Opinion

  • Public Finance
    13 Jun 08
    MIKE THATCHER | One irony from the current torrid time faced by Gordon Brown is that the issue that was once his greatest strength – the economy – is what has laid him low.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jun 08
    DAVID WALKER | Nothing to do with me, squire. That’s the attitude of most public sector employees to the implosion of the Brown government.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jun 08
    MIKE THATCHER | It’s national volunteers’ week. Which might explain why so many politicians have been out and about, lavishing praise on the country’s Cinderella services and unsung heroines and...
  • Public Finance
    6 Jun 08
    MELISSA BENN | Gordon Brown is currently besieged with wise advice. Be bold, cut taxes. Be bold, increase taxes. Stand your ground. Give ground.
  • Public Finance
    30 May 08
    MIKE THATCHER | The trouble with U-turns is that they are rarely one-offs. Ministers who correct one ‘mistake’ inevitably find themselves swamped with demands to reverse a wide range of...
  • Public Finance
    30 May 08
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | The early impressions were positive. The first date went well and even the day trip to Crewe was surprisingly jolly. But now David Cameron is on his second date with the voters...
  • Public Finance
    23 May 08
    MIKE THATCHER | If Hazel Blears has her way, Utopia is just around the corner. Apathy will be banished, every citizen will be an active citizen and people will work together for the greater good.
  • Public Finance
    23 May 08
    DAVID LIPSEY | Gordon Brown could still be prime minister in 2011 — really. Here are a few reasons why.
  • Public Finance
    16 May 08
    MIKE THATCHER | According to the governor of the Bank of England, the nice decade is over. And doesn’t Gordon Brown know it.
  • Public Finance
    16 May 08
    PETER HETHERINGTON | ‘Humphrey,’ I said. ‘We simply have to slim down the civil service. How many people are there in this department?’
  • Public Finance
    9 May 08
    MIKE THATCHER | In the glory days of New Labour, anything seemed possible – even, dare we say it, introducing higher taxes to pay for better public services.
  • Public Finance
    9 May 08
    NIALL DICKSON | Just as the NHS celebrates its sixtieth birthday, health minister Lord Darzi will publish his long-awaited review — described at its launch by Health Secretary Alan Johnson as a ‘...
  • Public Finance
    2 May 08
    MIKE THATCHER | After nine months in office, the prime minister is ‘listening and learning’. He’s admitted to making a few mistakes, but Gordon Brown still believes he is the right person to lead...
  • Public Finance
    2 May 08
    HELEN DISNEY | As this issue of Public Finance went to press, Gordon Brown was facing the first real electoral test of his premiership, with Labour expected to take a hammering in local elections...
  • Public Finance
    25 Apr 08
    MIKE THATCHER | It used to be Tony Blair who regularly faced the worst week of his political life; now Gordon Brown is getting to know what it means.
  • Public Finance
    25 Apr 08
    PETER WILBY | Gordon Brown, in the end, did enough to buy off the backbench revolt over the abolition of the 10p tax band, which had threatened a Commons defeat and even an early exit from Number...
  • Public Finance
    18 Apr 08
    MIKE THATCHER | In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything. And timing, as we know, is not Gordon Brown’s strong suit.
  • Public Finance
    18 Apr 08
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | General practitioners are, on the whole, a conservative (with a small ‘c’) bunch.
  • Public Finance
    11 Apr 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Another day, another prophecy of economic woe. This time it was the International Monetary Fund delivering the bad news, announcing this week that it has cut its UK economic growth...
  • Public Finance
    11 Apr 08
    PETER RIDDELL | Immigration is the most sensitive issue in British politics: the hardest to handle and potentially the most explosive electorally.
  • Public Finance
    4 Apr 08
    MIKE THATCHER | If the morale of public sector workers slips any lower, it will be Prime Minister Gordon Brown who requires the flak jacket rather than Harriet Harman.
  • Public Finance
    4 Apr 08
    MELISSA BENN | The past week has been dominated by the C-words: Carla, of course — all demure, gazelle-eyed feminine silence. The credit crunch, and associated financial insecurity, continues....
  • Public Finance
    28 Mar 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Gordon Brown is a Scot who is proud to be British. He believes in British workers for British jobs and is scathing of those who threaten the Union.
  • Public Finance
    28 Mar 08
    PHILIP JOHNSTONE | Whisper it if you dare, but just over a month from now Boris Johnson could be mayor of London with the biggest personal mandate of any western European politician other than the...
  • Public Finance
    21 Mar 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Gordon Brown had plenty of time to prepare for being prime minister, but it would be hard to tell given the dearth of new ideas that has characterised his time in Number 10.

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