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Health policy

In 2009-10, Labour’s last year in office, health spending (on NHS England) was £97.6bn. There have been rises each year since, taking the total to a forecast £111.8bn in 2015-16.  So much for the story of endless cuts. There were cuts in the bureaucracy under the Coalition’s changes made in the first half of the […]

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I cease to be an MP tomorrow. Once Parliament is dissolved all MPs lose office and cease to qualify for salary or expenses. This website is not an MP website, but my personal website paid for out of my own income. I will continue to run it during the election period. Any previous reference on […]

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Can you live on a zero hours contract?

This is one of the sillier questions in modern politics. All sensible parties and politicians want people to have well paid jobs. We all recognise you need a decent income to meet all the household bills, and all main parties support a range of top up benefits to help those in low paid employment. No […]

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Seats and votes – the two main parties start to rise

The last General election brought a new low for the combined vote of the Conservative and Labour parties. It was no wipe out or complete meltdown, Euro style, but it left the two sharing just 65% of the total vote. The remaining 35% of the vote meant 57 Lib Dem MPs and 28 others, mainly […]

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The cost of living

The UK used to have a bad inflation problem. UK politics in the 1970s and early 1980s was fought over rises in the cost of living and which party had the best way of  controlling it. Mr Miliband wanted to take his party on a trip down Memory lane, by making a central issue out […]

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Euro 2 billion to help Greece

  The EU came to Greece’s aid, with Euro 2bn to ease the Greek “humanitarian crisis”. It’s all part of their “too little, too late” strategy towards the Euro. Forcing Greece into the Euro prematurely was a mistake by Greece and the other members. Offering the new government 2bn Euros of charity is not going to […]

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Buying a home

  I was pleased to read in the week-end press that the Conservative Manifesto is likely to include a better right to buy offer for people renting from Housing Associations. We have been talking about this for sometime in  the Parliamentary party with Ministers. I am also pleased that the more radical idea of gifting […]

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Risk and burden sharing

  If you share a country with others, you sign up to sharing burdens and risks. It also means you sign up to sharing successes and riches. In Europe today some of the separatist movements are from parts of countries that are richer than the rest. They get fed up with sharing their success with […]

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Greece, austerity and reform

One of the ironies of the Greek predicament is that thanks to the previous Greek government the state deficit there reached low levels, beneath the EU ceiling and considerably better than some of the countries judging the Greek response. Unfortunately for Greece the election of a higher spending government coincides with the need to repay […]

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1932 public spending

In 1932  total UK public spending was £1 397 million. If you adjust for inflation that is £82 887 million. So as the UK government this year is spending £737 100 million, what is all this nonsense about returns to the 1930s?

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