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 [...]
“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’s one thing that David Cameron is clear about, it’s that he wants us all to do the ‘Right Thing,’ a phrase that popped up no less than seven times in his deeply moralising speech about the benefits system earlier this week.
The Prime Minister feels we have a “culture of entitlement” when it comes to welfare, and polling shows huge public support for a crackdown on benefit payments. But do many young people leave school expecting to be looked after financially? Do the wealthy elite expect to rule?
Next year will be crucial for the UK’s international development policy. With the UK in the G8 chair and David Cameron co-chairing a UN committee that will oversee the setting of new global development goals, the UK once again has an opportunity to shape international action against poverty.
There is a story retold by historian, Robert Darnton, about a series of ritualistic murders of cats in the printers’ district of pre-revolutionary Paris that shocked and horrified its residents. It turned out that the cats were killed by the apprentices as revenge for the ill treatment, low pay and little chance of career advancement at the hands of their masters and their masters’ wives.
In the first of a series of blogs this week looking at the politics of class, Alastair Campbell discusses Laura Wade’s Posh. The play, which, if any comparisons with the notoriously elite Bullingdon Club are drawn (of which Conservative trio David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson were all members) opens a more disturbing concern than our political leaders not knowing the price of milk. Last year the Prime Minister denied that there were similarities between the club he was famously a member of, and the destructive behaviour witnessed in the summer riots.
The trade union subscription to the Labour Party for an individual member is around three pounds a year, which it is possible to opt out of and which is less than half the cost of a book of First Class stamps.
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