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How many civil servants should it take to run the country?

1 December 2022

Last May the government, with Rishi Sunak as Chancellor, decided the civil service should be cut back to the size it was pre-Brexit.[1]  That would be a reduction of about 91,000 or £6.9 billion growing annually with salary increases not to mention (as government rarely does) the whopping unfunded consequential pensions. That remained the policy… [Read More]

Don’t listen to the spin, we’re cutting defence spending

22 November 2022

During last week’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor praised the Armed Forces in one breath, whilst also failing to fund the British military to the level which it is required to operate. Announcing that defence spending confirmation would have to wait until the new ‘review of the review’ is conducted, sometime likely next spring, he hinted… [Read More]

Why public debt should be taken much more seriously

‘Sustainable public finances provide the stability and confidence that underpin the economy, supporting businesses and households across the country. By taking the responsible decisions needed to achieve fiscal sustainability, the government is providing the necessary conditions for economic growth.’ If you recognise this, well done for reading last Thursday’s Autumn Statement. This is the first… [Read More]

Compassion is a dangerous new phrase to shut down debate on welfare

Compassion is the latest meaningless, feel-good gobbledygook used by campaigners to shut down serious political discussion on welfare reform. Welfare is one of the most expensive things any government does. Payments to the sick, unemployed and low waged will total £142 billion next year. Only pensions and healthcare are more expensive. We’re at risk of… [Read More]

Unlocking the Triple Lock

Out of date. Out of time. But not yet out of favour (in Westminster). The Chancellor’s decision to protect the triple lock on pensions last week, in a statement that promised radical spending cuts across the rest of the board, was a blasé wave of the proverbial middle finger in the direction of Britain’s working… [Read More]

Going for decline

Kwasi Kwarteng was lambasted for turning No10 from a ‘nightclub into a casino’ as he banked on a plan for growth via a series of mild tax cuts, leaving borrowing to fill any shortfalls in state spending. Yet, Andrew Marr described the Autumn Statement thus: ‘Sunak and Hunt hope that talking tough will lead the… [Read More]

Children in Care and Higher Education

22 September 2022

Progression to Higher Education In the year 2020/21, a total of 234,590 pupils under 19 progressed into a Higher Education (HE) institution – only 510 of these pupils had been looked after in care continuously for 12 months or more at 31 March 2017. This means that of all children continuously looked after for 12… [Read More]

Why the health service works in France

28 April 2022

The Nation’s Health not the National Health Service should be the priority of government. As an Englishman living in France who worked in the NHS some long time ago, it is of great sadness to me that political dogma and the refusal to accept criticism of what has become a national icon manages to blank… [Read More]

Inclusive Britain: is the identitarian blob subverting government plans?

24 March 2022

In Inclusive Britain, the Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch, has fought back against the dominant divisive identity politics of our time and defended the liberal-conservative ideal of the individual guided by personal responsibility and public spirit. Racial identitarianism portrays people as members of groups defined by their superficial outward appearance. It discourages individuals from seizing… [Read More]

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