Let’s hear it for the pigs

May 15, 2009

It’s been a grim time for pigs.

First they were blamed for the swine flu that caused a worldwide stir after it was discovered in Mexico — and now everyone’s likening them to Members of Parliament with their snouts in the trough.

Is the government being unfair to Gurkhas?

April 24, 2009

Nepalese Gurkhas have a long and justifiably proud history of serving alongside Britain – Gurkha units fought with the East India Company in India as early as 1817. Over the years, the Gurkhas have developed a reputation for tenacity, bravery and dogged loyalty to their adopted army.

In for a penny, in for £175 billion

April 22, 2009

It may not be tax and spend exactly, but it’s definitely tax and borrow.

For the best part of 12 years, Labour has pursued essentially conservative (with a small ‘c’) economic policies, steadily underburdening itself of the ‘fiscally unreliable’ tag that some earlier Labour administrations were (wrongly or rightly) saddled with.

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

March 3, 2009

    Alistair Darling may think it’s time for a bit of collective
responsibility, but anyone who thinks Gordon Brown is about to
apologise for Britain’s current economic travails should think
again.

Sorry Darling, Davos is for Mandy

January 30, 2009

If there were any questions over who is number two in British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet, Davos might have helped clear them up.

Has Brown lost the Spring in his step?

January 29, 2009

Is the Labour Party going to regret not hosting a Spring Party Conference this year?

Big Beasts in different cages

January 28, 2009

They are known as the “big beasts”, those polticians that hold, or have held, heavyweight government posts and stalk the landscape as if they own it.

Labour’s jobs summit

January 12, 2009

The government is to offer firms a “golden handshake” of up to 2,500 pounds for every person they recruit who has been unemployed for more than six months. Total cost of the initiative is expected to be around 500 million pounds.

The Tory debt to Birmingham

September 27, 2008

willetts.jpegIt’s goodbye to buckets and spades, and hello to Brum.

The Conservative Party is meeting in Birmingham for its first conference there for 75 years, away from the seaside B-list of Bournemouth, Blackpool and Brighton.

Labour aren’t singing anymore

September 21, 2008

  Unsurprisingly, it’s a totally different mood at this year’s Labour Party conference in Manchester.Last year in Bournemouth, they talked about crushing the opposition Conservatives for a generation as the party celebrated a 10 point lead in the polls under their new leader Gordon Brown.