Never waste a good crisis – never was this more true than in the current Parliamentary calamity. The Conservatives have been quick to advance an agenda for reforming Parliament itself that is deeply worrying.
Cabinet Office Minister Liam Byrne has announced a new ‘Innovation Council’ to fast-track ‘front-line’ innovation.
Speaker Martin is, rightly, going to be out before the Election and the only question now is how and when. Michael Martin is not entirely to blame for the current crisis but his statement today is too little far, far, too late. He has to go because he’s more part of the problem than the […]
I hope this will be my last blog on ‘Expenses-Gate’ but I somehow doubt it – this one ‘has legs’ as the media says. (For those of you outside the UK some of this must seem positively weird – the scale of the problem is, by any rational standards, relatively small).
Confession: within 30 seconds of hearing about David Willett’s expenses claim for changing light-bulbs I’d cracked the inevitable “how many Conservative MPs does it take to change a light-bulb…” joke to my long-suffering partner.
As I have argued (see ‘The Death of Strategy in British Government’, May 5th below), the future of the Spending Review system introduced by Gordon Brown in 1998 is now in serious doubt.
John Redwood, the unreconstructed Thatcherite and leading Conservative, thinks we should be cutting about 20% off total public spending. Redwood is not in the current Shadow Cabinet, but is Chairman of their Economic Competitiveness Policy Group, and clearly still influential. And his logic is impeccable – not surprising for someone often mockingly described as a Vulcan.
First, let me say I hugely enjoyed Andrew Rawnsely’s magnificent rant in today’s Observer. It was hilarious. And it was quite right about many things.
British politics is currently consumed by a single question – how much did various Members of Parliament spend on bath-plugs and various other expenses items?
For those of you who have not seen it, the UK National School of Government’s ‘Policy Hub‘ is a useful resource.