The government boasts that Universal Credit will strengthen work incentives by enabling people to keep more of their income from work... Unfortunately, this claim will not be true once the new localised arrangements for Council Tax Benefit are factored in.
Twelve months ago, the UK was one of eight national governments that founded the Open Government Partnership, a powerful new international organisation dedicated to the promotion of transparency and openness. Today, the UK is taking over as leading co-chair of the partnership, which now includes 57 member states or a third of the world's population.
We know what happened in Afghanistan when the Soviet Union intervened there and the USA followed to support the other side. It was all done presumably for a good cause, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The government needs to deliver on its promise to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists, to restore faith in our industry and to put to an end the drip-drip of lobbying stories that rear their head from time to time and undermine the professional, ethical and useful job that the vast majority of lobbyists are doing day in day out.
Dear David, So far, so bad. Last week you reshuffled half your cabinet in order to inject vitality into your government and demonstrate a fresh sense of purpose. Sadly, voters are unpersuaded. YouGov polls since the reshuffle show Labour retaining its lead of 10 points or so...
Of course the biggest move of the cabinet though was Andrew Lansley being shifted out of Health. "Great!", shouted his many opponents, "A clean break from the dangerous meddling of the past!".
To appeal to a broader electorate, Cameron needs people in his Cabinet in the mould of Ken Clarke. But keeping Ken in Cabinet for his easy and affable way with the voters is insulting to him and to many of the views he holds.
It is really disappointing that the debate about aviation capacity in the South East has become about Boris Island versus an additional runway at Heathrow. The issues about the provision of capacity and how best to deliver it generate many more options. This is a debate which needs to be conducted in the interests of Great Britain PLC. Sadly it seems to be more influenced by those who live under the Heathrow flightpath and those who are so scared of airport expansion anywhere near their own backyard they somehow think that plonking an airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary is the magic solution.
It's ironic that Team GB's amazing hoard of gold and other Olympic medals has come at just the time when the Coalition government's austerity measures are set to devastate the future of sports funding in Britain.
There have been many concerns raised about the way the women are being treated: they say they are only getting a few hours sleep a night, they aren't being fed during their 12 hour days at court, and Nadya and Masha have not been able to see their two small children.
You see the trouble of getting into political bed with the Tories, and with us being by far the smaller party, is that we get tainted with the same drab, grubby brush they use... but we end up taking more of the flack because people do - or at least did - expect better from us.
We must not miss this chance to press the Syrian people's case. Russia and China have failed to live up to their responsibilities. As the United Kingdom hosts the Olympics, let's make sure we live up to ours.
Oh dear. David Cameron has told the Daily Telegraph today that austerity could continue till 2020. There is no alternative, says the PM. However, with impeccable timing, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published a new report on the UK economy this afternoon suggesting the "pace of structural tightening will need to slow" if the coalition's current plans for "additional monetary stimulus and strong credit easing measures" don't work.
In January, Miliband's ratings lagged far behind David Cameron's. Now, they are similar. Indeed, YouGov's latest poll for the Sunday Times shows Miliband slightly ahead, with his best ratings since last summer.
Today sees the launch of the Canal & River Trust - the new waterways charity in England and Wales.
Why is the Labour leader joining Tony Blair for a high-profile charity event at the Emirates Stadium this evening? Why has he allowed Blairites to brief that their hero is a close adviser and mentor to Miliband?