Transport

Fuelling the recovery

29 November 2011 16:39

Today, the government has listened. In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne scrapped the fuel tax bombshell that was scheduled for…

The government’s airport conundrum

21 November 2011 11:45

There is a growing acceptance in government that the South East needs more airport capacity. But, as today’s Times outlines,…

Cameron’s party management problems

15 October 2011 18:01

Parliamentary party management is, perhaps, the subtlest of the political arts. It is, obviously, particularly difficult in coalition. But the…

Greening’s rapid promotion

14 October 2011 18:44

David Cameron has sent the Cabinet’s safest pair of hands to the Ministry of Defence. Philip Hammond, a robust Euro-sceptic…

Hammond fills Fox’s shoes

14 October 2011 18:24

It’s official: Philip Hammond is the new Defence Secretary and it’s a wise choice. The tough work: making the cuts,…

Gearing up for the Tories

29 September 2011 18:27

Westminster is preparing for the Tory conference and Ben Brogan reports that a confident mood pervades the blue camp. The…

Coffee House, distracting civil servants since 2007

29 July 2011 12:46

A cracking, little story that we arrived at via the Daily Mail website: thanks to an FoI request put in…

A good day to bury boring news

1 July 2011 16:38

When a Labour press release landed in my inbox saying, ‘Ministers must come clean over attempt to bury bad news…

The dirty secrets of ‘no win no fee’

27 June 2011 15:59

Jack Straw’s column in the Times today (£) contains the following revelation: ‘Our records indicate that you may be entitled…

High-speed rail is an opportunity, not a waste

21 June 2011 18:03

Having spoken to civic leaders in Leeds yesterday about the impact of high-speed rail investment, I cannot recognise the world…

High-speed rail isn’t about North versus South — it’s about wasting taxpayers’ cash

21 June 2011 14:10

Yesterday the campaign for high-speed rail, endorsed by the Government, made clear the way they want to frame the debate…

Pressure at the pumps

14 June 2011 18:00

Away from the clamour in the chamber over the bowdlerisation of the NHS reforms, a group of MPs led by…

Inflation hits work incentives

13 June 2011 18:00

New inflation stats are out tomorrow and they’re expected to show further rises in CPI and RPI.  Aside from their…

The challenge of demographic change

12 May 2011 14:10

There may be a lot of debate about what the “big society” means, but there’s one thing we should all…

The economic case for HS2 explained

4 March 2011 16:05

Matthew Sinclair’s piece on high-speed rail makes two main criticisms, both of which have already been addressed in the material…

Shrinking Britain is Good. So We Need Fast Trains.

3 March 2011 16:43

I can’t decide whether Matthew Sinclair thinks High-Speed Rail too ambitious or not ambitious enough. I’m happy to share his…

The case for abandoning HS2 restated

3 March 2011 12:20

The government release a claim that HS2 will bring 40,000 new jobs. They are so desperate to let the public…

The strong business case for HS2

2 March 2011 14:04

Matthew Sinclair argues that the government’s plans for high-speed rail would not create enough jobs to justify the government spending…

The failing business case for HS2

2 March 2011 9:02

Under a week ago, when James Forsyth wrote about how the government was successfully mobilising third party groups to support…

Who’s Afraid of Fast Trains?

2 March 2011 1:48

Reading Brother Blackburn’s post on high-speed rail I was, I admit, surprised to find so many Coffee House commenters backing…