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Greece and the Eurozone crisis

Just when I think I understand what is going on, I don’t. There was a deal to resolve the Eurozone crisis, which meant solving the Greek crisis.  Then there wasn’t because the Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, called a referendum … 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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COALITION GOVERNMENT

I gave a speech on “Coalition Government” to a 100-strong audience at the Forum 2000 meeting in Horsforth in West Yorkshire on Wednesday, the 9th. The audience were interested and engaged. I gave a positive view of the UK coalition, … Continue reading

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Social mobility – Labour leadership contest

Alan Milburn’s decision to work with the Coalition on social mobility is good news. Ignore criticism from worried looking Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham, who, let’s remember, supported the 75p increase in the old age pension, student loans and tuition … Continue reading

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