All the current harking back to the dynamism of the Thatcher era highlights just how much today’s politicians need to regain some energy and inspiration Read more
As 20 March approaches, is it time to rethink the whole Budget-making process? Past and current confusion over tax and spend policies suggest reform is long overdue Read more
Tackling economic inequality must be central to Ed Miliband’s vision of ‘one nation’. He needs to be bold and use ‘predistribution’ to achieve this Read more
Andy Burnham is falling into the same trap as Andrew Lansley in promising that a future Labour government would effectively reorganise the National Health Service Read more
Labour’s leader may be a wonk, lacking in concrete policies or charisma. But that doesn’t mean he’s a political basket case Read more
David Cameron supports efforts to ‘nudge’ the public into behaving differently, whereas Ed Miliband believes that the ‘shove’ of policy change is necessary. But, in reality, both approaches can work effectively together Read more
Ed Miliband’s ‘producers vs predators’ speech to Labour conference helped the party leader move out of the political shadows. Now he needs to supply some detail Read more
NHS waiting times were once again the subject of heated exchanges in the Commons at last week’s Prime Minister Questions. So is Ed Miliband correct to charge the coalition government with presiding over longer waiting times and how plausible is the prime minister’s denial? As the King’s Fund shows in its updated tracker the answer depends on how you measure it. Read more...
Ed Miliband has been criticised for speaking to Saturday’s TUC rally against the coalition’s cuts, not least because of the fairly predictable efforts by anarchists to discredit the march with their mindless vandalism. But Ed was right to speak to a march attended by over a quarter of a million people, though he is wrong in the message he is putting across.
The 250,000+ people who marched on Saturday were not the usual suspects. They came from across the UK, and included many who rarely march. Read more...
Conservative commentators are licking their lips at the thought of Ed Balls as shadow chancellor. Here are Labour’s supposed economic failures on the economy, the deficit and financial regulation all beautifully personified. Read more...