Measuring people’s incomes needs to be part of measuring progress – but we need to be careful, because different measures give different results.
And the axeing of the Victoria Derbyshire Show suggests that the next Director General must be a transformational one.
Also: Spotlight on the literal handful of MPs providing Stormont’s entire opposition; and Scottish Tories offer a budget deal to the SNP.
Try to please everyone and you end up pleasing nobody. Even Lisa Nandy, who seems more alert than most of her rivals, has fallen into this trap.
By the time May finally stepped down, I was concerned about the future of our parliamentary democracy. What a waste of well over three years.
A new study by a former senior adviser to two Tory Chancellors gets itself back to front. Inequality is not so much a cause of processes as a consequence.
Listening to conversations in Westminster in recent days, I fear a number of misconceptions will drive bad decision-making.
Withdrawal from the EU provides a necessity and an opportunity to illustrate that the UK is “open for business”.
I’m looking forward to helping put some local and national issues on the table when I make mine later today.
As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
Also: Scottish Conservative leadership candidates set out how they’ll take the fight to the SNP; Jack says no referendum re-run in Sturgeon’s lifetime.
Within Tehran’s divided and vengeful establishment, the race is on to avoid blame. But the regime as a whole has been found wanting.
I have lost count as to how many Tories I have recently met who assume that we will be in power for the next ten to fifteen years. That worries me.
We in the regions must accept that it will be up to us to provide the detailed data that will help to monitor the success of investment made.
This imbalance is driven by the core science budget: the Research Councils (which fund projects) and Quality Related “QR” funding, which universities allocate.
Plus: What Johnson was supposed to do about Iran from Number Ten that he couldn’t do from Mustique is mysterious. I imagine that it has phones and the internet.
Also: Struggle to succeed Corbyn puts spotlight on Labour divisions over Scotland; and Jack has even more reasons than he gives to refuse Sturgeon’s referendum demands.
The parents we have most consistently let down are those we have not empowered to demand more for their children. That must change.
During the years when the West sought to draw Iran back into the comity of nations, the ayatollahs backed terrorist bombs, cyberattacks, and drone shootings.
“Bad management” or “the wrong skills” or “incompetent people” are held up as the root cause of bad government.My central gripe is that I doubt this is true.
Get a deal on the future relationship in a mere 11 months will be challenging, but it is not impossible.
I suggest the necessary first priority is to sort out the Stamp Duty mess. I would like to see it abolished on residential property.
We need to build long-term trust to hold seats like this one. We can win again – but we must deliver.
Plus: The landslide that few dared to predict. How I once tried to become Monmouth’s MP. And: Happy Christmas to all my readers
The Party actually gained ground in both nations – but the Scots were overtaken by a Nationalist surge, whilst the Welsh were not.
A separate department was right for the stable, hopeful 1990s. But the years have presented various challenges for which it is less well-suited.
The Prime Minister was right to say many voters have only ‘lent’ us their votes. We must now earn that trust, by ensuring the benefits of life in a post-Brexit Britain reach all communities.
Can have a bold enough economic policy that people in these newly gained seats can see the difference in five years’ time?
The Welsh Political Barometer, for example, forecasts a great night for the Conservatives. They can’t both be right.
What vocabulary is left for a choice like the one we face tomorrow? We have no words to convey the magnitude.