Opinion

  • Public Finance
    11 Jan 08
    ALAN LEAMAN | These have been a bad few months for democracy. Christmas was dominated by grim news from Kenya and Pakistan. Russia and South Africa are also causing concern.
  • Public Finance
    14 Dec 07
    DAVID MEILTON | As we plunge headlong towards 2008 with the government and politics in deep disrepute, do not despair. Gordon Brown, as so often, has the answer.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 07
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | Every morning, we hear, Gordon Brown speaks by telephone to the most important people in his government to discuss tactics. Then at 10am he speaks to them all again.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 07
    PETER RIDDELL | Paul Gray’s resignation as Revenue and Customs chair set a constitutional precedent of immense significance for anyone who works in Whitehall.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 07
    MELISSA BENN | This week, it was the turn of David Cameron and his front bench to propose radical education reforms to a media with an unquenchable thirst for mud-slinging between a weakened...
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 07
    PETER WILBY | The last time I occupied this column, election fever was at its height and Gordon Brown was expected to go to the polls within weeks.
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | Modern British politics has been about incomes. If real incomes are rising, so the conventional wisdom goes, then the government will be sitting pretty whatever else it is messing up.
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 07
    ANN ROSSITER | Is public spending going out of fashion? There is certainly a growing sense at Westminster, particularly among Conservatives, that we might have passed the high-water mark of voters...
  • Public Finance
    26 Oct 07
    HELEN DISNEY | Fat used to be just a feminist issue; these days it has become a national crusade.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 07
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | The political landscape in Britain has had more upheavals recently than an earthquake zone.
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 07
    TONY TRAVERS | The chancellor’s great autumnal pronouncement was, compared with the high drama of recent weeks, something of an also-ran.
  • Public Finance
    5 Oct 07
    PETER HETHERINGTON | People of a certain age remember when housing was the most valued political currency.
  • Public Finance
    28 Sep 07
    PETER RIDDELL | Spot the difference. The autumn conference season is when politicians from the main parties pretend to disagree with each other, but largely say the same things.
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 07
    PETER WILBY | A run on a major British bank was something I never expected to see in my lifetime.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 07
    MELISSA BENN | School’s back. Most of the nation’s pupils barely had time to cover their exercise books or learn their new timetables before Ed Balls, the dynamic young children’s, schools and...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 07
    BRENDAN BARBER | Many hard-pressed public servants are facing staged pay awards that fail to keep up with inflation.
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 07
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | There is no one simple answer to resolving the horror of gun crime.
  • Public Finance
    17 Aug 07
    TONY TRAVERS | Last month’s rail white paper revealed rather more than the government’s medium-term plans for part of the nation’s transport system.
  • Public Finance
    3 Aug 07
    ANN ROSSITER | Andy Burnham’s first speech as chief secretary to the Treasury grabbed the headlines with his promise to slash the number of government targets.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jul 07
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | The House of Commons shut up shop for the summer recess on Thursday after a momentous session that included a change of prime minister, a restructured Cabinet and the almost...
  • Public Finance
    20 Jul 07
    TONY TRAVERS | The communities and local government select committee’s report on refuse collection was a well-timed intervention into a sphere of public policy that continues to concern government.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 07
    MELISSA BENN | ‘Voters to get direct say in local spending’ was the eye-catching headline a day after the dynamic new communities secretary announced a package of measures to revive local democracy.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | Gordon Brown dares do what Tony Blair wanted to do.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 07
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | So the great clunking fist has pencilled in next spring for a dash to the polls.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 07
    ANN ROSSITER | Gordon Brown’s media people have been keen to tell us that the changeover at Number 10 will be accompanied by a new, straightforward attitude to communicating with the press.

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