Merkel’s sixteen years are marked by high poll ratings but few concrete achievements, and a discreditable closeness to dictators.
Ben Southwood: Why planning reform may work this time round, delivering us the new homes that we need
The key theme in the Planning White Paper is local consent, which could unlock the door to new development.
Gavin Williamson: Skills, jobs and freedom. My priorities for this week’s Queen’s Speech – and the year ahead.
Our new Lifelong Loan Entitlement will give everyone the equivalent of four years of post-18 education to use over their lifetime.
Fjolla Krasniqi: As we bounce back from Covid-19, ministers must not neglect the loneliness epidemic
Studies have also shown that loneliness can be as fatal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or obesity. Urgent action is needed.
Elliot Colburn: Disabled children and families have been hit hard by Covid. Now they must get the support they need.
We need specific, ring-fenced funding for them – which we on the Women and Equalities committee have been calling for.
The Government’s response to the proposed evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and the violence in the Al-Aqsa mosque show that it has been living a lie for years.
Jonathan Werran: As recent local elections showed, the mayoral revolution has been a success. Now it must roll on.
The role of strong local leadership here cannot be underestimated in galvanizing place prosperity.
By uniting behind Johnson’s plan, and replicating the approach of these two mayors, the the environment can become a winning issue for the party.
Enver Solomon: There is a wider lesson in Jihyun Park’s Conservative story for the Government’s refugee policy
Under the government’s New Plan for Immigration, there is a risk that people like her will be turned away, or only given temporary protection.
It now needs to get real. This is clearly the plan in the next few months, starting with the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, leading to the Levelling Up paper.
It despises the very values of patriotism and economic self-improvement that made people like my grandparents vote for them.
Robin Hodgson: In 50 years, our population will have increased by over 50 per cent – not counting Hong Kongers. Is this sustainable?
Both the short and long term implications of this rise are baleful. Demography is destiny – and the Government should act.
Peter Saunders: The myth of social immobility. Those who champion meritocracy are pursuing something we’ve basically already got.
The second of two pieces on ConHome this week on social mobility. How much does it matter and is it in decline?
Shrey Srivastava: Why young people should reject the folly of modern monetary theory. Along with everyone else.
Once inflation arises, reversing course is difficult. Businesses shut down or relocate, unemployment soars and we enter an economic contraction.
Gavin Rice: Local pride flourishes in Hartlepool – for all the damage wrought on residents’ lives and livelihoods.
What the statistics say, and what the director of a local charity told us at the Centre for Social Justice.