Opinion

  • Public Finance
    13 Oct 06
    DAVID LIPSEY | Parliament returned this week. So who gives a stuff?
  • Public Finance
    6 Oct 06
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | It’s extraordinary — apparently there is a whole world out there that feels it doesn’t know enough about the Conservative Party policy on fish.
  • Public Finance
    29 Sep 06
    PETER RIDDELL | The green moment might at last have arrived.
  • Public Finance
    22 Sep 06
    JACKIE ASHLEY | Manchester 2006: three very different Labour conferences are possible.
  • Public Finance
    15 Sep 06
    PETER WILBY | Amid all the speculation about what a Gordon Brown-led government might be like — who will be in, who will be out, what policies will he adopt — one question remains unaddressed.
  • Public Finance
    8 Sep 06
    PETER HETHERINGTON | Around 25 years ago, when trade union power was a force to be reckoned with, the redoubtable miners’ leader, Mick McGahey, rallied comrades at the Scottish TUC with a typically...
  • Public Finance
    1 Sep 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Few beyond the narrow confines of Westminster politics will have heard of Sir Alfred Sherman, and even there mention of his name will probably be greeted with puzzlement.
  • Public Finance
    18 Aug 06
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | As the prime minister sunned himself in the Caribbean and the deputy prime minister, John Prescott, technically remained in charge of government, it was John Reid, the home...
  • Public Finance
    4 Aug 06
    MELISSA BENN | At first sight, the recent wrangling over the charities Bill, which returns to the Commons in the autumn, contradicts Tony Blair’s claims for a new era of political cross-dressing.
  • Public Finance
    28 Jul 06
    TONY TRAVERS | Regions with local government, or city-regions with neighbourhoods?
  • Public Finance
    21 Jul 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Sir Gus O’Donnell might possess the knighthood that still goes with the job — but he is a very different animal from the previous occupants of his high office.
  • Public Finance
    14 Jul 06
    PETER RIDDELL | Tony Blair is not going quietly.
  • Public Finance
    7 Jul 06
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | For every complex problem, a wise man once said, there is always a simple solution and it is probably wrong.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jun 06
    PETER WILBY | One of the missed opportunities of my life occurred late in 1974 when the then Conservative leader, Edward Heath, announced an election for the party leadership.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jun 06
    HELEN DISNEY | Since the summer exam season is now upon us, there seems no better time to pose a few questions on the state of UK politics today.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jun 06
    PETER HETHERINGTON | Last month, in an extensive Cabinet reshuffle that had even less regard for that elusive concept of joined-up government — does anything change? — the prime minister sent the...
  • Public Finance
    9 Jun 06
    DAVID LIPSEY | The vice-presidency of the United States is famously not worth a bucket of warm spit. So what is the deputy leadership of the Labour Party worth?
  • Public Finance
    2 Jun 06
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | The danger in criticising the state of the National Health Service is to forget where it has come from.
  • Public Finance
    26 May 06
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Who would be home secretary? Who would want to be? Even though it is considered one of the great offices of state, alongside foreign secretary and the chancellor, it rarely...
  • Public Finance
    19 May 06
    PETER RIDDELL | Tony Blair is busy, busy. The more he is under pressure over his future as prime minister, the more determined he is to show that there is a lot more for him to do in Number 10.
  • 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.

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