Heseltine report blasts coalition

Lord Heseltine publishes no-holds-barred report challenging government policy on range of issues including immigrationLord Heseltine will on Wednesday deliver an explosive critique of the government’s economic policy when he publishes a six-month study commissioned by Downing Street that dismisses deregulation as the sole path to growth and lambasts Whitehall for the lack of a coherent […]
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Jobs: Making it easier to fire people is no way to solve unemployment | Observer editorial

A clapped-out ideology penalises those who have been thrown on to the scrap heapUnemployment in Britain stands at 2.59 million. That may be mercifully lower than many experts might expect it to be, given the stagnant state of the economy. But it still means a million more people are now searching for a job than […]
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Casting ahead to the 2015 election, no party leader likes what he sees | Gavin Kelly

Politicians often don’t get to fight the election they want, but our economic deterioration is already giving the next campaign the look of a nightmareAs the Westminster tempo cranks up, just as the marvel of the Olympic and Paralympic summer winds down, the main party leaders will be looking for ways of securing immediate momentum. […]
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The coalition’s not a happy marriage, but we must stay united

Reality may be dawning about the fundamental differences between the parties, but Britain needs a cohesive government now more than everThis year, 2012, might be seen as the year in which Nick Clegg and David Cameron came ruefully to terms with the fact that the parties they actually do lead are not the parties they […]
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Beecroft proposals: how Tory donor’s radical blueprint split the government

Insiders suggest Cameron’s team initially keen on some proposals despite opposition from ministers including CableIt started with a call to Vince Cable’s business department from two of the government’s most influential forces – the prime minister’s policy guru, Steve Hilton, and the Tory cabinet office fixer, Oliver Letwin.As so often, the coalition’s Red Tape Challenge […]
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Coalition politics: tangled up in blue | Editorial

Both the weather and the political mood in May 2012 are now a world away from the sunnier climes and promises of May 2010Both the weather and the political mood in May 2012 are now a world away from the sunnier climes and blithe promises of May 2010. And a tractor factory in Basildon is […]
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Cameron and Clegg defiant as they reaffirm commitment to coalition

PM and his deputy insist they will stick with cuts plan and strive for growth as pressure mounts from Labour and their own partiesDavid Cameron has insisted that the coalition is “as important and necessary today as it was two year ago” as he and Nick Clegg launched a fightback in the wake of grim […]
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Cameron and Clegg go on offensive over cuts

Joint speeches aim to halt critics from left and right, with renewed emphasis on seeking growth as pressure risesThe prime minister and his deputy will defy critics on all sides by declaring in joint speeches on Tuesday that “there can be no going back” on the unpopular task of slashing government spending and debt.But in […]
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