Opinion

  • 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.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 06
    ALAN LEAMAN | Just occasionally in politics, all is not as it seems.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 06
    PETER WILBY | About six years ago, at the end of a long dinner in Edinburgh, I discussed patriotism with Gordon Brown (this being the nearest thing to light-hearted chat that you can get with the...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 06
    JACKIE ASHLEY | I have the dubious honour of being the first journalist to be told of the current ‘respect’ initiative.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 06
    DAVID LIPSEY | Dodgy hip? Hope you didn’t tuck into the turkey too enthusiastically, else the National Health Service might not fix it for you.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 05
    DAVID MEILTON | If you still think of good old Santa as an old fuddy-duddy dressed like a lumpy pillar-box with a tatty beard, prepare yourself for a shock.
  • Public Finance
    9 Dec 05
    PETER HETHERINGTON | Here’s a seasonal teaser to throw into the annual round of Trivial Pursuit, or the other festive games that can enliven an otherwise monotonous family get-together.
  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 05
    PETER RIDDELL | Tony Blair is not the only senior politician concerned about his legacy. Gordon Brown is too.
  • Public Finance
    24 Nov 05
    PETER WILBY | I think I have begun to grasp what New Labour means by localism.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 05
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | It is Enterprise Week. Don’t tell me your heart didn’t beat just a little faster on Monday morning knowing that fact.
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 05
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | It is ‘black hole’ time again.

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