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by Joseph Roberts / 26 Nov 2013 11:41
We enter the gallery above the chamber to the raucous jeering from the politicians below us. It is not exactly how it appears on the TV and my first reaction is one of shock at just how bizarre it all seems.
As we take our seats, the shouting dies down into a lull of obedience, and the booming voice of our prime minister rang throughout the room. The topic? Energy prices. A turbulent subject to
by Anoosh Chakelian / 12 Nov 2013 14:40
Lib Dem Jo Swinson, now business minister, needed the encouragement of her MP husband to ask Nick Clegg to consider her for promotion.
Labour MP Stella Creasy was flooded with phone calls from journalists asking her if women can 'have it all' when Louise Mensch - neither in her party nor in any way resembling her domestic set-up - left parliament to join her husband in America.
Tory education minister Liz Truss recalls being on
by Katie Schmuecker / 04 Nov 2013 10:46
Today marks the start of Living Wage Week. This is the week when the new Living Wage rates for London and the rest of the UK will be announced, but it’s also an important opportunity for us to focus on the related problems of low pay and in-work poverty in the UK, and what we should do about them.
Families experiencing poverty despite having some - or all - adults in work is a problem
by Jim Steer / 31 Oct 2013 10:44
Tuesday’s Strategic Case for HS2 was a significant turning point for the future of Britain’s railways. It answered critics and resoundingly reaffirmed HS2’s convincing business rationale in principle and in detail.
The case was crystal clear on what HS2 would achieve in both improving transport links and in real added value to the UK economy.
Benefits for capacity were particularly convincing. Not only for stations directly served by HS2 but for towns and cities off
by Nick Tyrone / 29 Oct 2013 15:10
Nick Clegg has spoken of his discomfort around three current areas of Free Schools policy: teacher qualifications, Core Curriculum and school meals standards. The Tories and the right wing press have bit back hard on the Deputy Prime Minister for this sudden about face. Some of it has been (predictably) overtly political, with Conservative peer Baroness Buscombe describing Clegg as “two-faced”. But some of the criticism actually does appear to be genuinely policy driven.
by Graeme Henderson / 29 Oct 2013 14:52
Yesterday saw the launch of yet another commission aimed at reviving the UK’s regional cities. Jim O’Neill, the Chair of the City Growth Commission, as a retiring Goldman Sachs banker, seems an improbable candidate for rebalancing the economy. Yet promisingly his commission will focus on infrastructure, skills and devolution rather than special incentives and tax breaks for business. The key question though is with several high profile reports over the last 12 months
by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Oct 2013 15:55
“It’s all artifice and sham,” grumbles one of two unsettlingly realistic Margaret Thatchers to the audience. The essence of Handbagged, Moira Buffini’s play sending up the Queen and former PM’s relationship, is its self-referential wit. “Whatever we say must stay between these three walls,” quips an Elizabeth II, poker-faced.
This new political satire showing at the Tricycle Theatre and sturdily directed by Indhu Rubasingham is a feast of mirroring and juxtaposing characters – with most
by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Oct 2013 13:31
"It's not easy being green," a morose puppet once sang, wearing a perpetually fixed smile while perching sorrowfully on a selection of hard green and brown benches, alone. The lyrics continue: "When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow... or something much more colourful like that."
But the only hue Kermit the Cameron was today was blue - in more ways than one. For he began singing that signature tune the moment Ed 'the Eagle'
by Sam Macrory / 22 Oct 2013 17:09
"I can say what I think now. I don't have worry at all about what I say".
So said John Major, signing off after a speech to the press gallery earlier today. He had been true to his word – and how.
For many observers – among them a handful of political journalists who were working in Parliament when Sir John was prime minister – this had been one of the most impressive speech they
by Sarah Bickerstaffe / 21 Oct 2013 16:23
It seems we cannot go a month without another report landing to shake our confidence in the NHS and social care system. From the horrors of Mid-Staffordshire to last month’s reports that death rates in the NHS may be 45% higher than in the USA, questions are being asked about the care provided in our hospitals. Overcrowded emergency departments and reports of substandard homecare add to sense of services struggling to cope.