Opinion

  • Public Finance
    14 Mar 08
    MIKES THATCHER | They may appear to be dour Scots, but both Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown share a rosy, if not rose-tinted, view of the economic prospects facing the country.
  • Public Finance
    14 Mar 08
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | At some point most afternoons I find myself flicking through galleries of photos for possible inclusion in the next day’s newspaper.
  • Public Finance
    7 Mar 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Gordon Brown’s cherished sustainable investment rule is clinging to life, Rasputin-style, despite repeated attempts to kill it off. The rule, requiring that public sector net debt...
  • Public Finance
    7 Mar 08
    PETER RIDDELL | The most tempting submission that Alistair Darling has received ahead of the March 12 Budget has come from Richard Lambert, director-general of the CBI.
  • Public Finance
    29 Feb 08
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | On a very busy news day last week an important story was buried. Not deliberately, of course. Although this was no Jo Moore moment, it was nevertheless convenient.
  • Public Finance
    28 Feb 08
    JUDY HIRST | It’s that time of year again, when finance managers – faced with embarrassing underspends – suddenly discover an urgent need for new laptops, ergonomic chairs and away days. March is a...
  • Public Finance
    22 Feb 08
    MIKES THATCHER | Gordon Brown had a welcome fifty-seventh birthday present this week, when the government published better-than-expected public finance figures for January.
  • Public Finance
    22 Feb 08
    DAVID LIPSEY | Whoever wins the Democratic nomination in the US, the opinion polls will be the losers. Primary after primary, poll-based newspaper headlines have announced that Barack Obama is in...
  • Public Finance
    15 Feb 08
    MIKES THATCHER | Overflowing rubbish bins, picket lines, sackings and strikes. Things are suddenly cutting up rough on the public sector pay front, and you don’t have to look far to see why.
  • Public Finance
    15 Feb 08
    PETER WILBY | I was in Washington in 1981 a few days before Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president. The sense of a new era being born was palpable.
  • Public Finance
    8 Feb 08
    MIKE THATCHER | For Liverpool City Council, it was ‘grossly unfair’. But for the majority of unitary and county councils, this week’s Comprehensive Performance Assessments were something to...
  • Public Finance
    8 Feb 08
    MELISSA BENN | So the party that has objected to the nanny state for so long is now proposing it in quite literal form — Cameron and Co announced last week that they want to provide a maternity...
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Tory MP Derek Conway isn’t the only public figure facing scrutiny over the management of their finances. Finance directors will have been waiting nervously this week to hear the...
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 08
    PHILIP JOHNSTONE | Parties in opposition are often encouraged to develop lots of policies. ‘What are you going to do about it?’ is the most common question thrown at a Conservative spokesman who...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 08
    MIKE THATCHER | These are, to state the obvious, uncertain times. Everyone, from Mervyn King and Alistair Darling to ordinary mortals fearing for their jobs, homes and pensions, has good reason to...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jan 08
    ANN ROSSITER | This Thursday, MPs voted on the issue of their own pay. Like most other political observers, I believe this was an inappropriate thing for them to do.
  • Public Finance
    18 Jan 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Decisiveness is not the watchword of Gordon Brown’s government. Whether it’s election announcements, treaty signings or the options for Northern Rock, the prime minister has shown a...
  • Public Finance
    18 Jan 08
    JACKIE ASHLEY | The teenager is an odd creature. It keeps strange hours (it’s nocturnal really), does everything very loudly, from listening to music to speaking on a mobile phone, and has a...
  • Public Finance
    11 Jan 08
    MIKE THATCHER | The prime minister’s New Year message is traditionally an upbeat, forward-looking affair. 2008 was no exception. In urgent need of a comeback-kid vision, Gordon Brown focused on...
  • Public Finance
    11 Jan 08
    ALAN LEAMAN | These have been a bad few months for democracy. Christmas was dominated by grim news from Kenya and Pakistan. Russia and South Africa are also causing concern.
  • Public Finance
    14 Dec 07
    DAVID MEILTON | As we plunge headlong towards 2008 with the government and politics in deep disrepute, do not despair. Gordon Brown, as so often, has the answer.
  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 07
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | Every morning, we hear, Gordon Brown speaks by telephone to the most important people in his government to discuss tactics. Then at 10am he speaks to them all again.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 07
    PETER RIDDELL | Paul Gray’s resignation as Revenue and Customs chair set a constitutional precedent of immense significance for anyone who works in Whitehall.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 07
    MELISSA BENN | This week, it was the turn of David Cameron and his front bench to propose radical education reforms to a media with an unquenchable thirst for mud-slinging between a weakened...
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 07
    PETER WILBY | The last time I occupied this column, election fever was at its height and Gordon Brown was expected to go to the polls within weeks.

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