 October 2011 9:13

As of today, you can’t fire someone just for turning 65. The government has delivered its promise to scrap the…

Miliband versus the Brothers

13 September 2011 9:26

Ed Miliband is the Brothers’ man, or so the popular myth relates. Miliband has been trying to shake that perception ever…

Inflation rises yet again

16 August 2011 12:04

“Inflation destroys nations and societies as surely as invading nations do. Inflation is the parent of unemployment. It is the…

Alexander’s balancing act

28 July 2011 9:52

Remember that merry dance between the government and the unions over public sector pensions, a few weeks ago? Expect a…

Lansley’s letter pours fuel on Labour’s bonfire

25 July 2011 12:33

Just when everyone is all afroth about the murky connections between the political class and the media, a letter by…

These strikes are wrong, ad nauseam

1 July 2011 12:27

Okay, as it’s Friday, here’s footage of that weird, repetitive Ed Miliband interview that has been bouncing around the blogosphere…

It’s not just pensions, say teachers

30 June 2011 17:33

As any CoffeeHouser knows, the Spectator enthusiastically supports Michael Gove’s education reforms. But it’s always important to listen to opposing…

Breaking strikes

30 June 2011 10:45

Shortly before Michael Gove organised a strike for journalists in Dundee, I crossed a school picket line with my mum,…

The unions dip their toe into the water

30 June 2011 9:00

It’s strange to think of the biggest, national walkout for years as a prelude to something even larger — but…

The government’s soft touch on the unions may need to tighten

28 June 2011 12:14

The government is determined not to seem like the aggressor in the coming dispute with the unions. It wants to…

Strike Thursday nears

27 June 2011 23:09

After the failure of today’s meeting between union leaders and Francis Maude and Danny Alexander, Thursday’s strike now seems certain…

How will the government respond to Thursday’s strikes?

26 June 2011 10:00

Activity in Whitehall becomes more fevered as the day itself approaches. Michael Gove wants to see off the NUT with…