Improving pay is only half of the cost of living story

Do you feel better off? This is going to be the key question as the general election approaches in 2015. The latest salvo in the battle about living standards came last night as the government published some analysis of take … Continue reading

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Why the Big Society should feed into our economic future

In an ideal world, it wouldn’t take a crisis to change things and we would always be prepared and able to work things through slowly and deliberately. But – as Winston Churchill apparently said – never let a good crisis … Continue reading

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Why no party can afford to ignore the cost of living

Has the penny dropped? David Cameron told The Spectator this week a Conservative majority would ‘go further’ on getting more people out of poverty. His intervention was timely: figures this week showed over half of all people in poverty – … Continue reading

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3/4 of Conservative members would support a second Coalition, but at what price?

One the things that jumps out of “In It Together” – Matthew D’Ancona’s account of the first half of the Coalition – is how the Lib Dems always end up uniting, even in rebellion. While Conservative rebellions (House of Lords … Continue reading

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A quick guide to Conservative modernisation

 There seems to be some confusion around what Conservative modernisation is, so I thought I’d write a quick guide.    Since Nick Boles’ Bright Blue speech much as been written about the future of Conservatism.  Some of it excellent (such as this from … Continue reading

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