Labour's John McDonnell looks completely out of his depth as shadow chancellor and no more so than yesterday when he made another huge gaff with his Little Red Book routine and bizarre references to Chairman Mao in responding to a government statement on public spending in the House of Commons. Show More Summary
Philip Collins writing in The Times provides a searing analysis on Jeremy Corbyn and on what has been, by any standards, an absolutely awful week for the Labour Party.Now the 'looney left' have always been associated with gesture politics...Show More Summary
In the past few minutes, David Cameron has published his response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on the case… The post Cameron sets out his case for bombing Islamic State in Syria appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
As the Unison branch in South Lanarkshire ponders what to do with its £700,000 'war chest' of its members' money, said union members must be scratching their heads at the idea of employing a special Caseworker to help with local disciplinary and grievance hearings. Show More Summary
I had a great laugh when I read this BBC report on Rutherglen Labour MP, James Kelly, demanding that Celtic Football Club pay the 'living wage' to all their staff. Now I think the living wage is a good thing and although I don't know...Show More Summary
A regular reader from South Lanarkshire has been in touch to say if the local Unison branch has £700,000 tucked away in a local, then why don't members get a 'holiday' from paying their union membership fees for a year? Now it is the...Show More Summary
I am not sure, at this stage, if I can get along to the Glasgow Employment Tribunal on Monday (30 November 2015) which is due to hear arguments about amending the equal pay claims of GMB members in North Lanarkshire Council. As union...Show More Summary
John McDonnell is very peeved this morning that a stunt that he pulled in the Commons to get attention has… The post John McDonnell hasn’t worked out how to attack the government appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Broader user-chooser appeal and a wide range of cars and CVs is continuing to build Ford’s relationships in fleet Ford of Britain chairman, Andy Barratt explains to John Kendall. How does Ford see the fleet sector developing at the moment? The fleet sector is hugely important to us both on car and commercial. The car sector […]
Is bombing Isis having any effect on destroying it? In the latest View from 22 podcast, Andrew J. Bacevich and Con Coughlin discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the West’s… The post Podcast: the phoney war with Isis and the 2015 Spending Review appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Spending Review: Experts assess windfall-funded U-turn 26 November 2015 From the section UK Politics Media captionBBC editors on the Spending Review Financial experts are poring over the details of George Osborne’s Spending Review, in which he funded a U-turn on tax credit cuts with a £27bn windfall. He abandoned plans to cut credits for millions […]
Autumn Statement 2015: Tax changes in the pipeline By Anne Redston Professor of Law, King’s College London 26 November 2015 From the section Business Image copyright Thinkstock Our tax affairs will be organised digitally in the future, Chancellor George Osborne says, but it does not mean they are getting any simpler. A series of tax […]
The Vauxhall Adam was codenamed Junior during its development, harking back to a concept that was unveiled at the 1983 Frankfurt show. The original car was the work of GM’s European design studio in Germany, headed by Wayne Cherry. They were given a brief to build a “realistic studyof a future-orientated mini”. Starting with the […]
Audi is betting on the electrification of its future cars to improve real-world economy and reduce exhaust pollution, company bosses have told Autocar. The move will also allow the company to usher in some highly advanced suspension innovations as well as providing a degree of autonomy that goes beyond simple driving assistance. This shift towards […]
COP21: World Bank chief wants $16bn to help Africa on climate change By Michelle Fleury BBC business correspondent, New York 25 November 2015 From the section Business The World Bank wants to raise $16bn to help Africa adapt to climate change. By boosting the continent’s resilience to global warming and increasing renewable energy it hopes […]
HIV pill in 5,000% price rise storm will be made cheaper in US 25 November 2015 From the section Business Image copyright CBS News Image caption Turing Pharmaceuticals boss Martin Shkreli had previously defended the price raise The company that sparked an outcry by raising the price of its HIV drug in the US by […]
On this week’s episode of the PB / Polling Matters podcast Keiran discusses the 2016 US Presidential race with Democratic pollster and strategist Stan Greenberg. Stan talks about his new book ‘America Ascendant’ where he outlines the profound demographic and cultural changes that have taken place in the U.S. and why they make the Democrats […]
The Spending Review portion of George Osborne’s speech today has revealed some deep cuts to government departments. The chart above… The post In charts: the cuts by departments and where money is spent appeared first on Spectator Bl...
In the peroration of his statement today, George Osborne declared that the Tories were ‘the mainstream representatives of the working… The post Why the tax credit cuts had to go appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Back in March, The Plymouth Herald was delighted by ‘a Budget with plenty for Plymouth’. As Mark Gettleson noted on… The post Osborne’s gifts for Tory marginals – and a couple of expensive laughs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.