George Osborne ignored the well-justified caution which had kept minimum wage rises so modest, and the evidence that his ploy will harm employment growth.
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Plus: Labour goes all Smethwick in Copeland. And: Sky News dumbs down at breakfast.
In the last year he has lost much of his grassroots support and a powerful patron, leaving him without political armour.
The harsh truth is that, nearly seven years into Conservative-led Government, we are still living beyond our means.
To make STPs work, Ministers need to have the courage of their convictions. That starts with the NHS and social care budget, of which STPs should take full control.
Children lose out, and there’s a knock-on elder care, too.
Most of the latter are used to trying to stop rebellions, not start them.
Macmillan’s efforts succeeded because Churchill backed him fully. The Communities Secretary is not in the same happy position with May.
“The Government has chosen – and I respect this decision – not to make the economy the priority.”
The recently departed Prime Minister is re-emerging – and working on his memoirs. He will want to project his greatest achievement: public service reform.
The vast majority of people are neither Not-In-My-Backyarders nor Yes-In-My-Backyarders but Maybe-In-My-Backyarders.
Too many people have seen little wage growth in over two decades, and remain in insecure jobs with no prospect of in-work progression.
The industrial strategy has a welcome focus on education. But will it live up to its claim of modernity?
There is still some way to go before we can be sure this is a truly new approach, and not a return to what has been tried before.
Ministers are likely to find a stake valuable – and may find it useful for targeted infrastructure spending.
It would be wrong to assume you can simply sweep reducing poverty into a wider social mobility plan: they are not the same.