Ahead of the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, all eyes are on the Chancellor's plans for tax credits. His welcome promise to listen to the concerns raised when the Lords debated the matter, and commitment to protect people in 'transition,' means families up and down the country are waiting anxiously for more detail.
Today, not yet seven months after he was handed sole control of the Treasury, Osborne's net approval rating has plunged to minus seventeen. It seems that the Liberal Democrats did not just inject moderation, they also brought competence. Shorn if his Lib Dem colleagues, Osborne has descended into ideologically driven incompetence.
In 2005, David Cameron was elected as leader of the Conservatives in the hope that his youthful and moderate image would appeal to younger voters. He ...
I think the people of Oxfordshire would welcome your further engagement with the PM on their behalf and with local activists on these matters. I personally look forward to your thoughts on how best to capitalise on what has now become a national talking point, and how we can use this new focus in the best interests of Oxfordshire residents and other similarly concerned groups across the country.
Earlier this week I was playing Ludo with my six year old daughter. She was beating me hands down, and at one point landed on my last hope counter and...
In hustings, meeting and leaflets, Mr Cameron pledged to protect the best interests of West Oxfordshire. Instead his Government has continued to turn the screw... So I ask, did we get Team West Oxfordshire or Team Westminster back in May?
The truth is that a robust welfare system accompanied with a better distribution of wealth actually helps an economy, contrary to what you may have been told. By providing a strong safety net in case of difficult times, welfare actually encourages individuals to start up their own businesses or to change profession, as they know they will be protected if it all goes wrong.
Any organisation that has seen more than 650 of its workers killed or injured on duty in 15 years would need to think hard about how it keeps staff motivated and productive, and how it attracts new talent to replace staff who leave.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen remarkable events play out as a new generation of young doctors have been politicised and radicalised. This culm...
My plea to council leaders and senior officers is simply this - remember that you and the local voluntary and community sector seek to serve the same communities and same people. Respecting, valuing and working with each other as 'real' trusted partners, you can make a big difference, especially in these hard times of austerity and cuts.
"We must campaign for social justice, equality and a fairer society. We should not be intimidated by Government, our regulator, public sector funders ...
George Osborne's cries for fiscal discipline, as he snatches tax credits for working families with one hand whilst cutting inheritance tax for the rich and corporation taxes for businesses with the other, simply won't wash any more. But out of tragedy must rise anger: we must refuse to be silent over the state of injustice that has become the status quo under Tory rule. Once upon a time the shouts of hundreds of thousands of protesters marching the streets, journalists, charities leaders and politicians were able to fall on deaf ears, because David Cameron and George Osborne knew that they had the powerful voting force of Middle England on their side. No more.
What Jeremy Hunt doesn't seem to get is that junior doctors aren't some resource that he can stretch to fill the growing gaps in NHS funding. They are people. They are some of the most hardworking, highly skilled people in our society, and we need them.
Rare it is when the real world manages to penetrate the cocoon in which our political system and political class exists - which is why when it does it gives us pause to think, really think, about the state of our society and the centrality of politics to it.
I feel that Labour should have used the debate to underline its support for the underlying principles behind the charter; the need for balanced books and to live within our means whilst demonstrating the failure of the Government's austerity programme to deliver this. By opposing the charter outright, Osborne was able to portray the Labour party as inconsistent and in denial of the economic challenges ahead.
I'm angry, we're all angry and we're all taking it out on people who actually care because we're so frustrated at the limits society places us under, forcing us to submit, and smile about it, or else.