Category Archives: government

Deputy Prime Minister’s response to Leveson

10 out of 10 to the Deputy Prime Minister.  He supports Lord Justice Leveson’s report and understands public concern.  He gave a bravura performance in answering MPs’ questions, dealing with each question that was put and not dodging, as most … Continue reading

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PM missing the point

A generous 7½ out of 10 for the Prime Minister, when he could so easily have got 10. Lord Justice has not proposed removing press freedom by legislation. He is not pointing the way across a Rubicon or advocation a … Continue reading

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Leveson

I like what I heard in Lord Justice Leveson’s impressive statement. Like most people commenting I have yet to read the report (it will take a while), but the proposals he summarised in his statement seem right. Will the vested … Continue reading

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3rd Update: The United Kingdom and the Eurozone crisis

As he heads to the EU summit in Brussels, will the UK prime minister, David Cameron, be thinking about the London Conference nearly 80 years ago, also called to resolve an international financial crisis and avoid a further recession? That … Continue reading

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2nd Update: The United Kingdom and the Eurozone crisis

Here is common sense and leadership from justice secretary Kenneth Clarke in today’s Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5606a946-201a-11e1-8662-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1fomGwuZY. (You may have to register to read it, but registration is free). He was a good minister to work for, as I recall. Also … Continue reading

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Immigration

Is it not a delicious irony that it is a Conservative home secretary on whose watch immigration checks were scaled back apparently without ministerial sanction so that she does not now know how many people were let in improperly? We … Continue reading

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Liam Fox’s resignation

Janet Daley and Tim Montgomerie have blogged that Liam Fox’s resignation makes the Cabinet “less Conservative.” What’s to complain about? The message in all this for politicians is that there is no such thing as a “private meeting”.

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Fair Votes referendum

Have just Attended Nick Clegg’s excellent speech in Leeds city centre in support of a yes vote in the Fair Votes referendum in May on changing the voting system to the Alternative Vote: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12504941. He was speaking following the passage … Continue reading

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Farewell to a PFI

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust has ended a PFI early by buying West Park Hospital in Darlington from the private that built it and leased it to the Trust. (See: http://www.tewv.nhs.uk/Trust-News/Archive-News/Buying-West-Park-Hospital-/). There would have been detailed and … Continue reading

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Sensible public debate needed, not misrepresentation

I worry about the state of public debate in this country. We have serious issues, some of which go back to the last government, some to the one before it, some even further and some have arisen under this government. … Continue reading

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