Poverty

Cameron’s easy ride

8 June 2011 13:15

Having u-turned on two more policies in the last two days, one would have expected David Cameron to have a…

The green consensus in action

3 June 2011 16:41

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the deleterious effects of political consensus on energy policy. A good example…

No rights without responsibility

20 May 2011 11:06

The most recent official statistics show that 5.4 million adults and 1.9 million children live in the UK’s 3.9 million…

The battle over universal benefits continues on the local front

13 April 2011 15:03

Here’s a question for you: should free school meals (FSM) be given to all pupils, regardless of their parents’ income?…

Grammar schools aren’t an answer to the social mobility problem

6 April 2011 16:16

With all the talk about social mobility, it was inevitable that those who believe grammar schools were the doorway to opportunity…

Your five-point guide to the coalition’s social mobility report

5 April 2011 15:20

The government’s new report into social mobility is, it tells us, all about “opening doors” and “breaking barriers” — but…

Miliband’s two big risks

25 March 2011 16:27

Who would have thought it? Miliband’s short speech in Nottingham today went largely unheralded, and doesn’t seem to be getting…

Brits want to give money abroad – but not necessarily via the government

1 March 2011 13:58

“A well-targeted aid budget is essential if Britain is to punch above its weight on the world stage.” That’s how…

Aid to India to be replaced with pro-growth help

14 February 2011 15:12

How to manage Britain’s aid to India? The fast-rising country has a space programme, costing nearly the same as Britain…

Clash of the wonks

9 February 2011 18:02

Last night the Southbank Centre hosted its second “Think Tank Clash”.  As last year, it was a sell out event,…

Much more than a networking event

3 February 2011 13:54

What’s the point of Davos? This is a question seldom addressed in the reports filed from the five-day “World Economic…

The pressing need to redefine poverty

25 January 2011 9:00

What is ‘poverty’? It might sound a basic question but, when we hear about x percent of people ‘living in…

Frank Field’s report highlights the coalitions within the coalition

3 December 2010 15:12

Frank Field’s review of child poverty policy covers a daunting expanse of ground. From breast-feeding to the little society (“the…

Flight’s loose tongue

25 November 2010 16:06

Has Howard Flight just done a Keith Joseph? The latter’s run for Tory leader ended when he made a speech…

Breaking dependency

7 November 2010 10:35

IDS has played the party politics of welfare reform adeptly. He has built a coalition beyond the government, convinced of…

To the victor the spoils

21 October 2010 12:03

The government must be doing something right with its aid policy: several NGOs absolutely hate it. Talking to the Guardian,…

The morning after the day before

21 October 2010 10:08

The last time the doomsayers were proved so wrong was when the Hadron Collider didn’t blow us all up. Osborne’s…

Spectator Exclusive: Britain’s welfare ghettos

9 October 2010 20:15

Today we are releasing a brand new picture of the nation’s welfare ghettos. Our research gives a disheartening insight into…

A tale of two statesmen and a wary industry

21 September 2010 11:01

The only readable part of Tony Blair’s Lawrentian romp of a memoir, is the epilogue. He explains why the state…

Field caught between reality and fantasy

11 September 2010 18:56

Frank Field’s been thinking. He will make his report on poverty next week and he hints at its contents in…