Monthly Archives: July 2012

Into the grey unknown

Our ageing population has been in the headlines again this week, as the row over care funding resurfaced. It will keep on resurfacing every so often as it starts to affect more and more people. This is why, as the … Continue reading

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Cameron promises law to protect niqab wearers in the workplace

Only last Autumn, the Coalition told us that employment law was a drag on the country’s economy. That was a long time ago, though, and now the government is hinting that it might bring in new regulations. Last week it … Continue reading

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Government shared services: Cost £1.4bn, savings…erm….

Government shared services are getting beaten up again. Most of the information in the Commons Public Accounts Committee’s report on government shared services was drawn from the NAO report published earlier this year (See previous post.) but it gave MPs the chance to give the … Continue reading

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The government’s defence plans depend on employer goodwill

Nothing, it seems, will be immune from the peaking of the state. Even the armed forces, the state’s original raison d’être, will be scaled back. By 2020, the government aims to have reduced the size of the army by 20 … Continue reading

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How the outlaw bikers went global

Something a bit different for the weekend. I’ve just finished reading Tony Thompson’s book Outlaws, which tells the story of Britain’s Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. It is, as you would expect, packed with stories of biking, boozing and brawling but it also … Continue reading

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The parliamentary Libor inquiry will be a walkover

We’re having a parliamentary inquiry into the banking scandal rather than a judge-led one. Based on what we’ve seen from previous parliamentary committees, we are unlikely to be much clearer by the end of it. As Mary Riddell put it: … Continue reading

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Why the government is fighting the cross-ban case

A question from David Davis to Kenneth Clarke yesterday: On 4 September, the European Court of Human Rights will hear the case of Nadia Eweida v. the United Kingdom Government. I understand that the Government are resisting the case. Miss Eweida is the lady who effectively lost … Continue reading

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