Opinion

  • Public Finance
    18 Jul 08
    MIKE THATCHER | It used to be glamorous foreign trips to estates and villas owned by the likes of Cliff Richard, Robin Gibb and Silvio Berlusconi. Now it’s a domestic break sampling the delights of...
  • Public Finance
    18 Jul 08
    MELISSA BENN | For those with any remaining doubts about Barack Obama‘s formidable personal appeal, I direct them to the YouTube clip ’Barack Obama on Ellen’
  • Public Finance
    11 Jul 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Power to the people has long been a rallying cry for politicians both radical and conservative. The latest to embrace this somewhat vague concept is our own communities secretary,...
  • Public Finance
    11 Jul 08
    PETER RIDDELL | The Conservatives are starting to prepare for government. There are close parallels with New Labour’s position in the mid-1990s: a largely inexperienced team, after a long period in...
  • Public Finance
    4 Jul 08
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | It has long been a source of frustration for politicians that if you ask a member of the public what they think of the National Health Service they will grumble and moan and...
  • Public Finance
    3 Jul 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Like buses, NHS reforms tend to come in fits and starts. We haven’t had any for a while, but this week – to coincide with the NHS birthday bash – three came along at once.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jun 08
    MIKE THATCHER | What do ministers think local government is really for? As delegates gather in Bournemouth for the Local Government Association’s annual conference next week, they might well ask...
  • Public Finance
    27 Jun 08
    JACKIE ASHLEY | In an ideal world, what are the three words that should apply to local government? Well, ‘trusted’, ‘accountable’ and ‘popular’ wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jun 08
    MIKE THATCHER | If anyone had doubts about where local government stands in the pecking order, it was made clear in no uncertain terms this week.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jun 08
    PHILIP JOHNSTONE | How often have we read stories over the past ten years or so that promised populist measures in the field of criminal justice, garnered a few favourable headlines for their...
  • 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.

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