Monthly Archives: December 2010

1. The UK’s Child Poverty Targets are a hangover from the Gordon Brown era, made up by the Labour government and imposed on its successor

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I was surprised to hear Steve Richards, whose journalism I admire greatly, declare on the Today programme that the Coalition government was a radical administration on par with the 1945 Attlee and 1979 Thatcher governments. For one thing, the Owl of … Continue reading

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With Christmas approaching, a number of ippr’s staff took to the streets on Wednesday for some carol singing of a different kind. They joined London Citizens in their action at the Disney store in Oxford Street, to sing some carols about … Continue reading

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Lurking beneath today’s headline rise in unemployment – with ILO unemployment topping 2.5 million – are some worrying figures:

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We now have the image that will define this age of retrenchment and rebellion, splashed across all the frontpages this morning. Even Grosvenor Square ’68 can’t compete with that kind of iconography.

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‘A liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel,’ the American poet Robert Frost once said. Another, less generous, version of the same sentiment defines a liberal as ‘someone who can’t agree with himself … Continue reading

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This week’s Radically Big Society award goes to Cage Against the Machine, whose campaign to bring a truly silent night to Christmas this year is gathering pace. The odds are still long – 8-1 from Ladbrokes – that Cage’s silent masterpiececan beat the … Continue reading

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As the people of the UK dig themselves out of snowdrifts, they could be excused for seeing some absurdity in the urgent need to tackle climate change. But (assuming they can defrost the airport runways in time) Chris Huhne and … Continue reading

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The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill published this week introduces Police and Crime Commissioners for police constabularies in England and Wales (except for London where all powers will go to the Mayor, abolishing the Met Police Authority). These will be … Continue reading

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