The public are consistently reported as being entirely relaxed about who provides their care. What matters is that it is high quality and free at the point of use.
A well-intentioned but badly designed EU law is irritating consumers and making life far harder for charities and businesses. After Brexit we will be able to fix it.
It has fascinated me since growing up in a single parent family on the outskirts of Belfast – before attending the lowest-performing secondary school in Northern Ireland.
It is not a fix-all, but I hope its measures will produce a real improvement in the number of people who become homeless in the first place.
Council committees lack independence. Local newspapers are sadly in decline. There is not the equivalent rigour to that provided by Parliament and the media nationally.
“Once we’ve categorised someone as either an oppressor or a victim, we really struggle to see that they might be more ambiguous.”
While polls show that clear majorities believe the aid budget to be too high, they continue to pour their own money into international development charities.
He replies to Soubry’s call to expel him, argues aid should be “investment rather than expenditure”, and reveals what it’s like to face “poser” masked thugs.
Taxpayers’ money has sapped the independence, and the moral responsibility, of our great charities.
“Competition doesn’t mean privatisation.” The full text of his speech to the Social Market Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Plus: Vicious Cybernats. Bolton’s brass neck. Widdecombe’s ratings. Johnson’s death wish. And: the courage of my friend Tessa Jowell.
They don’t alleviate hunger. It’s mainly middle-class children whose scores improve. And the benefits flow from the socialising, not the food.
This simple step would provide a huge boost to services which help the most vulnerable, at no cost to the taxpayer and with no risk to the National Lottery.
Our commitment to overseas development is under constant political pressure, but it enhances British soft power around the world.
There are better ways to spend money on education than on tax breaks for very expensive profit-making institutions.