David Owen throws weight behind Labour’s reforms

David Owen throws weight behind Labour’s reforms Peer who quit the party 33 years ago hopes changes will save National Health Service.
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Adonis has a plan for schools, and you may find you like it | Martin Kettle

In the Labour peer’s vision for the state sector the academies and free schools rollout goes on, regardless of vested interestsAt a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool two years ago, the Guardian pitted two of the brainiest men in British politics against one another to debate the state of the nation. […]
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Derek Scott obituary

Former Blair adviser who foresaw dangers from the European single currencyDerek Scott, who has died from cancer aged 65, was a former economic adviser to Tony Blair in Downing Street and a first-hand witness to the obstructive and challenging attitude displayed towards the then prime minister by Gordon Brown as chancellor. What made Scott’s position unique […]
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David Owen’s EU remedy? Yes, a referendum | Michael White

The former SDP leader’s mechanism for reaching a new, more rational and stable euro-setup is actually rather ingeniousI’ve always liked David Owen, even though the former Labour foreign secretary turned breakaway SDP leader’s long career has been marred by arrogance and appalling political misjudgment. He’s clever and good fun, foxy and a bit dangerous. Seventy-four […]
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Boris Johnson: next BBC boss must be Tory

London mayor calls BBC ‘statist, corporatist, defeatist, anti-business, Europhile and overwhelmingly biased to the left’The next boss of the BBC must be a Tory, according to the mayor of London, Boris Johnson.Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said the guarantee of funding from the licence fee left BBC staff with “an innocent belief that everything […]
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Bradford West: a little respect | Editorial

This was the opposition’s seat to lose. It should have been looking to increase a majority, which instead disappearedGeorge Galloway is given to hyperbole, but he did not exaggerate in boasting that the remarkable result he had achieved in Bradford West defied all recent precedent. Byelections are routinely an opportunity for insurgent outsiders, but few […]
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NHS reforms risks: Labour’s emergency debate

Opposition’s key debate will call for internal assessment of risks posed by NHS reforms before bill is sent for royal assentLabour has been granted an emergency House of Commons debate on Tuesday in which it will call for the publication of an internal assessment of the risks posed by the proposed reforms to the NHS […]
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NHS reforms risks: Labour granted emergency Commons debate

Opposition’s key debate will call for internal assessment of risks posed by NHS reforms before bill is sent for royal assentLabour has been granted an emergency House of Commons debate on Tuesday in which it will call for the publication of an internal assessment of the risks posed by the reforms to the NHS in […]
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NHS risk registers: managing the unthinkable

There is little room for doubt that the transitional risk register, if it were published, would fuel another surge of opposition to the health and social care billThe campaign to force the health department to publish its so-called transitional risk register on the shakeup of the NHS is increasingly one of the focal points of […]
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Cameron and Miliband clash over NHS reform

Miliband tells Cameron to ‘stop wasting millions and drop the bill’ while Tory leader retorts that Miliband is an opportunistDavid Cameron delivered a passionate defence of the government’s health reforms in the face of a challenge by Ed Miliband to “stop wasting millions and drop his bill”.The prime minister made it clear his government intended […]
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