Opinion

  • Public Finance
    15 Aug 08
    CONOR RYAN | There might be an August lull in speculation over Gordon Brown’s future. But the prime minister faces a testing September as he seeks to relaunch his government.
  • Public Finance
    1 Aug 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Labour MPs might have broken up for the summer, but there is still a frenzied atmosphere as Gordon Brown clings on to power amid growing concerns about his leadership of the party...
  • Public Finance
    1 Aug 08
    PETER WILBY | ‘Back to basics’ didn’t work for John Major, but it could just work for Gordon Brown.
  • Public Finance
    25 Jul 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Poor old Ed Balls. Just when most MPs are chucking their order papers in the air, as they head off for the long summer recess, the schools secretary is having to stay behind to...
  • Public Finance
    25 Jul 08
    HELEN DISNEY | Welfare-to-work or ‘workfare’ was once a novel concept in the UK. Just a decade ago, in the heyday of New Labour, the idea of using private firms to encourage back into work people...
  • 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?’

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