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The West London question

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 552 views

The West Lothian question is at the centre of the politics of the UK in the wake of David Cameron’s response to the No vote in the Scottish referendum. The prime minister surprised his opponents by linking a demand for…

Housing crisis? What housing crisis?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 541 views

The housing minister for England gave his first TV interview yesterday. I think it would be fair to say it did not go too well. A week ago Kris Hopkins was ‘not available’ to appear on Channel 4 News to…

The bedroom tax: only fair to private tenants?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 614 views

Of all the arguments made for the bedroom tax, the most slippery is the one about it being ‘only fair to private tenants’. That should change after an all-party report published this week. It’s the third and probably least used…

Never knowingly undernudged

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,917 views

So-called ‘John Lewis-style mutuals’ are (depending on your point of view) the future of the public sector or a euphemism for privatisation. However, the expression may have some unexpected implications for the government. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude launched a…

Accounting for the new self-employed

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,000 views

A report out today [6th February] from the ONS confirms the big increase in self-employment in the UK seen since the start of the Global Financial Crisis. As a result of the recessions that triggered, the number of employees fell by 434,000…