Politics

22. 09. 2009
I can’t help it, but I love seeing the Treasury discomfited. Through my nine years with the Sustainable Development Commission they set up so many barriers to promoting more sustainable economic growth, did so many foolish things, and missed so many opportunities, that I...
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20. 04. 2009
This is going to be one hell of a week. Big announcement on industrial policy from DECC today, followed by the Budget on Wednesday. And despite the fact that most of the discussion will – understandably – be focussed on the state of the public finances, budget cuts and...
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28. 11. 2008
All sorts of things about the Pre-Budget Report are to be wholeheartedly welcomed – not least the Labour Party's re-discovery of the moral case for redistribution – or 'fairness', as they choose to describe it. Hang on in there a little bit longer, and they’ll soon re-discover...
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29. 04. 2008
Writing entirely in my personal capacity (ie without any Government, charitable or business hat on), I am bound to say that nothing I have heard over the last few weeks has in any way diminished my sense of horror at the prospect of Boris as Mayor of London. He may well be a...
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28. 03. 2008
I blame London’s taxi-drivers personally. How else can one possibly explain the lead over Ken Livingstone that Boris Johnson has apparently taken in the polls for the London Mayoral Election? On the rare occasions that I have to endure a ride with a garrulous cabbie, any...
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