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Why one-man plays are all the rage

Well, it’s nice to feel on trend. The Today programme this morning carried an item on the popularity of one-man and one-woman theatre shows,...

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Are we really reaching ‘farmaggedon’?

I happened to be walking in the Cambridgeshire fens this morning while listening to the latest instalment of ‘farmageddon’ – the narrative that...

12.04.2024 1

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The irresponsibility of ‘two years to save the planet’

Hurrah, we can all relax. We have been granted an extra two years to save the planet. So suggested Simon Stiell, executive secretary of the United...

11.04.2024 4

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The truth about ‘boardroom diversity’

We all know that increasing the diversity of your boardroom increases the success of your company because politicians, business leaders and academics...

11.04.2024 9

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Sadiq Khan has failed to cut London traffic

What was that about Sadiq Khan’s expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) supposedly helping to reduce our dependence on cars and...

10.04.2024 4

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What’s the truth about Sure Start?

Labour, unsurprisingly, is crowing about a paper published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies claiming that Tony Blair’s Sure Start centres...

09.04.2024 1

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The problem with Rachel Reeves’ non-dom tax plan

By abolishing non-dom status, Jeremy Hunt was supposed to have clipped the wings of the shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves. Given that she had already...

09.04.2024 4

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Why do teachers think they can ban Ofsted?

There is one thing that seems to have gone missing from the campaign by the National Education Union (NEU) to abolish Ofsted: children. They hardly...

04.04.2024 5

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Don’t trust Labour to build houses

Could a promise of more housebuilding win an election, or does the Nimby vote still rule the shires? Labour, it seems, has decided the former. The...

03.04.2024 3

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House prices aren’t falling any time soon

The thing about having three prominent house prices indices, all of which publish monthly figures, is that they are forever telling conflicting...

02.04.2024 4

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Why the council tax rise on second homes helps no one

What a surprise. Given the choice of whether or not to double council tax for second home owners from next April, 153 English councils have already...

01.04.2024 4

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Martin Lewis is wrong about the ‘energy poll tax’

Given that a fair proportion of the UK public seem to want Martin Lewis to be prime minister, the government might well hesitate to dismiss the Money...

01.04.2024 6

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Thames Water proves privatisation has failed

Why do the Conservatives find it so difficult to admit that the privatisation of public utilities has in many cases been a disaster? It was supposed...

28.03.2024 10

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Low energy / You’re not being paranoid: smart meters are out to get you

If anyone was still in doubt as to why the government is keen to press ‘smart’ meters onto us, those doubts will surely now be dispelled by the...

26.03.2024 2

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The pension triple lock is a drain on the taxpayer

Jeremy Hunt’s promise that the Conservative manifesto will protect the ‘triple lock’ on the state pension is a desperate measure to appeal to...

25.03.2024 4

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Britain’s high street is still stuck in recession

So, is the recession over? The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) retail sales figures show that sales volumes were flat in February, when many...

22.03.2024 6

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Gove’s ‘war on landlords’ is not going to plan

Levelling up the housing market, it is fair to say, is not quite going according to plan. Rents in the year to February, the Office for National...

21.03.2024 10

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Jeremy Hunt should listen to James Dyson

All Sir James Dyson wanted was to do what hundreds of business people and lobbyists have done before him: spend a little time with the Chancellor of...

20.03.2024 5

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Ed Miliband’s dangerous net zero fantasy

Ed Miliband set Labour back a decade when he not only failed to win the 2015 general election but went backwards, losing a net 26 seats and helping to...

19.03.2024 10

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The middle classes let Banksy get away with vandalism

This is a tale of two murals: one painted on the side of a building in Greenwich by an artist commissioned by the owner, the other scrawled on a...

18.03.2024 3

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Vaughan Gething’s Covid failures

A man who has the honour of being his country’s first leader from an ethnic background but who comes to office with the baggage of a questionable...

16.03.2024 5

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How WFH engineers caused an air traffic control meltdown

How lovely that engineers working for National Air Traffic Services (Nats) can work from home rather than having to slog it in to the company’s...

14.03.2024 3

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Who is going to pay for Rishi’s new gas power stations?

The problem with intermittency of wind and solar energy is so obvious that you wonder why is has taken the Prime Minister this long to work out that...

12.03.2024 10

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‘Levelling up’ is finished

Just what has the government done to try to retain the Red Wall vote? It seemed when they won a majority of 80 in 2019, thanks largely to a big...

05.03.2024 10

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Why are UK shares doing so badly?

What is wrong with UK shares? While the US, European and Japanese stock markets reach new highs, UK markets are stuck in a deep rut. The FTSE 1000 is...

04.03.2024 3

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Is Amnesty right that Britain has a black mould epidemic?

Are large numbers of children in Britain being killed by black mould in their homes? That seems to be the assertion made by Amnesty International in a...

01.03.2024 6

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The farce of burning wood pellets

When is the government going to stop pretending that chopping down trees in North American forests and shipping them across the Atlantic to burn them...

29.02.2024 8

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Rabbit / How Hunt’s Budget could put Starmer in a bind

Time was when a chancellor had to resign for leaking the Budget – Hugh Dalton famously lost his job after telling a reporter a few details of what...

27.02.2024 20

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Hot air / John Kerry has unwittingly exposed the climate change wheeze

Here’s a good wheeze: prod every last inch of your own country, open the taps and become the world’s largest producer of fossil fuels. Then, when...

26.02.2024 3

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Can the EU survive another five years of Ursula von der Leyen?

Ursula von der Leyen came to the post of President of the European Commission five years ago with a less than glittering reputation. Martin Schulz,...

26.02.2024 7

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Unreliable renewables will soon force energy prices higher

It is of course good news that the Ofgem price cap for a dual fuel household bill will fall from £1,928 to £1,690 from April (that is the bill paid...

23.02.2024 4

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There are not enough houses to cope with high migration

Why is housing still so expensive in Britain? Conservative MP and former levelling-up minister Neil O’Brien has produced a set of statistics which...

22.02.2024 3

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The failed Trident missile launch is a big embarrassment for Britain

With Keir Starmer having rid the Labour party of its Corbynite doctrines, Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent would not be expected to feature...

21.02.2024 20

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Andrew Bailey: Britain’s recession may already be over

We’re not cutting interest rates because we think the recession may already be over and we’re not even sure we are in recession anyway. That was...

20.02.2024 7

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Michael Gove could be about to trash the tourist industry

Just why did Michael Gove campaign for Brexit? I thought he was selling us a future with a more entrepreneurial attitude and less meddlesome...

19.02.2024 4

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Did lockdowns cause more harm than good?

The question of whether lockdowns caused more problems than they solved will be picked over for years to come, even if the official Covid-19 inquiry...

18.02.2024 20

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Shoppers are falling out of love with online shopping

Maybe the Office for National Statistics should stop seasonally adjusting its data. That is the lesson from today’s retail sales figures, which...

16.02.2024 8

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Britain’s unemployment figures can’t be trusted

Britain’s unemployment statistics are unreliable, and the Office of National Statistics is experimenting with a new method of counting the number of...

14.02.2024 3

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Trump’s madness will strengthen Nato

‘Appalling and unhinged’ was Joe Biden’s (or at least the White House’s) verdict on Donald Trump’s remarks that he might actually encourage...

12.02.2024 7

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The renewables bubble has burst

It wasn’t so long ago that Orsted was being held up as an example of how oil and gas companies should handle the transition to clean energy. In...

11.02.2024 6

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