London, which accounted for 22 per cent of output in 2008, contributed just 1 per cent of the total decline of GVA over the four years to 2012. Yorkshire & Humber, by contrast, accounted for just 7 per cent of output in 2008, but contributed 16 per cent to the overall decline.
Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, gave a speech at the progressive think tank, IPPR, last week, which was reported as an attack on climate-change sceptics in the Conservative Party. In fact, what was striking about it was its warmth towards mainstream Tories and the strength of the attack on Ed [...]
UKIP is in decline from now on, I argue in The Independent on Sunday today. The foremost academics who study the party, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, were politer in their assessment of its showing in the Wythenshawe by-election, that it was a “solid advance”.
That is true, but a solid advance is not enough. The [...]
I have a Top 10 Words That Used to Mean the Opposite in The Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review, today. Too late for inclusion, Alison Graham pointed out that “oversight” has two, almost opposite, meanings, and my friend Francis Wheen (pictured) wrote to offer a word that deserves a blog post all of [...]
Ed Miliband in his interview in The Observer today accuses David Cameron of appearing to retreat from his support for the green cause.
That is rich coming from someone who has done so much to undermine policies to reduce climate change with his promise to freeze energy prices. The Financial Times carries almost daily reports of international [...]
UKIP has dropped four points in the latest ComRes opinion poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. And UKIP, which was the most favourably viewed party last month, has fallen behind Labour and the Conservatives in our Favourability Index.
Con 32% (+2)
We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. As well asking people how they would vote in a general election, we have repeated our Favourability Index, asking if people have a “favourable or unfavourable view” of the four main parties and their leaders. This month we [...]
I can’t give up on American football yet, say Alex Massie and Steve Evans, just because the Super Bowl is over and the season is done. There is a new season to come and the NFL draft to look forward to. Not only could the NFL sign up its first out gay player, Michael Sam, [...]
I was hoping to write something lighthearted today, but no such luck. A friend sent me a link to this piece on the ultra-right US website Newsbusters, and it’s made me so incandescently angry I have to write it out of my system.
I’d like to start by saying that the grief being expressed by the [...]
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