Tag: “David Cameron

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 […]

Frontline First?

Posted on 12 November 2010 | 9:11am

Throughout the last election campaign, the Tories said till they were even bluer in the face than usual that they would protect the NHS from any looming cuts, and that within the public services more generally they would protect the ‘frontline.’ Where this frontline was drawn was never terribly clear, but the general impression given […]

A lazy Monday blog for a ‘can’t be arsed’ Monday

Posted on 1 November 2010 | 11:11am

The great thing about writing a blog, as opposed to a newspaper column, or an editorial, is that when you can’t be arsed, you don’t have to. One of the many bad things about our papers is that there are too many columnists with not enough to say, and it is so obvious when they can’t […]

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 […]

If Boris Johnson’s Kosovo analogy was planned, then Cameron has a problem

Posted on 28 October 2010 | 12:10pm

You can never quite tell with Boris Johnson whether what comes out of his mouth is planned or wholly accidental. That he has some concerns about the coalition government’s planned changes to housing benefit is already known. But to put the changes, and their potential impact, into the same breath as ‘Kosovo-style social cleansing’ goes […]

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 […]

Labour can demolish coalition claims in same way as IFS has done

Posted on 22 October 2010 | 9:10am

In this cynical, media age, it is not easy for an organisation to establish a strong reputation for taking complicated facts and delivering sound and sober judgements upon them, but you’d have to say the Institute for Fiscal Studies has done so. There were times when I was working for the government when their judgements could […]

Cuts far deeper than they would have dared make with an outright majority

Posted on 21 October 2010 | 3:10pm

There is something wonderful, almost French, about Brighton seafront on a cold sunny day like today. I was so taken with the light and the fresh air that I enjoyed a little stroll before heading to one of the big hotels on the front to speak at a conference of public services communications professionals. This […]

The media’s bottom-kissing of top Tories becoming a tad embarrassing

Posted on 19 October 2010 | 9:10am

If a Labour government had ever come up with a strategic defence review at the centre of which was the idea of aircraft carriers without planes to fly from them, we would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever have heard the end of it. The cartoonists would live off it […]

You have to admire Tory nerve in claiming cuts all about fairness

Posted on 18 October 2010 | 9:10am

The coalition may have a tricky week ahead of them, but they continue to have media opinion (not to be confused with public opinion) blowing a favourable wind up their bums and into their sails. Or, to put it more favourably for their strategists, they have done a good job in winning the battle of […]