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July 6, 2015 2 Comments

BBC’s new benefits responsibility confirmed

The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has confirmed the Sunday Times story that the government is handing over responsibility for the free licence fees for the over-75s policy to the BBC.

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Greece: UK told no immediate threat to bank funding

The government will want to give clear advice to tourists heading for Greece (in a few weeks’ time that includes quite a few MPs, I understand, who have holidays booked there).

July 1, 2015 4 Comments

Heathrow report ‘steaming poo’ for Cameron – senior Tory

The pre-briefing on Sir Howard Davies’ report on airport capacity focused on the Gatwick caveat – we like Heathrow but Gatwick will do. The final report is written nothing like

June 26, 2015 2 Comments

Europe – ‘engaged’ and yet split  

David Cameron ended up getting the prestigious 11pm slot to speak for about 5 minutes about Britain’s renegotiation. A source said the Prime Minister didn’t notice if anyone had left

June 25, 2015 1 Comment

EU referendum – the battle edges closer

Those mighty struggles that the EU is wrestling with today – Greece and migration – go to the heart of the “out” campaigners best hopes of winning.

June 24, 2015 3 Comments

Alexis Tsipras has his homework thrown back at him by IMF

The IMF like their emergency economic plans from debtor countries pretty heavy on the spending cuts, light on the tax rises. The Tsipras plan was the very opposite.

June 23, 2015 No Comments

EU renegotiation: what next and who matters

If David Cameron demands a lot of time from leaders at this week’s EU summit, he risks looking like someone knocking on the door asking for milk when the neighbours’ house is on

June 22, 2015 4 Comments

Rolling the pitch for tax credit rollback

The government is acutely aware that some of the voters critical to its victory in swing seats were workers at the lower end of the pay scale who were claiming tax credits.

June 17, 2015 6 Comments

Chilcot Iraq report may be delayed until May 2016

There’s an update from Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq Inquiry – but you may feel it doesn’t shed much light…

June 16, 2015 1 Comment

Tory rebellion on Europe: a sign of strength or weakness?

The big debate now is over a renegotiation which will be followed by a giant safety valve for backbench discontent: their longed-for referendum.

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