George Osborne made a bogeyman of buy-to-let landlords, but making it harder and more expensive to supply rental housing is deeply counter-productive.
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If the Northern Irish Office is manifestly unwilling to move towards direct rule, it has no leverage against Ulster’s recalcitrant legislators.
His toothless policy towards the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein has created an unsustainable democratic vacuum in Northern Ireland.
If part of the country can walk out on its responsibilities to the rest at any time, fundamental functions of the Union will cease to operate.
Also: Brokenshire announces progress in Ulster devolution talks; Plaid Cymru break off compact with Labour; and Northern Irish Speaker accused of paramilitary links.
The new rules require rebels to strike openly and in strength. Trying to get around them and do things the old-fashioned way… doesn’t work.
The idea that a citizen is the ultimate owner of their own bodies is seldom popular with today’s policymakers, so how will we guard it against tomorrow’s?
Richard Ashworth and Julie Girling apparently believe that the UK has not made ‘sufficient progress’ on Brussels’ check-list.
Johnson leads our Next Tory Leader category…but makes no progress in our Cabinet League Table. The reason? He divides opinion.
Davis, Gove, and Fallon make up the top three again, but satisfaction levels overall are low. And Davidson is out-polling every Cabinet member.
Also: Prison reform campaigner compares Wales to Australia; Foster praises May’s speech; Scottish Labour leadership challengers urge party to vote down Brexit deal.
Also: DUP dig in their heels in Stormont dispute; and Scottish Labour leadership challenger credits Corbyn with party’s revival.
Cameron’s insistence on binding Britain to the OECD has undermined not just May’s vision for overseas development, but his own.
Shorter sitting hours, time-limited speeches, and procedural changes have all made the Commons less effective. If Bercow wants to fix it he should start there.
Also: Scottish Tories offer to mediate with Holyrood as devolved governments try to block the Withdrawal Bill; and a loyalist paramilitary group bids to be legalised.
The Government is seeking recognition of its working majority in the Commons – and can only prevail if that majority exists.