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Is there an alternative solution to the Government’s £80m Money Advice Service?, The Money Blog

Is there an alternative solution to the Government’s £80m Money Advice Service?

A government-run advice service is failing people, according to MPs. What could replace it in ensuring people get the financial help they need?

By | The Money Blog | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 at 12:36 pm

What, never, Mr Cameron?, McSmith

What, never, Mr Cameron?

“I’ve never broken the law,” David Cameron claimed at Prime Minister’s Questions. Not “I’ve never broken the law in this regard…”

By | McSmith, iPolitics | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 12:20 pm

Very interesting, but not very original, minister, Eagle Eye

Very interesting, but not very original, minister

Could it be a coincidence that at 6.29 pm yesterday the Guido Fawkes blog published an extract from Liam Byrne’s speech to the 2011 Labour conference warning against appearing to be the party “for shirkers not workers”, that at 6.50 pm, the very same extract was read out in the Commons by the treasury minister [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 11:47 am

And the four privy councillors who inducted David Cameron were…, McSmith

And the four privy councillors who inducted David Cameron were…

A reader has taken me to task over a feature I wrote in which I asserted that the Privy Council has not met for a many years.

By | McSmith | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 at 11:45 am

The strange promise to help 13 countries towards democracy, McSmith

The strange promise to help 13 countries towards democracy

David Cameron and Nick Clegg saved the weirdest line until last in their pointless midterm review.

By | McSmith | Monday, 7 January 2013 at 5:14 pm

The UK was leading on tackling climate change – so why is the Government now failing to act?, Notebook

The UK was leading on tackling climate change – so why is the Government now failing to act?

Four years ago this week I felt immensely proud that the UK was leading the way in tackling climate change after the UK Parliament passed the Climate Change Act. Yet as world leaders gather in Doha for the UN Climate Change talks, it’s hard not to feel pessimistic.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 at 2:38 pm

Don’t let the Government scrap Sure Start, Chunomics

Don’t let the Government scrap Sure Start

The evidence from abroad is clear and robust: integrated education, health and welfare services can reap long-term benefits to individuals and the public purse. Politicians shouldn’t despair and axe Sure Start. Rather, it should seek innovative ways of making sure the scheme fulfils its potential.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 20 July 2012 at 12:15 pm

Leveson, and why the public do care, Notebook

Leveson, and why the public do care

There it was again. The assumption that I have seen from so many politicians and media commentators that almost no-one outside the political world cares about what is happening at the Leveson inquiry. I think that this assumption is wrong. Worse than that, it is staggeringly, appallingly, dangerously wrong.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 4:05 am

A quarter of Sunday Times rich list are Tory Party donors, Notebook

A quarter of Sunday Times rich list are Tory Party donors

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.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 14 June 2012 at 11:41 am

Britain? It’s quite well governed, actually, Eagle Eye

Britain? It’s quite well governed, actually

Pasty taxes. Granny taxes. Petrol cans. Queues at the pump. Chaotic NHS ‘reforms’. A looming debacle over changes to the House of Lords. Aircraft carriers which won’t, then will, then won’t again, be mounted with catapults. Embarrassing emails between Ministers and powerful press barons. The arrest of donors to political parties. It’s been a torrid few weeks for a government that had seemed for a while above the fray, but will probably now have to deal with years of unpopularity.

By | Eagle Eye, Opinion | Monday, 14 May 2012 at 2:29 pm

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