Opinion

  • Public Finance
    7 Oct 05
    PETER RIDDELL | Tighten your belts. Anyone working in the public sector should realise that the days of plenty — well, at least, not of starvation — are going to end in a couple of years.
  • Public Finance
    30 Sep 05
    ALAN LEAMAN | Three weeks by the seaside with Britain’s politicians is enough to convince any dispassionate observer that our political parties are all in a sorry state.
  • Public Finance
    23 Sep 05
    PETER WILBY | To my surprise, I felt a pang of sympathy for President George Bush over Hurricane Katrina.
  • Public Finance
    16 Sep 05
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | Some time soon, Gordon Brown will start meeting with trade union leaders to secure their support for his leadership bid.
  • Public Finance
    9 Sep 05
    JACKIE ASHLEY | Forget the Tory leadership race. It might be a gripping human drama, but what the Conservative Party really needs is a Big Idea.
  • Public Finance
    2 Sep 05
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | The August silly season that follows a general election is often sillier than most, since newspapers’ appetite for reheated government policy announcements has been more than...
  • Public Finance
    19 Aug 05
    PETER WILBY | Most coverage of the British Airways ‘wildcat strike’ concentrated on the plight of delayed holidaymakers and the anger of catering workers at Gate Gourmet whose dispute led to the...
  • Public Finance
    5 Aug 05
    ANN ROSSITER | The big shake-up in primary care announced by the Department of Health last week is designed to be a further step towards a patient-led NHS.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jul 05
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | Stockwell, in south London, is the sort of neighbourhood that most people drive through to get somewhere more exciting.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jul 05
    PETER RIDDELL | The government’s domestic agenda has largely been on hold since the general election.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jul 05
    TONY GRAYLING | Stephen Byers deserves praise not censure.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jul 05
    HELEN DISNEY | It might have been overshadowed by the fuss surrounding Live 8 and the G8 summit, but another event last Friday was just as politically significant to the UK.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jul 05
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | So you don’t know how much the government’s plans for a national identity card will cost in the end.
  • Public Finance
    24 Jun 05
    MELISSA BENN | Few commented on the coincidence of timing.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jun 05
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Rarely has a piece of legislation generated so much debate, inspired such anxiety and raised so many concerns before it has been fully implemented than the Licensing Act 2003.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 05
    TONY TRAVERS | Public services will never return to the ‘good old days’ that many traditional Labourites still, nostalgically, hope for.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 05
    PETER HETHERINGTON | A month after the election, you might have expected that the blurred policy picture
  • Public Finance
    27 May 05
    PETER WILBY | Whenever I hear ministers talking about ‘the new localism’ and the importance of devolving power, I am reminded of St Augustine’s prayer: ‘Oh, Lord, make me good, but not just yet.’
  • Public Finance
    20 May 05
    NIALL DICKSON | New Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has inherited an improving NHS in England.
  • Public Finance
    13 May 05
    PETER RIDDELL | The clock is now ticking on Tony Blair’s tenure at Number 10
  • Public Finance
    6 May 05
    ALAN LEAMAN | The civil service is always busy during an election campaign — 2005 has been no different.
  • Public Finance
    29 Apr 05
    PHIL COLLINS | This general election campaign gets curiouser and curiouser. It is not, as the Sun> says, dull.
  • Public Finance
    22 Apr 05
    IAN MACWHIRTER | It might be too early to call this election, but this has surely been the pivotal week in the campaign.
  • 4 Jun 04
    From time to time, evidence of invisible people and invisible jobs appear on the government’s radar screen: when the Census didn’t make sense, when cockle- pickers died in Morecambe Bay....

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