Welfare state

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…

The Spectator at war: State provision for state servants

15 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: A married man who was insured before the war may, if totally disabled, receive…

Ageing Britain needs more immigration

12 July 2012 18:30

Some generalisations hold good. Young people, for instance, tend to be less hostile to immigration than their elders. This speaks…

Nicola Sturgeon: We Must Kill Britain to Save Britain

6 March 2012 19:20

It is often said that the case for the United Kingdom needs to be made in a positive fashion. This…

IDS must stay the course on welfare reform

13 January 2012 14:35

Welfare wars are erupting again, with Iain Duncan Smith’s bill amended in the Lords and more showdowns ahead. Number 10…

What the statist left thinks of the liberal right

2 December 2010 10:41

The Tories have the evil gene – that was the subtext to Ed Miliband’s jibes about the complacency of the…

Another fine mess

28 October 2010 11:50

You know that child benefit cut for higher-rate taxpayers? Yeah, well, it may not be quite as straightforward as the…

From the archives: The birth of the NHS

22 October 2010 13:23

File this double shot from the Spectator archives in the folder marked ‘For historical interest’. Our leading article on the…

Osborne has a laid a trap

7 October 2010 18:30

One of the most intriguing questions about the decision to take child benefit away from households with a higher rate…

The Child Benefit Rumpus Cont.

5 October 2010 14:00

The case against George Osborne’s plan to eliminate Child Benefit for higher-rate taxpayers runs roughly like this: We work hard,…

Returning to the fray

4 October 2010 10:24

I am travelling to Conservative Party conference in Birmingham today and thought this would be a good time to return…

The family is the best agent of welfare

24 August 2010 18:00

Conservatives have long been strong on family. They believe that families are the glue that sticks us together, and that…

Opposing social housing reform looks like a marginal issue

8 August 2010 18:02

The Sunday Times YouGov poll (£) contains some statistics that will warm Cameron’s cockles. ‘The poll also backs the idea,…

The road to recovery

23 June 2010 13:20

This is a slow-burning budget. Not because Osborne has concealed, like Gordon Brown did, but because the reverse is true.…

Field gets to work

11 June 2010 9:07

The Times leads with the story that Frank Field, the government’s independent poverty advisor, is recommending that child benefit be…

The war on poverty opens a second front

5 June 2010 10:54

I detest the use of the word ‘Czar’. Everything has a Czar – potato regulation, multi-story car parks and Twitter…

Woolas on the rack

8 April 2010 13:53

Phil Woolas has just been confronted on Daily Politics about immigration figures which we uncovered on Coffee House yesterday, showing…

Ed Miliband’s new investment vs cuts battleground

20 March 2010 10:45

Ed Miliband certainly isn’t one for holding back, is he?  In an interview with today’s Guardian he discusses what we…

Can Labour re-engage with its core vote by attacking middle class benefits?

14 September 2009 8:59

Derek Simpson’s complaint that Labour has failed to keep in touch with its core vote and his half-threat to withdraw…