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Published alongside the good unemployment figures today were less welcome new statistics showing another big increase in the number of sanctions applied to people in receipt of jobseekers’ allowance (JSA). In the 12 months to September 2013, a total of … Continue reading

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Last night I gave a lecture at Warwick University on political leadership in a ‘post-democratic’ age. I take Max Weber’s famous lecture, Politik als Beruf, as a starting point for discussing how we should think about political leadership in contemporary … Continue reading

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I’ve co-signed a letter to George Osborne and Vince Cable, published in today’s Financial Times, which calls for the collection and publication of UK land market prices, which ceased in 2011, to be resumed. Its absence makes it much harder … Continue reading

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In The Times yesterday, the commentator and confidant of the chancellor, Danny Finkelstein, penned an intriguing article calling for a new ‘NHS tax’. It merited attention not because it called for an hypothecated tax for the NHS – an idea … Continue reading

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Until now, Dominic Cummings has been little known outside Westminster, where he is spoken of as a brilliant, mercurial and Svengali-like special adviser to Michael Gove. But the engineered leak of his departing advice to his minister – an extended … Continue reading

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While Ed Miliband dominated the conference season, Labour was exposed on one critical area of policy: education. Hemmed in by internal debates, Labour has failed to project a clear and compelling agenda on what was once its signature policy issue. … Continue reading

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The government has today announced the next steps in its civil service reform programme. This is an area of public policy of genuine interest only to a select few, namely ministers, their senior civil servants themselves, and a smallish band … Continue reading

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Today’s spending review is principally about departmental allocations for 2015/16; the financial year beginning shortly before the expected date of the 2015 general election. However, much of the political manoeuvring ahead of the speech has concerned annually managed expenditure, so-called … Continue reading

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When it comes to discussions of planning reform, the issue of ‘landbanking’ is never far from the surface. Indeed, it has become the standard concern of those who are sceptical of our developers. When a minister argues the case for … Continue reading

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Today’s speech on social security and the reform of the welfare state was a big moment for the Labour leader, Ed Miliband. He has made some important arguments, on which at least a sizeable part of the battle for the … Continue reading

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