When George Osborne took to the TV studios today to sell his latest "promise" on the NHS, many people will have felt a touch of scepticism about whether it really does what it says on the tin. And they would have been right to feel that way.
In opposition to the expansion of Heathrow are the usual suspects. The Adullamites, those unbearable holy Greens who want us to return to living in caves for fear of the slightest emission... However, the Government needs to consider the benefit of the country as a whole, economically and socially expanding Heathrow makes sense, further delay does not.
With the spending review looming there is one budget cut we should all get behind. Britain is paying out £10billion a year on PFI loans taken out to build schools and hospitals. With so many public institutions in financial difficulty, tomorrow Labour needs to offer both an expose of Osbourne's fiscal callousness and credible and radical alternatives for securing value for money for the British public
Delivering reforms that stick to these principles and that make the Northern Powerhouse a reality would help to show that the Spending Review is about more than just cuts. Alongside reforms to employment support, it is a prime opportunity for the Chancellor to present a more positive side to his plans for the next five years and beyond.
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.
It is hard to see how the Foreign Office could sustain further cuts today without diminishing its capability to a point that is harmful to our long-term interests as a country. Even without the reminder of the savage attacks in Paris, it is clear we live in an era where security is the most valuable currency.
Our efforts must span right across society. With businesses and a one nation government working together to finally solve this, building on the momentum that's already being established, we can achieve equality.
We have a steel industry in crisis and the government has decided to rely on the Chinese to control our nuclear industry. Meanwhile, we face a chro...
The whirlwind passage of the Government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill continues this week, its feet momentarily touching the ground in the House of Lords. Anyone worried about the disturbing implications for single mums will watching the Lords closely, hoping the Bill gets the rough ride it deserves.
The tests for the spending review are clear: will it make working people better off and deliver a much-needed focus on growth, skills, productivity and infrastructure; or is it business as usual with a short-sighted spending review, underpinned by the Chancellor's fiscal fundamentalism and delivering little beyond false economies.
There's compelling evidence waste on the tax side of the Government's P&L but Osborne, quite literally, does not want to know. This is not where you get to if you're trying to "eliminate the deficit". It's not the way to delivery "security for working people". It's not what you do if you have a genuine focus on "the best value for money for taxpayers". But an ideological exercise in shrinking the State? It looks like this.
Working for a charity, I am explicitly told not to mix my politics with my work. And I get it, I do, but what has occurred to me lately is the numer...
We owe this generation so much more than vapid rhetoric about how they've never had it so good. They should demand more of their so-called leaders in this out of touch Tory Government.
Six months since we lost the general election, and Labour has moved on but cannot lose sight of the hard truth that a large section of the public still doubt our ability to make the right decisions on tax, spend and investment. This was top of voters' concerns last May. Success in the elections next May, and in 2020, depends on getting to grips with it fast.
What should the state do? That's the question we asked at our Shrinking Pains event on Tuesday morning... Below we select seven charts that show where we are - and where we're heading.
As another report from the Sutton Trust exposes the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on children's educational attainment, is it any wonder that young people today are struggling?