Monthly Archives: October 2010

At the turn of the 20th century, Argentina was the fourth-richest country in the world; by the beginning of the 21st century, it had suffered the biggest sovereign debt default in history and its economy had collapsed, tipping millions of … Continue reading

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In the spirit of engaging with the Big Society concept, I am on the lookout for civil society organisations that promote radical social change. Here’s my first one: the brilliant Pink Stinks.

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What does the fury directed at the IFS last week from Nick Clegg and assorted right-wing columnists, bloggers and think-tanks really tell us about contemporary politics?

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I have penned a quick reaction to the Chancellor’s announcement on the Comprehensive Spending Review today for the Financial Times.

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Weekend reports suggest that social housing is set to be one of the biggest losers in the upcoming spending review, with cuts of up to 80 per cent predicted in capital spending on social and affordable homes.

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It is incumbent on those of us who believe that the Coalition government’s plans for cutting the deficit are risky and unnecessary to spell out a credible alternative.

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At the weekend, Alan Johnson, the new Shadow Chancellor and MP for West Hull and Hessle, argued that the forthcoming Spending Review would cut deeper into cities like Hull than Margaret Thatcher had done.

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Higher education is one of the few areas in which the UK is genuinely world class. Our universities are admired around the world and we attract huge numbers of overseas students. They are a strategic national asset. What’s more, the … Continue reading

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I have a lot of respect for John Redwood’s intellect, if not for the political uses to which he puts it. So I am somewhat bemused as to how he could get it so wrong on public spending.

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This week, ippr publishes Now It’s Personal: The new landscape of welfare-to-work, our report on the future of employment support. We recommend some radical reforms to how welfare-to-work services are commissioned and funded, with greater power and responsibility to be exercised … Continue reading

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