Ed Balls has had a rough week. I think he got the response to the Autumn Statement wrong, not because he shouted but because the trick should be to make George Osborne look like a student politician who is making it up as he goes along.
I’m not saying I could do it, but I would [...]
Someone asked me today how inequality in South Africa compared with that in the United States.* I don’t know if they were trying to make the point that Nelson Mandela had failed to achieve an egalitarian paradise, which would have been a pretty daft point to score.
To answer the question, income appears to be more [...]
Igor Judge, who retired as Lord Chief Justice in September, says that British courts are not obliged to follow the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, and that the Human Rights Act should be amended to make this clearer.
He is delivering a speech at the Constitution Unit at University College, London, tonight, in [...]
I have in the past been at the unexciteable end of the market on UKIP’s impact on the next election. I am also generally sceptical about polls carried out in marginal seats: in the past, national polling and uniform swing has tended to be a better predictor of national outcomes. But the publication of the [...]
It’s an important debate because if decoupling has occurred that implies something has gone seriously wrong with our economy and policymakers should take some sort of corrective action. On the other hand, if there has been no decoupling one would expect workers’ pay to bounce back with the return to growth and no such radical action is necessary.
Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan’s speech-writer, is majestic on her Wall Street Journal blog yesterday. She lays into Barack Obama over the healthcare reform, saying it is a problem that he is seen as intelligent, sophisticated, in control.
Mr Obama’s problem now is that people think he is smart.
They think, as they look at his health-care vows, [...]
If anyone is interested in what Blair is actually doing as Quartet envoy in Israel-Palestine, as opposed to what the Daily Mail and Guardian say he is doing, I recently recommended an excellent article by Toby Greene in the Jewish Chronicle.
I have since read Greene’s equally commendable book. It is a clear and balanced account [...]
Just to be fair, balanced and equalitarian, here is the transcript of the Shadow Home Secretary’s interview with Andrew Neil on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.
AN: Yvette Cooper joins me now for the Sunday interview. Welcome to the Sunday Politics, Yvette Cooper. Now you’ve criticised the coalition for not acting sooner on immigration from Romania and Bulgaria, but [...]
I have already commented on Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher lecture here, here and in The Independent on Sunday today, where I say his mischievous identification with the right wing of the Conservative Party has harmed his chances of winning the leadership.
Or, as I put it, Theresa May has just come a little closer to being [...]
Plenty of interest in the Shadow Chancellor’s interview with Andrew Marr this morning. Full transcript:
If it’s the job of an opposition spokesman to get under the skin of the Government, Ed Balls is an all time gold winning champion. He drives them nuts. It’s partly the relentless mockery about the lack of a recovery, [...]
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