Monthly Archives: February 2012

At some point in every generation, British policymakers look in envy and awe at the German economy.

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The Telegraph reported yesterday that the government was considering freezing the youth rates of the national minimum wage in an effort to mitigate the rise in youth unemployment.

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During my stint as a special adviser to David Blunkett in the Home Office, I had the good fortune to work with the late Bernard Crick. Bernard had been appointed to advise the home secretary on the development of policies and … Continue reading

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When it can be bothered to look, the London media tends to peer down its nose at the policies of the devolved administrations of the United Kingdom, attributing any success to the largesse of the Barnett formula rather than any … Continue reading

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David Cameron’s speech in Scotland today is important for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious is that he is clearly deeply committed to the unionist cause. It isn’t simply that he fears being the prime minister who … Continue reading

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Tax credits or in-work benefits have existed in the UK in some form since 1971, when the family income supplement was first introduced. Today they account for some £27 billion of public spending, providing substantial financial support to low and … Continue reading

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The prime minister is attending the UK-Nordic/Baltic summit today. Much of the focus is on women in the boardroom – an important issue. But as he prepares for the March budget, the PM should ponder these two graphs, highlighting the … Continue reading

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The Times ran an interesting piece (£) yesterday on the Queen’s speech for the next parliamentary session, expected in May. It reported that the Coalition has struggled to assemble a legislative programme of any great scope and depth and that … Continue reading

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We desire nothing but the power of local legislation and administration.

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