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    Breaching the welfare cap is actually good news for the Conservatives

Breaching the welfare cap is actually good news for the Conservatives

On the face of it, the news that the government’s welfare spending cap will be breached for the first three years of this Parliament is a major embarrassment for George Osborne’s Treasury. But Kate Alexander Shaw explains that despite being a failed policy in the short-term, the welfare cap still shapes the debate in support of lower welfare spending.

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    HS3 is unlikely to be enough to provide an effective counterbalance to London

HS3 is unlikely to be enough to provide an effective counterbalance to London

This week George Osborne proposed building high speed rail links between northern cities, dubbed HS3, in order to establish a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ to rival London. Henry Overman chews over the Chancellor’s speech and finds that HS3 would help, but it would be expensive and it’s unlikely that it would be enough to provide an effective counterbalance to London.

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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 […]

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