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Ed Balls makes a lacklustre start as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Andrew Grimson, writing in the Telegraph, is dismissive of Ed Balls' first speech in his new position:

"The banality...

11:02 AM July 11, 2007

Are genuine tax cuts coming our way?

Today's Financial Times reports that the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne signalled yesterday that the Conservative Party will be going...

10:46 AM July 11, 2007

Non-job of the week

Smilingbin Something’s happening at Bradford...

10:32 AM July 11, 2007

The TaxPayers' Alliance Guide to the New Cabinet

We take a brief look at the new Cabinet, and show that its members either have a long history of...

10:10 AM July 11, 2007

Tax Freedom Day in Germany

The German version of the TaxPayers' Alliance - Bund der Steuerzahler - reckons Tax Freedom Day there falls next...

8:21 PM July 10, 2007

Money spent for no good purpose by those who don't know

An article in the

8:03 PM July 10, 2007

Rewards for failure expose hypocrisy of the politicians

The Department for Work and Pensions announced today that there will be a 5% cut in the funding of the...

4:05 PM July 10, 2007

Cuts imposed by Whitehall will mean council tax increases

11:03 AM July 10, 2007

Latest criticism of the Olympics by the PAC

It’s already four times over budget and today the Olympics get another a rap on the knuckles, this...

10:56 AM July 10, 2007

Do chips make us healthier?

...not if they are microchips that hold your medical information.  According to new American research reported today, electronic health records...

10:40 AM July 10, 2007

Regional Development Agencies face the axe

In an interview with today's Financial Times, Shadow Business Secretary Alan Duncan said that Regional Development Agencies must "justify...

10:16 AM July 10, 2007

Lessons in incompetence

The revision of the secondary school curriculum for England announced today includes the teaching of basic personal finances:

7:22 PM July 09, 2007

P45 to the taxman

Mistakes in the NHS

Today there have been two stories suggesting that managerial problems in the National Health Service are costing us money, getting...

3:11 PM July 09, 2007

Early thoughts on the Conservatives' tax announcements

The Conservative Party’s Social Justice Policy Group will be presenting its...

11:07 AM July 09, 2007

Weekly Waste Round-Up 66


12:39 PM July 08, 2007

Council Pay

It was reported yesterday that twelve of Cannock Chase Council’s most senior staff are costing the taxpayer £800,000. This is...

6:43 PM July 06, 2007

Costing THE pUBLIC

West Bromwich doesn’t have much to boast of these days; it has no cinema, no theatre, no swimming...

5:07 PM July 06, 2007

EU tries to raise taxes in Britain...again

Not content with import taxes which raise the price of food and clothing imported from outside the EU, nor with...

11:08 AM July 06, 2007

Concerns over Conservative economic policy

Two interesting pieces have appeared in the last few days on Gordon Brown and David Cameron's approaches to taxation and...

10:49 AM July 06, 2007

Latest Public Administration Disaster

“The reform...

7:40 PM July 05, 2007

The Public Accounts Committee on the Child Support Agency

The Public Accounts Committee today reported on the disastrous history of the Child Support Agency.  By October 2006, one...

6:54 PM July 05, 2007

Alan Johnson to review Healthcare

The Telegraph is not impressed by the review of the NHS that the new Health Secretary Alan Johnson has...

6:10 PM July 05, 2007

A gimmick or real local democracy?

We can be forgiven for being a bit sceptical about Gordon Brown’s initiative to make local spending subject to local...

5:49 PM July 05, 2007

Costing THE pUBLIC

West Bromwich doesn’t have much to boast of these days; it has no cinema, no theatre, no swimming pool...

3:19 PM July 04, 2007

Alistair Darling promises stability

In an interview today with the Financial Times Alistair Darling responded to calls for change in the tax treatment...

12:16 PM July 04, 2007

Gordon Brown's constitutional tinkering won't restore trust in government

When Ken Clarke's Democracy Taskforce reported recently the TaxPayers' Alliance wrote for ConservativeHome:

"Unmanageable departments combined with inexperienced and...

11:53 AM July 04, 2007

Non-job of the week

This week’s Guardian treasure-trove comes up with a gem of a non-job.  Charnwood borough council has advertised for a ‘director...

11:02 AM July 04, 2007

Armed Forces struggling to cope with overstretch

The Telegraph today:

"The report declares: "The impact of continuous
downsizing, pressures and overstretch is affecting the [defence]

11:36 AM July 03, 2007

Low pass rate feared with new vocational diploma

In the Telegraph today we learn that there are fears for the new vocational diplomas that the government is...

11:29 AM July 03, 2007

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