Opinion

  • Public Finance
    21 Jul 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Sir Gus O’Donnell might possess the knighthood that still goes with the job — but he is a very different animal from the previous occupants of his high office.
  • Public Finance
    14 Jul 06
    PETER RIDDELL | Tony Blair is not going quietly.
  • Public Finance
    7 Jul 06
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | For every complex problem, a wise man once said, there is always a simple solution and it is probably wrong.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jun 06
    PETER WILBY | One of the missed opportunities of my life occurred late in 1974 when the then Conservative leader, Edward Heath, announced an election for the party leadership.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jun 06
    HELEN DISNEY | Since the summer exam season is now upon us, there seems no better time to pose a few questions on the state of UK politics today.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jun 06
    PETER HETHERINGTON | Last month, in an extensive Cabinet reshuffle that had even less regard for that elusive concept of joined-up government — does anything change? — the prime minister sent the...
  • Public Finance
    9 Jun 06
    DAVID LIPSEY | The vice-presidency of the United States is famously not worth a bucket of warm spit. So what is the deputy leadership of the Labour Party worth?
  • Public Finance
    2 Jun 06
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | The danger in criticising the state of the National Health Service is to forget where it has come from.
  • Public Finance
    26 May 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Who would be home secretary? Who would want to be? Even though it is considered one of the great offices of state, alongside foreign secretary and the chancellor, it rarely...
  • Public Finance
    19 May 06
    PETER RIDDELL | Tony Blair is busy, busy. The more he is under pressure over his future as prime minister, the more determined he is to show that there is a lot more for him to do in Number 10.
  • Public Finance
    12 May 06
    PETER WILBY | The smart money, even before last year’s general election, was always on a Tory election win in 2009 or 2010.
  • Public Finance
    5 May 06
    COLIN TALBOT | ‘At the Home Office, I worked with some of the cleverest and most dedicated people I have known.’
  • Public Finance
    28 Apr 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | The winds of change will soon be blowing through the town halls of England and Wales.
  • Public Finance
    21 Apr 06
    DAVID LIPSEY | Businesspeople don’t like high taxes.
  • Public Finance
    14 Apr 06
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | The news that the UK Independence party is a magnet for - in David Cameron’s phrase - ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists’ should not come as much of a surprise.
  • Public Finance
    7 Apr 06
    HELEN DISNEY | It is often argued that there is a fundamental difference between public and private sector workers.
  • Public Finance
    31 Mar 06
    NIALL DICKSON | ‘£1bn in the red!’ ‘Thousands of NHS staff to be axed!’
  • Public Finance
    24 Mar 06
    FIONA MILLAR | Whatever happened to the Education Bill? Only a few weeks ago, it was the most challenging issue facing Prime Minister Tony Blair.
  • Public Finance
    17 Mar 06
    PETER HETHERINGTON | In the corner of England where I live, the fragile economy rests on a knife-edge.
  • Public Finance
    10 Mar 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | It is almost 20 years since Margaret Thatcher, on the morning of her third election victory in 1987, stood on the staircase of Central Office in London and said: ‘We must do...
  • Public Finance
    3 Mar 06
    PETER WILBY | When I edited the New Statesman, I was rung by a former Labour minister who wished, he said, to write an article on the future of democracy.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 06
    TONY TRAVERS | The postcode lottery has become one of the most important concerns of British public policy.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 06
    PETER RIDDELL | Every conversation with a minister, senior civil servant or special adviser now turns inevitably - and usually quickly - to the question of what type of prime minister Gordon Brown...
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 06
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | In court this week, Ann Marie Rogers was fighting her primary care trust’s refusal to fund the breast cancer drug, Herceptin.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 06
    DAVID LIPSEY | Tony Blair works on the principle that no policy is worth introducing unless it causes a Labour row.

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