Opinion

  • Public Finance
    25 May 07
    PETER RIDDELL | In all the torrent of words that Gordon Brown has unleashed since launching his leadership campaign on May 11, his one specific pledge has been to introduce what he called a first...
  • Public Finance
    18 May 07
    PETER WILBY | We are about to see — or should be about to see — a dramatic generational change in British government.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | What do last week’s elections tell us about the prospects for the next general election?
  • Public Finance
    4 May 07
    HELEN DISNEY | It hardly seems a decade ago that Tony Blair stood on the steps of Number 10 while the country celebrated a fresh mood of optimism.
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 07
    MELISSA BENN | Over the past week, the two Davids — Cameron and Miliband — have been speaking about the changing role of the individual in modern society.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 07
    ALAN LEAMAN | Are the British media a barrier to the development of good public policy? In recent weeks, two influential voices have argued that it is.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 07
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | It is a striking facet of modern politics that the events that have the greatest consequence often go unheralded, while enormous attention is lavished on cosmetic exercises.
  • Public Finance
    12 Apr 07
    CIPFA will be hosting an event at its Mansell Street offices on 3 November to mark 40 years since the publication of the Layfield report into local government finance, including contributions from...
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 07
    PETER RIDDELL | The devolution settlement is about to face its severest test.
  • Public Finance
    30 Mar 07
    TONY TRAVERS | Local government finance is a paradoxical issue.
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | On March 19, I was one of a delegation from the all-party parliamentary betting and gaming group seeing Treasury minister John Healey about the taxation of online gambling.
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 07
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | Poor Patricia Hewitt. In a recent survey of just under 100 NHS chief executives, she came out as the least popular health secretary of the past decade, just pipping Frank...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 07
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Are the London Olympics shaping up to be the new Millennium Dome, only more expensive and embarrassing, and this time on a global scale?
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 07
    ALAN LEAMAN | Once again, Britons are being fêted for what we are good at.
  • Public Finance
    23 Feb 07
    PETER RIDDELL | Tony Blair is not going quietly.
  • Public Finance
    16 Feb 07
    HELEN DISNEY | Cast your mind back, if you will, to 1990 and the BSE ‘mad cow’ crisis.
  • Public Finance
    9 Feb 07
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | Government is in stasis. The Cabinet is openly defying the authority of the prime minister.
  • Public Finance
    2 Feb 07
    NICK COMFORT | As fresh horror stories well up daily from the Home Office, John Reid’s plan for his sprawling department to be split into two looks increasingly likely to go ahead.
  • Public Finance
    26 Jan 07
    ANN ROSSITER | Barring a political earthquake, Gordon Brown will be prime minister in six months’ time.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jan 07
    PETER WILBY | Thirty years ago, Enoch Powell observed that ‘all political lives… end in failure’. He might now say that they all end in derision.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jan 07
    MELISSA BENN | It’s extraordinary, really, how little one hears these days about pay, politically speaking.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jan 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | Remember Christmas? No, not last week’s (I hope you had a good one) but the ones when you were a child: an exciting pile of lumpy presents, piled round the tree, while you guessed at...
  • Public Finance
    15 Dec 06
    DAVID MEILTON | I am delighted to be taking over the job of sending out this seasonal message from my old friend Santa Claus, who has been summarily fired.
  • Public Finance
    8 Dec 06
    PETER RIDDELL | Gordon Brown’s Britain will be serious, busy and bracing.
  • Public Finance
    1 Dec 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Almost unnoticed this week, Labour broke a manifesto pledge.

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