Oh, how they laughed. Explaining George Osborne’s absence from Treasury Questions, Chief Secretary Danny Alexander was on side-splitting form. “My right honourable friend the Chancellor is in Brussels today at the Ecofin council,” he told MPs, “exercising the considerable influence that Britain enjoys as a full member of the European Union.” Boom, boom!
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Tuesday 19 June 2012
Labour has offered to suspend “politics as usual” in an attempt to find a long-term solution to the problems of funding social care for the elderly in England.
Monday 18 June 2012
Europe looked on with wary relief as Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras launched coalition talks after winning elections following weeks of uncertainty over whether the country could remain in the eurozone.
Sunday 17 June 2012
Friday 15 June 2012
Perhaps, before Olympic madness seriously sets in, we could quietly drop the much-repeated mantra of the Games, "sport for all". The events of this week have made that principle seem a touch silly, maybe even hypocritical. Far from providing what Lord Coe has called "a symphony of inspiration that will create lasting change", the London Olympics, along with English football's Premier League, have been offering a stirring overture of financial exploitation. The true motto of the moment is "sport for maximum profit" and, as one has come to expect, it has been those least able to afford it who are being exploited.
Friday 15 June 2012
Fears of new credit crunch prompt Bank of England to kickstart emergency lending scheme
Tuesday 12 June 2012
The Chancellor is not altogether disingenuous in his claim that the convulsions in the eurozone are "killing off" Britain's recovery.
Saturday 09 June 2012
A lunch at Reform, one of our most productive think-tanks, focused on the private finance initiative, the contractual arrangement much favoured by Gordon Brown in which private-sector expertise and money was enlisted to build schools, swimming pools, hospitals and much else.
Thursday 07 June 2012
Spain successfully raised 2.1 billion euros (£1.7bn) today from the bond markets — but at higher interest rates as investors remained concerned the country might still need external help to shore up its troubled banking sector.
Wednesday 06 June 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to protecting pensioners' entitlements to benefits such as the winter fuel allowance and free prescriptions, eye-tests and bus travel in their current form, Downing Street said today.
Tuesday 05 June 2012
Local communities should be "bribed" to accept more wind farms in the countryside so Britain can meet its renewable energy targets, a senior Conservative MP said yesterday
Thursday 31 May 2012
Is the spirit of Jo Moore alive and kicking in Whitehall?
Saturday 26 May 2012
George Osborne's closest political aide secretly gave News Corp information about the likely contents of the Government's first budget, it was revealed last night.
Friday 25 May 2012
Being a special adviser at the heart of the Government is necessarily a privileged but hugely sensitive role. When Alistair Darling, then the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, asked me to be his special adviser in the Treasury in 2007 I had little idea of what was expected. There was no job description. It was a case of feeling my way, finding a modus operandi best suited to looking after his interests.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Vladimir Putin has named his new cabinet, retaining some of the outgoing government's key figures but adding a few fresh faces, and tightening his grip on power as he begins his third presidential term.
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