The announcement of the National Living Wage will always be associated with George Osborne. But if its implementation is managed skilfully, it could rank high among Theresa May's lasting achievements.
At the end of a week that has been dominated by Westminster rumour and gossip, Friday saw a major reversal by George Osborne which will have real consequences for millions of people up and down the country... I welcome the Chancellor's u-turn, as I welcome his decision not to impose the threatened punishment austerity budget, but I am angry that it has taken blunders of this magnitude to force him to do what should have been obvious. Labour under Jeremy Corbyn has consistently advocated a different approach. A programme for reducing the government deficit through growth and investment, rather than the cuts which have proved so counter-productive.
A three-point rescue plan to help stop the housing crisis getting worse as a result of a post-Brexit shock, prevent a sharp slowdown in growth and provide some economic certainty. The Bank of England alone can't protect jobs and homes. If the Conservatives politicians can't offer economic leadership, then Labour must.
The pain of a national EU divorce was never going to be comfortable - particularly in the short-term. Nonetheless, fed up with what people viewed as a less than accountable EU, voters were prepared to take that risk. The long break-up has thus begun. Despite my natural caution and concern about the fallout, today I actually feel overwhelmingly optimistic about Britain's future. I also know that isn't where most people right now. Not yet anyway. Many have criticised the lack of planning for this outcome, so here are some thoughts about what Britain should do now in order to prosper in the future.
Despite the turmoil, Parliament must set about the business of passing legislation. And just maybe, after a quiet weekend, the Chancellor may surprise us all. Because one bit of unfinished business, where the UK could act decisively, is on multinationals and the taxes they pay.
Prime Ministers who are primarily administrative in nature often flourish and are good for settled times in our history. But last Thursday's vote means that the United Kingdom now needs the kind of inspirational leadership that very few can actually offer. As David Cameron said, a new heading requires a new captain. That new heading involves sailing through some potentially very choppy waters, so we will need a captain with real character, plenty of foresight and the vision to carry the nation forward.
A fevered referendum has divided Britain and unsettled the world. I've previously criticised the tone of the Remain and Leave campaigns for stoking fear and hate, and we are now living with the consequences of their irresponsibility.
Regardless of whether you chose to leave or remain, after months of campaigning we now know that Britain has voted to leave the EU. We also know that there will be no going back. Love or loathe Cameron and Osborne, for now, they need to stay to fix policy in the short term. Stabilizing the economy and ushering in a few Brexit figures into cabinet should be their first moves. After that, by October, another prime minister will be waiting in the wings ready to take over the reins.
Labour is calling for a vote to remain in Europe at next week's referendum because we believe staying in the European Union offers our people a better future in terms of jobs, investment, rights at work and environmental protection.
Whatever the outcome, entrepreneurial activity will continue to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the country. The government must put policies in place to ensure that our entrepreneurs continue to prosper - In or Out.
Immigration has become the decisive issue in the UK's EU referendum because the Remain campaign is failing to spell out the cost of Brexit to personal...
China's belligerence is making it look increasingly like the Old Testament warrior Goliath, not only in its size and power, but in its attitude to the rest of the world. But there the parallel ends, because among the international community - governments, corporations, international institutions - no David has yet appeared. On the contrary, the Goliath that is China today is holding everyone else to ransom.
Recent polls show the vote currently split down the middle, with approximately 50% of the public believing the bullshit sprouting out of the mouths of Brexit campaigners Nigel Farage, Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith, and a further 50% believing the gobshite of "everyone else".
Last week I wrote an article alleging that Civil Service plans, which outline a safe, secure way for Britain to exit the EU, are circulating Whitehall...
Today Labour set out the choice facing the British public in just under two weeks. It's a choice between Labour investment in growth, jobs and skills on the one hand and even more Tory austerity on the other.
Private renters are being failed by a housing market stacked against them and it is time for a serious shift in power towards this growing group of consumers... There is a huge amount of support for reforming renting and banning fees, but the people who still need convincing are those on the Government benches.