Poverty

The Tories Vs Scotland

8 October 2012 19:01

Interesting comments from Ruth Davidson, the chairthing of the Scottish Conservative Party, about her fellow countrymen. Only twelve per cent…

Saving the children? Another child poverty report misses the bigger picture

5 September 2012 21:06

Yesterday’s reshuffle isn’t the only story in town. Save the Children, a global charity, has today started to fundraise for…

Ignoring struggling families will be politically costly

5 September 2012 17:45

More bad news for Britain’s families: new research shows that the cost of bringing up a child is an eye-watering…

The hunger Games

12 August 2012 14:39

One million children at risk of starvation in Niger; global food inflation last year of approximately 6 per cent; political…

Troubled families policy deserves cross-party support

22 July 2012 9:30

The report published this week by Louise Casey, the Government’s ‘Troubled Families’ Tsar, has attracted a fair amount of criticism,…

A more ambitious approach to fighting poverty

14 June 2012 15:00

‘You attack poverty by knowing what you do changes the lives of those people.’ In that phrase on this morning’s…

A diplomatic racket

4 June 2012 18:45

In my Observer column on Sunday I mentioned in passing that in a crisis, elites have to be able to…

Sadly, protest music is alive and well

2 June 2012 18:00

There is plenty of nostalgia around in this Jubilee Weekend. Any look back on 60 years brings temptation to think…

IDS’s important call for ‘social value’

13 March 2012 17:37

It’s the same for celebrities and policymakers: talking about marriage gets you headlines. Hence why the newspapers have concentrated on…

Storm in an Indian teacup

5 February 2012 14:19

So, does India want the UK’s aid or not? If you believe the Indian finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, the funds…

Can Home Rule Solve Scotland’s Problems?

30 January 2012 16:10

This is not a Question To Which the Answer Must Be No. I too saw the headline Now 51% Back…

It’s poverty, not race, that ought to concern us more

6 January 2012 12:50

My Daily Telegraph column today is about how poverty is a greater problem in Britain than racism, which I describe…

Sifting through the rubble from the riots

28 November 2011 15:59

Not many folk are aware of it, but there is an official riots inquiry and it has delivered its interim…

Right to reply: The truth behind the poverty figures

11 October 2011 19:13

This morning, Fraser published a piece criticising the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ definition of poverty. Here is a counterpunch from…

The poverty of the poverty measure

11 October 2011 9:40

‘400,000 children will fall into relative poverty by 2015, says IFS’ we read on The Guardian’s front page today —…

The Winter Fuel Allowance is indefensible

6 October 2011 18:24

Freed from the shackles of elected office, Steve Norris remains an electrifying speaker. He is also refreshingly honest. So, when…

In response to CoffeeHousers

13 August 2011 9:16

CoffeeHousers have been generous in their response to my post on the need for an inquiry. I thought I’d respond…

Mitchell rejects allegation that UK aid is going to Islamists

17 July 2011 10:27

Yesterday, Andrew Mitchell was the toast of the broadcasters. They have turned on him to an extent today. The news…

IDS’ great expectations

2 July 2011 10:19

There is no rest for IDS. Yesterday he was in Madrid talking about youth unemployment and immigration and today he…

Inflation: cock-up, not conspiracy

14 June 2011 12:03

Britain has the worst inflation in Western Europe; this is today’s story. CPI is 4.5 per cent and RPI is…