Opinion

  • Public Finance
    3 Aug 07
    ANN ROSSITER | Andy Burnham’s first speech as chief secretary to the Treasury grabbed the headlines with his promise to slash the number of government targets.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jul 07
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | The House of Commons shut up shop for the summer recess on Thursday after a momentous session that included a change of prime minister, a restructured Cabinet and the almost...
  • Public Finance
    20 Jul 07
    TONY TRAVERS | The communities and local government select committee’s report on refuse collection was a well-timed intervention into a sphere of public policy that continues to concern government.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 07
    MELISSA BENN | ‘Voters to get direct say in local spending’ was the eye-catching headline a day after the dynamic new communities secretary announced a package of measures to revive local democracy.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jul 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | Gordon Brown dares do what Tony Blair wanted to do.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 07
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | So the great clunking fist has pencilled in next spring for a dash to the polls.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 07
    ANN ROSSITER | Gordon Brown’s media people have been keen to tell us that the changeover at Number 10 will be accompanied by a new, straightforward attitude to communicating with the press.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 07
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | A story once did the rounds of the Whitehall corridors that outgoing health secretary John Reid took a possible successor to one side and said: ‘Don’t do it, I’ve spent all the...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 07
    PETER HETHERINGTON | I’ve been fascinated by local government ever since I inherited from my dad a commemorative brochure to mark the opening of the new municipal power station.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jun 07
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | There was a time when politicians clashed over the great issues of state power and liberty, public and private ownership, relief of want, war, universal suffrage and class.
  • Public Finance
    25 May 07
    PETER RIDDELL | In all the torrent of words that Gordon Brown has unleashed since launching his leadership campaign on May 11, his one specific pledge has been to introduce what he called a first...
  • Public Finance
    18 May 07
    PETER WILBY | We are about to see — or should be about to see — a dramatic generational change in British government.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | What do last week’s elections tell us about the prospects for the next general election?
  • Public Finance
    4 May 07
    HELEN DISNEY | It hardly seems a decade ago that Tony Blair stood on the steps of Number 10 while the country celebrated a fresh mood of optimism.
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 07
    MELISSA BENN | Over the past week, the two Davids — Cameron and Miliband — have been speaking about the changing role of the individual in modern society.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 07
    ALAN LEAMAN | Are the British media a barrier to the development of good public policy? In recent weeks, two influential voices have argued that it is.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 07
    ROBERT SHRIMSLEY | It is a striking facet of modern politics that the events that have the greatest consequence often go unheralded, while enormous attention is lavished on cosmetic exercises.
  • Public Finance
    12 Apr 07
    CIPFA will be hosting an event at its Mansell Street offices on 3 November to mark 40 years since the publication of the Layfield report into local government finance, including contributions from...
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 07
    PETER RIDDELL | The devolution settlement is about to face its severest test.
  • Public Finance
    30 Mar 07
    TONY TRAVERS | Local government finance is a paradoxical issue.
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 07
    DAVID LIPSEY | On March 19, I was one of a delegation from the all-party parliamentary betting and gaming group seeing Treasury minister John Healey about the taxation of online gambling.
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 07
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | Poor Patricia Hewitt. In a recent survey of just under 100 NHS chief executives, she came out as the least popular health secretary of the past decade, just pipping Frank...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 07
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | Are the London Olympics shaping up to be the new Millennium Dome, only more expensive and embarrassing, and this time on a global scale?
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 07
    ALAN LEAMAN | Once again, Britons are being fêted for what we are good at.
  • Public Finance
    23 Feb 07
    PETER RIDDELL | Tony Blair is not going quietly.

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