I think I need to begin this blog by clarifying my use of the word ‘hate’ as I don’t use it lightly.
Following years of civil war progress has been made in securing peace and stability. Infant and maternal mortality have fallen significantly and access to primary education is greatly improved. However, despite these advances it was shocking to learn that Burundi has one of the highest levels of child malnutrition in the world.
The opening ceremony marked the start of a two-week period in which everything good has inevitably resulted from the Olympics and anything bad has been the fault of the Coalition.
This year has seen a string of catastrophic events, including significant errors made by government ministers, piling more pressure on Cameron – as with each occasion the buck ultimately stops with him – and once again his judgment is under the spotlight.
One other thing which I found striking was the extent to which Clegg and Cameron’s highs and lows appear to mirror each other in the last year
With Collins inviting the public to submit entries for its latest dictionary last week, new words – or neologisms – are a hot topic at the moment. This year has been a particularly fertile one for them, starting in April with Ed Milliband’s use of omnishambles in Prime Minister’s Question Time. Since then there seems to have been an unstoppable barrage of newly-minted and mostly annoying items of vocabulary.
Nigel Lawson’s advice to David Cameron came too late. In an interview with Steve Richards, my esteemed colleague, on BBC Radio 4 The Week In Westminster, Lord Lawson advised the Prime Minister to model himself on Margaret Thatcher rather than Tony Blair. He said: “I do think he has a lot to learn from her.”
Unfortunately, Cameron, [...]
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Yesterday was a good day for the House of Commons, if you think it is important that members of the Government should spend a lot of time in the Chamber being accountable to our elected representatives. The Prime Minister on Europe and then the Chancellor on the interest-rate-fixing scandal answered questions at the despatch box [...]
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