Opinion

  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 07
    ANN ROSSITER | Is public spending going out of fashion? There is certainly a growing sense at Westminster, particularly among Conservatives, that we might have passed the high-water mark of voters...
  • Public Finance
    26 Oct 07
    HELEN DISNEY | Fat used to be just a feminist issue; these days it has become a national crusade.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 07
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | The political landscape in Britain has had more upheavals recently than an earthquake zone.
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 07
    TONY TRAVERS | The chancellor’s great autumnal pronouncement was, compared with the high drama of recent weeks, something of an also-ran.
  • Public Finance
    5 Oct 07
    PETER HETHERINGTON | People of a certain age remember when housing was the most valued political currency.
  • Public Finance
    28 Sep 07
    PETER RIDDELL | Spot the difference. The autumn conference season is when politicians from the main parties pretend to disagree with each other, but largely say the same things.
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 07
    PETER WILBY | A run on a major British bank was something I never expected to see in my lifetime.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 07
    MELISSA BENN | School’s back. Most of the nation’s pupils barely had time to cover their exercise books or learn their new timetables before Ed Balls, the dynamic young children’s, schools and...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 07
    BRENDAN BARBER | Many hard-pressed public servants are facing staged pay awards that fail to keep up with inflation.
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 07
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | There is no one simple answer to resolving the horror of gun crime.
  • Public Finance
    17 Aug 07
    TONY TRAVERS | Last month’s rail white paper revealed rather more than the government’s medium-term plans for part of the nation’s transport system.
  • 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.

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