Opinion

  • Public Finance
    27 Aug 09
    IAN MULHEIRN | Lord Turner's comments about a the benefits of a tax on financial transactions have generated a huge amount of interest.
  • Public Finance
    27 Aug 09
    HEATHER WAKEFIELD| What’s in a recession? More than might be necessary or wise when it comes to redundancies in councils, it seems
  • Public Finance
    21 Aug 09
    The annual publication of A-level results brings with it the agonising over declining standards. Without a good evidence base, it’s hard to ascertain whether there is any truth to the perception that...
  • Public Finance
    20 Aug 09
    PHILIP JOHNSTON| Since Aneurin Bevan established the NHS in 1948, questioning its future has been taboo. But the debate has opened up a can of worms here over US health care
  • Public Finance
    20 Aug 09
    Controversy over UK and US health services rages on, with David Cameron labelling a Conservative critic of the NHS as an ‘eccentric’ whose views are not representative of the party
  • Public Finance
    20 Aug 09
    ANDREW HARROP & ANDREA MURRAY| The Equality Bill will succeed only if there is a greater understanding of how inequalities develop in later life
  • Public Finance
    20 Aug 09
    MARK HORSFIELD| In a deep recession and with Iceland in mind, councils are playing it safe with their cash. But are they doing enough?
  • Public Finance
    20 Aug 09
    Ian Owen’s Comment piece argued that the state ‘cannot afford to fund the increasing demand for long-term care’ and ‘individuals will have to make greater provision for themselves
  • Public Finance
    20 Aug 09
    In ‘Down your way’, David Wilson and Martin Yates offered advice to councils on coping with the impending pressures on resources (August 7–20). Am I the only one to see the obvious flaw in the table...
  • Public Finance
    18 Aug 09
    THE KING'S FUND | On this side of the Atlantic we seem to be shocked that our esteemed NHS has been used so readily as a political football in the debate about health care reform in the United States...
  • Public Finance
    17 Aug 09
    CONOR RYAN | Whatever happens at the next election, schools will be subject to performance tables. Labour is proposing to grade schools according not only to their exam results, but also to their...
  • Public Finance
    14 Aug 09
    CONOR RYAN | The recent Centre for Policy Studies report makes a surprisingly weak case for the abolition of a clutch of education quangos
  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 09
    INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES | Today's unemployment statistics showed an increase of 220,000 in the three months to June 2009, using the widely watched International Labour Organisation (ILO) measure...
  • Public Finance
    11 Aug 09
    TONY TRAVERS | George Osborne has clearly aggravated Lord Mandelson. The Shadow Chancellor's Demos speech yesterday attempted to portray the Conservatives as true progressives, citing Disraeli,...
  • Public Finance
    10 Aug 09
    JODY GOLDSWORTHY| ‘The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.’ This adage might have worked for Napoleon, but it won’t cut the mustard for current day public sector leaders
  • Public Finance
    6 Aug 09
    DAVID LIPSEY| Once upon a time, the idea of Lord Mandelson rescuing the maiden Britannia made for a grim tale. But, despite his new leading role, there will still be no happy ending
  • Public Finance
    6 Aug 09
    JUDY HIRST| Old financial models never die. They just get restructured and rebranded. That seems to be the lesson from the remarkable resuscitation of the Private Finance Initiative, reported in this...
  • Public Finance
    6 Aug 09
    PAUL COOK| The government’s proposals for housing finance reform are more akin to flogging a dead horse than giving councils freedom
  • Public Finance
    6 Aug 09
    TONY MCALEAVY| Schemes to help disadvantaged people find work are under threat – but this is the very time they are most important
  • Public Finance
    5 Aug 09
    MARK HELLOWELL | What would the next Conservative government do with the Private Finance Initiative? Would they expand it or cut it, reform it or abolish it?
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 09
    CONOR RYAN | One of the more impressive aspects of Michael Gove, the shadow schools secretary whom I interviewed for this week's magazine, is his grasp of detail and willingness to talk to people...
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 09
    VIVIENNE RUSSELL| It is a truth universally acknowledged that a shadow schools secretary hungry for government must be in want of parental votes
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 09
    PETER RIDDELL| The Tories have been consulting on how to avoid the over–centralisation of the Blair/Brown years. But how do they keep government strong yet slim?
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 09
    SIMON PARKER| The benefits of Sir Gus’s quest for joined-up government are clear and other countries have shown it can be achieved
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 09
    SUSIE OWEN: The Office of Government Commerce has launched best practice guides to help public bodies keep their energy costs down

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