Priti Trying to Placate 30 Angry Tory MPs Over Migrant Boat Crossings

21 May

Guido understands the Home Secretary is currently on a conference call with thirty Tory MPs demanding answers to the migrant situation in the channel as reported by Guido this morning. Guido hears she is being ‘pretty robust’ about how unacceptable the situation is to her. She is also arguing that while the UK remains in […]

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Let’s stop pretending we love our jobs

13 May

When the British government imposed a three-day working week during the oil crisis in 1973, many economists expected a productivity drop of at least 40%. It did not happen. People adjusted, worked harder and became more efficient. In the end, even though people were in work less, they were working more. Fast-forward fifty years and […]

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Patel’s Allies Fight Back

4 Mar

Another raft of allegations against Priti Patel came out last night from the Sun and Newsnight, including from her time at the Department for International Development; with the Times claiming successive permanent secretaries at the department were aware of allegations. So why did they sit on the allegations for three years?… These anonymous briefings from disgruntled civil servants came […]

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Every Home Secretary must fight the Home Office

25 Feb

Here’s a trick question: which Home Secretary has been subject to hostile briefings from within the department that they are too Right-wing, too populist, too lazy, too stupid and a bully? It’s a trick because the answer is: almost all of them. You can pretty much take your choice from any of those who have […]

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‘Abusive’ Home Office Hiring New ‘Inclusivity’ Director

24 Feb

The Home Office’s diversity unit is already twenty people strong, yet now another lucrative job is being advertised. The additional job – curious for a government that has briefed heavily it wants to streamline the civil service – will pay between £70,000 and £80,000 a year. Nice work if you can get it… The advert […]

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Boris’s Brexit deal is on the way to being passed – but there are a few areas where we need to keep vigilant

20 Dec

The General Election result finally removes all the sophists, timewasters, and referendum-poopers who have been metaphorically gluing themselves to the Brexit bus. It also provides a double mandate for the Conservative Party leadership. An unambiguous Boris majority quashes any prospects for Labour and Lib Dem guerillistas. Their referendum-repudiating manifesto turned them into oath breakers – […]

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Long read | Unsettled status? Vulnerable EU citizens may lose their UK residence overnight

27 Nov

Before the end of June 2021, EU nationals living in the UK need to apply for Settled Status (EUSS) in order to continue living and working here. Amelia Gentleman called the application process via the app the ‘’gateway between belonging and exclusion’’.  In this blog, Catherine Barnard, Fiona Costello and Sarah Fraser Butlin (University of Cambridge) claim that the importance … Continued