Articles tagged with David Cameron
by Francesca Preece / 07 Mar 2012 11:04
This week a Treasury source let slip that voters actually backed a government policy.
A new poll says 77% of voters support the Conservative plan to scrap benefits for those earning over £42,000 a year.
While Labour and Liberal types bemoan the plight of the expectant mothers, it seems the nation is finally in line with its government on something.
Let’s face it, child benefit costs us a fortune. While
by Alexander Wickham / 05 Mar 2012 10:17
The Prime Minister has just announced his resignation. With Machiavellian flair, government troublemaker-in-chief Sir Humphrey Appleby convinces party chairman Jim Hacker that he should enter the running to replace him. Naturally, he cannot be seen to declare his prime ministerial aspirations. Asked by his colleagues whether he considers himself the best man for the job, Hacker replies: ‘I have absolutely no ambitions in that direction, my children are reaching the age where my wife
by Amber Elliott / 29 Feb 2012 12:55
An engagement proposal is usually a private, magical moment. But David Cameron's use of the leap year tradition had nothing to do with a happy ending.
Using the 29 February as an excuse to break parliamentary tradition, he asked the Labour leader: "Isn't it time he told us what he is for?"
Miliband didn't get an opportunity to respond – the surprise proposal came after his last question.
But from that
by Caroline Crampton / 23 Feb 2012 16:47
The London Somalia conference has just concluded, with David Cameron taking centrestage at a press conference at the Foreign Office. Much of what was said was to be expected - the prime minister of Somalia's transitional federal government welcomed the possibility of "targeted" air strikes, while Cameron refused to commit to any kind of intervention - but there were a couple of points that were of interest.
Asked why this conference was being
by Ben Duckworth / 22 Feb 2012 13:07
This was the hardest-fought PMQs for some time. For a third PMQs running, it was the NHS that dominated the session. It was split into two halves, because once the leaders’ spats had reached the end of their allotted questions and responses, PMQs lasted a whopping 37 minutes. Will the Speaker introduce a guillotine or be happy for it to continue becoming so long?
However, David Cameron wasn’t forced onto the back foot
by Matthew Rhodes / 17 Feb 2012 11:05
David Cameron’s speech in Scotland yesterday about the future of the United Kingdom was notable for its emphasis on issues of personal and national identity as much as economic and political pragmatism.
Speaking in plain view of Edinburgh castle as he laid out his case why the sun should not yet set on the arrangements made between Scotland and England in 1707, the prime minister said the future of the United Kingdom
by Ben Duckworth / 16 Feb 2012 14:57
The PM is currently speaking to the Man of the Moment (or 2010s so far), Alex Salmond in Edinburgh. His preceding speech (read it here) provided a decent rallying call for those in England and Wales who believe Scottish independence is a very bad idea. “Our union isn’t some antique imposition. It’s living, free and adaptable,” said the PM, although he also cited the historical contributions made by Scots to the health, wealth
by Jamie Reed / 09 Feb 2012 13:24
Even partisan commentators accept that Ed Miliband has 'won' the last three bouts of Prime Minister's Questions. The Labour Leader has scored on many fronts, but where he has impressed the most is with his comprehensive battering of David Cameron's Health Bill. Red faced and unapologetic, the Prime Minister's anger grows with each passing defeat.
Cameron's stupefied fury is worsened by the knowledge that it wasn't meant to be like this. Tory strategists,
by Caroline Crampton / 09 Feb 2012 10:41
Cameron is in Sweden today, talking about how he might follow the Scandinavian example and set quotas for the number of women on company boards.
If he’s serious about considering it, it’s a very positive sign that his “responsible capitalism” rhetoric is backed up by a desire for action. Of course, it’s been emphasised that he’s attending the summit in Stockholm to “learn” from our northern neighbours. We’re still a long way from
by Ben Duckworth / 08 Feb 2012 12:58
There are times when victories at PMQs don’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. But there are times when it adds considerably to the argument. Today was one of those. It is difficult to imagine Ed Miliband causing bruises but he probably caused his greatest damage yet. There was a lot of control exerted by the Labour leader, he kept calm, spoke slowly and it was only when he started slapping his knee excitedly
by Amber Elliott / 06 Feb 2012 10:12
The Sun has these great pictures of David Cameron in its pages this morning.
They show the PM cautiously ice-skating alongside his kids Nancy, eight, and Arthur, five.
Supposedly, he put his skates on for a fund-raising rink in his constituency of Chipping Norton.
Local onlookers report that Cameron did not fall over... but he doesn't quite look like Torvill or Dean, does he?
by Ben Duckworth / 03 Feb 2012 12:43
On Tuesday night, the energy and climate change secretary was standing in the canteen in the basement of his DECC department. He appeared relaxed and upbeat, and discussed why he believed he was right to continue DECC’s legal fight over feed-in tariffs, which has now reached the Supreme Court. Now a very different legal battle has ended Chris Huhne’s frontbench political career. The Crown Prosecution Service’s announcement of charges against the now former cabinet