Tag Archives: Spending

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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The possibility of reality must match the rhetoric

The Guardian this morning is running an ‘exclusive’ about the Ministry of Defence asking the Department for International Development for contributions to the cost of delivering overseas development assistance via the military (things like transporting DfID and NGO staff and … Continue reading

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Ministers should be the People’s Champions

I originally thought I might have been imagining this, but there has been a very noticeable shift in the way much of the Cabinet talk about the institutions they run. The most marked has been in how Jeremy Hunt talks … Continue reading

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Austerity as the new normal

The Financial Times is only one of the papers today highlighting that the current austerity drive will continue beyond the next election. This, surely, is a good thing. One of the reasons that our economy is in such a mess … Continue reading

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Three important reasons the government shouldn’t impose a cap on payday loans

In (another) abrupt u-turn, it now seems likely that the government will accept the substance of the Labour peer Lord Mitchell’s amendment to the Financial Services Bill, which calls for a cap on the interest rates charged by payday loan … Continue reading

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