Category: “Economy

No wonder Cameron’s smiling. Broken pledges can be buried beneath Royal news

Posted on 17 November 2010 | 9:11am

With Royal weddings top of the news agenda, it won’t be too long (in historical terms) before Royal babies come along … which brings me neatly to the subject of midwives, which brings me swiftly to the subject of cuts. Oh it will take more than a Royal wedding to knock me off message … […]

Happiness not a bad starting point for analysis of policy. The problem is the policy

Posted on 15 November 2010 | 9:11am

I am not opposed to the idea, splashed across the Guardian, of including a measurement of happiness and well-being in any assessment of how well or otherwise the country and its families are doing. Given the subjectivity inevitably involved in such an assessment, it will not be straight-forward to agree on how the analysis is […]

As Gove changes school funding, stand by for another Clegg ‘I agonised’ interview

Posted on 13 November 2010 | 8:11am

Take a look at Nick Clegg’s face and hands in the picture in this Guardian report of how the Lib Dems planned to abandon the tuition fees pledge before the last election. The report makes pretty clear that even as the party was hoovering up student votes, the man making contingency plans for coalition discussions […]

Time for housing to get higher up the political ladder

Posted on 11 November 2010 | 8:11am

To the Chartered Institute of Housing’s conference yesterday. Nice bunch, not very keen on my fellow Keighley man Eric Pickles I sensed, and feeling a bit battered after the spending review. But I felt they were adopting the right tone in seeking to engage with government, rather than just becoming a shrill voice of protest. […]

The joins of the dark arts are showing in coalition leak

Posted on 2 November 2010 | 8:11am

I don’t know if Malcolm Tucker is to be killed off now that the coalition has replaced Labour, or if a new coalition version may replace him, but if the latter is the case, he/she and its scriptwriters may want to be aware of a dark arts strategy known as MTBL, which might help a storyline […]

Deep disillusion in deepest Cleggland; will he defect?

Posted on 29 October 2010 | 9:10am

To deepest Cleggland last night, and if Mark Mardell thinks Barack Obama has disillusion problems, he should get himself to Sheffield for some of the real thing. I was speaking at the University Students’ Union, as part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Literary Festival. To be fair, one or two in the audience stuck to […]

Great to see Clinton back on the campaign trail taking on the radical right

Posted on 27 October 2010 | 8:10am

John Sawers, once TB’s foreign policy advisor, now head of MI6, used to take the mick out of what he called my ‘love-in’ with Bill Clinton. That rather overstates it, but fair to say I had and have a lot of admiration for the former US President, not least because of his campaigns and communications […]

Good to hear Bank Governor whacking banks; now let’s hear it from DC and Osborne

Posted on 26 October 2010 | 11:10am

In the dying moments of the Labour government, namely those heady days between the election and Gordon Brown’s departure from Downing Street, Bank of England governor Mervyn King was perhaps a bigger player than any of the accounts so far have revealed. His name is of course well-known in political, media and financial circles, and the […]