David Cameron and Nick Clegg saved the weirdest line until last in their pointless midterm review.
I was diverted in my column today for The Independent on Sunday by a most enjoyable paper by Iain McLean, professor of politics at Nuffield College, Oxford, on the background to and analysis of Benjamin Disraeli’s aphorism about coalitions.
McLean says that the quotation has been misused, because Disraeli was making only a “passing remark, delivered [...]
After a seven-week break, MPs arrived back in Westminster this morning –a whole fortnight before the next recess. With the imminently-expected cabinet reshuffle, all eyes will be on the political big shots over the next week. But this isn’t the only thing on the Conservative Party agenda.
Just goes to show how naive we politics-watchers can be, and how, sometimes, we get so close to our subjects that we do not notice what they are saying.
If you wish to change something, abolish exams completely, instead of making them more stressful for us.
You can see why David Cameron got quite “firm” with Jesse Norman (pictured), the Lords reform rebel who thinks that the French Revolution was “one of the greatest disasters ever to befall European civilisation”.
As I say in my article in The Independent on Sunday today, the Prime Minister did not agree with Norman’s view that [...]
Much to the anger of student organisations across the country and the shame of red-faced Liberal Democrats, university tuition fees have gone up. But is this such a bad thing?
I digressed, in my article in today’s Independent on Sunday about George Osborne’s tussle with Ed Balls, on the reforms testing the coalition: House of Lords and boundary changes. There was a connection, because I said that Osborne won the argument on the substance, namely a parliamentary rather than judicial inquiry into the banks, because, [...]
“Human rights and democracy are inextricably connected. Only in a democracy can individuals fully realize their human rights; only when human rights are respected can democracy flourish.”
If there is a view that there should be no universal benefits for pensioners, so we stop “wasting taxpayers’ money” on the rich ones, then that is a perfectly consistent and logical position. But its main target should be the basic state pension.
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