To shrink the state to an institution with a limited or no capacity to govern is taking a big risk

While deep cuts to public services have already been made by the coalition government, there are even deeper cuts on the way. But an ultra slim state will fail, argues Gerry Stoker. We need politicians brave enough to make the case for the state. Will we notice when the state is gone? The plans of the current UK coalition government revealed in […]

2014 will be the year of living nervously for all of Britain’s main political parties

Looking ahead to what 2014 holds in store for Britain’s main political parties, Eunice Goes writes that this year will test David Cameron’s leadership skills to the limit with the European parliament elections, the Scottish referendum, and potential interest rate hikes by the Bank of England looming. On the other hand, she predicts life will not be much easier for the leader […]

A cap on welfare further threatens disabled people’s living standards

Ellie Brawn argues that by including disability benefits in an arbitrary, short-termist cap on welfare spending, the economic recovery trumpeted by Georges Osborne is one that excludes disabled people. Last week’s Autumn Statement signalled a further squeeze on disabled people’s living standards. On top of the £28 billion worth of support that will be taken way from disabled people by 2017, […]

The economic balancing we really need is a shift from big to small business

The UK economy is overwhelmingly dominated by large, and often very large, organisations. Small business is seen as a ‘good thing’ but rarely is its relative weakness seen as a systemic problem. Adam Lent calls on George Osborne to recognise the economic game will be fairer, more stable and creative when power and resources are distributed more widely to more players. So […]

What the Chancellor won’t say on Thursday: The UK’s economic recovery is unsustainable

With positive economic news dominating headlines of late, this Thursday’s autumn statement is tipped to be the most optimistic in years. While George Osborne is likely to highlight upwardly revised growth figures he will also likely ignore that these figures are riding on the back of unsustainable household spending. With income falling in real terms, this upward growth is being […]

Book Review: In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government

Matthew d’Ancona is the Sunday Telegraph’s chief political commentator, and a man with near unmatched access amongst the journalistic fraternity to George Osborne and David Cameron’s inner circle. As such, his detailed account of the first three years of the Coalition Government make for interesting reading, even if he declines to put the Government’s record under sustained scrutiny, writes Sean […]

What George Osborne and Boris Johnson’s visit to China means for economic and trade relations

In a recent visit, George Osborne and Boris Johnson rolled out the red carpet to Chinese businesses and banks. Among other deals, Osborne surprised many by leaving the door open for Chinese banks to operate as branches rather than subsidiaries in London, which would enable them to avoid being regulated by UK regulators. Kerry Brown writes that the UK stands to […]

‘Turning a corner’, austerity rhetoric and the Green New Deal: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

News that the economy is finally gathering strength allowed George Osborne to declare with glee that the UK was ‘turning a corner’ and that his austerity programme is working as he promised. On Azizonomics, John Aziz writes that “A tiny uptick after a huge and long depression is barely anything to celebrate. It is a probabilistic certainty that after falling off a cliff […]

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