Author Archives: Fiona Melville

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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Nice idea: but we’re doing something even better

Yesterday, the Labour party announced that it is planning to introduce two further weeks of paternal leave and increasing the amount paid in statutory parental pay. I don’t really have a problem with this in and of itself – what’s … Continue reading

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Making your voice valuable

For a variety of reasons, not much has moved me to write here in the last few months. Much of what I’ve started to think of to say I’ve found written already elsewhere, and often I haven’t been sufficiently committed … Continue reading

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Is it time to resurrect the Invitation to Join the Government of Britain?

As a Scot living in London, I’m so pleased my fellow countrymen chose to keep our Union. But 45% wanted to leave – that’s a big proportion. Despite the emotion of recent weeks, there are also plenty of people in … Continue reading

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