Author Archives: Fiona Melville

Conservatives: not so much about big business

David Cameron said something particularly interesting last week. It wasn’t that the next Conservative government will¬†achieve full employment, support another 3 million apprenticeships, double free childcare, increase the percentage of GDP spent on infrastructure investment to more than Labour ever … Continue reading

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The Big Society: Back, and more meaningful than ever!

Regular readers will know I am possibly the world’s biggest fan of the (real) concept behind the Big Society, and also that I have always been a bit disappointed that 1) it was allowed to become portrayed as just being … Continue reading

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Another reason to vote Conservative: troubled families, the state and One Nation

This is another in our regular series of things the Conservatives have delivered in office that are great but which they don’t talk about enough… In Dundee in 1996*, the Family Intervention Project took the hugely brave step of looking … Continue reading

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Futurists, sunshine and making the choice to have control of your sunny future

Ed Conway at Sky has just tweeted this graphic showing just how unusual it is for a pre-election Budget not to be a giveaway one. People largely expected a big rabbit to be plucked from the Chancellor’s hat. But – … Continue reading

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Meaningfully rebutting Labour’s tuition fees policy

Like so many other Labour policies, it’s obvious that they have got their sums wrong on their new tuition fees policy. They’d remove up to a third of universities’ fee income without replacing it. But (even) more important than that … Continue reading

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