I have an article in The Independent and i today, about what can be learned from Tony Blair. Many others have commented on different things that he said, and the transcript of his question and answer session at the Mile End Group on Monday will yield much more.
Hopi Sen is typically brilliant in advising people [...]
Chuka Umunna struck an impressive measured tone in his speech on class, race and aspiration today, at his old law firm, Herbert Smith, now Herbert Smith Freehills. The full text is here.
He is just about the only front-bench Labour politician who talks approvingly about a society in which people from deprived estates can “make their [...]
I have a post up on Independent Voices about the energy company bosses giving evidence to the energy and climate change select committee this afternoon.
Tony Blair came to talk to the Mile End Group at Queen Mary University of London this morning. It was a seminar about “How Government Works” (as opposed to how academic theory says government works), and the video and transcript are up on the Mile End Group website.
Here he is with Dr Jon Davis, director [...]
I suspect that what most people are getting at when they ask whether we are seeing a bubble or not is something different. What they really mean is: are houses too expensive?
I fear I may have oborned* this one. I write in The Independent on Sunday about why I think the Conservatives are likely to win the 2015 election. “From now on, the facts of economic life are Conservative.”
As pointed out by my esteemed colleague Tom Peck, this contradicts the Electoral Calculus Monster Chart of Polls [...]
Rationalising the green taxes on energy bills hardly contradicts David Cameron’s claim to lead the “greenest government ever”. Matthew d’Ancona, Andrew Rawnsley and James Forsyth today report Nick Clegg’s synthetic fury at the Prime Minister’s surprise promise to “roll back” green taxes.
But green levies on gas and electricity bills are a mess, as The Independent [...]
This story was “all over the BBC” apparently, but I missed it and it doesn’t seem to have been in the newspapers. It was in the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which was published on 8 October. You would have thought the hell-in-handcarters (handcart, pictured) would have leapt on this paragraph as evidence that the [...]
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Guardian:
Imagine a 20-month price freeze. Wholesale prices on international markets, which I don’t think Ed Miliband is claiming he controls, go up by 10%. That’s 47% of the bill. If you’re a small supplier, you’d go bankrupt. If you’re a big company, you’d take it [...]
With thanks to the Labour History Group, and to David Mills, who was captain of the winning team, I reproduce the questions asked at a quiz night this week to raise money for Lucy Rigby, Labour’s candidate in Lincoln.
1. When Barbara Castle (pictured) became only the fourth ever woman Cabinet minister [...]
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