Unemployment

Why IDS is right raise the link between immigration and worklessness

1 July 2011 11:13

Before everyone gets too excited, Iain Duncan Smith is not saying in his speech today that immigration is a bad…

Ancient hatreds mask Stormont’s current challenge

24 June 2011 11:11

Ignore the antediluvian hatreds for a moment. As Anne Dawson says, the recent violence in East Belfast was largely inspired…

Why Belfast is ablaze

23 June 2011 10:59

I live three miles away from where the rioting was happening in East Belfast last night, and heard the helicopters…

Euro-bondage

22 June 2011 16:50

At a time when the Euro is looking so weak, it is a wonder that so many countries are still…

Ed’s not dead

15 June 2011 15:18

Crafty old Ed. After a week on death row, he was expected to arrive at PMQs and do the decent…

Osborne’s valuable weapon

13 June 2011 10:02

Paul Waugh is tweeting that Number 10 is stressing that, pace this morning’s front pages and Lord Freud’s comments yesterday,…

The welfare revolution will require much time and effort

10 June 2011 16:41

Forget Balls, today brings one of the most significant moments in the life of the coalition so far: the launch…

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…

How the coalition plans to recover

18 April 2011 11:28

This morning’s battle of the political odd couples shows the dangerous direction in which the AV referendum is going for…

At last, Grayling takes on the Ancien Regime

1 April 2011 15:16

To disguise the radical nature of reform, one need only make it boring. And here Chris Grayling has succeeded spectacularly.…

David Cameron’s dreams and nightmares are written into today’s employment figures

16 March 2011 15:48

It is almost a cliche to describe jobs figures as a “mixed picture” — and yet that’s exactly what today’s…

Curing youth unemployment

16 February 2011 18:31

Youth unemployment in the UK has hit another record. More 16 to 24-year olds are out of work than ever.…

The Tories’ secret weapon

16 February 2011 15:22

Too much time at the barbers. That’s the opposition’s problem. Ed Miliband showed up at PMQS today after a long…

Unemployment rises

16 February 2011 10:35

It was the snow wot done it. The new unemployment figures have been published and the headline figures are that…

China eclipses the Japanese economic miracle

14 February 2011 9:08

Official figures suggest that China has replaced Japan as the world’s second largest economy, after an estimated 10 percent growth…

Hardly vintage stuff from Ed and Dave

3 November 2010 13:08

Neither Ed Miliband nor David Cameron had a good PMQs. Cameron let his irritation at questions about the appointment of…

Housing benefit reform is a Good Thing

30 October 2010 10:46

Dressed with his effortless prose, Matthew Parris has a point (£) that proves why he is the leading commentator of…

More to Osborne’s plan than gambling

21 October 2010 9:03

Paul Mason’s review of the cuts for Newsnight last night (from 10:20 into the videohere) was one of the most…

Cameron’s warm-up act for Boy George

20 October 2010 14:02

Cameron was a mere warm-up man at PMQs today. With Osborne’s statement due at 12.30 the session felt like a…

Exclusive: 1.5 million jobs to be created during the ‘cuts’

20 October 2010 10:08

Almost every newspaper today leads on the chilling figure of 500,000 jobs to go. This was taken from a briefing…