Author Archives: Daniel Wright

The Independent View: Osborne’s small beer budget

There are, at most, 777 days until the next UK General Election. Today’s Budget was the last real chance to introduce measures that will have time to create a real impact before then. This, however, was not a Budget designed to alter the path of the economy in any dramatic way:  the Coalition has never veered far from the course set at the Spending Review almost three years ago. Instead, this was a narrow Budget, full of small measures.

That is not to say that this Budget is not important in terms of the next election. Small as its measures were, …

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The Independent View: Cameron’s European vision and the Liberal Democrat opportunity

Not sallying forth to Amsterdam, but in the more functional surroundings of Bloomberg Europe in London, David Cameron has finally given forth his vision for the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU. Despite the context of the speech as a necessary manoeuvre to shore up support for Cameron from his hardline eurosceptic backbenchers and head off a UKIP challenge, the prime minister clearly made a great effort to ensure he sounded reasonable and moderate. Who could disagree with a vision of a more efficient, effective and accountable EU?

In this, Cameron made an astute address, in terms of his …

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Opinion: The autumn statement was constrained by a lack of both ambition and funds

Today we witnessed a government and a chancellor with a lack of wiggle room writhing around to the best of their ability. George Osborne was on surprisingly good form compared to the blundered budget, and Ed Balls was insipid in a response that seemed to ignore the forecasts and measures just outlined before him. Nevertheless, even with the chancellor on song and his opposite number off-key, it will be difficult for the coalition to use the statement as much of a turning point in the narrative of this government.

Whilst both parties would like the press and the public to be …

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The Independent View: Cameron changes his choir, but the song remains the same

Reshuffles are necessary, even if they largely amount to political theatre. Few outside the Westminster bubble pay much attention, and they rarely herald wholesale policy shifts, but they are a key weapon in a Prime Minister’s arsenal in terms of placating backbenchers and stamping some authority on an administration. The most effective political operators of modern times used reshuffles masterfully; Margaret Thatcher cleared her Cabinet of ‘wets’ in 1981, instigating the most radical period of her administration.

So, how did Cameron’s first major reshuffle go? The key outcome is the failed attempt to shift Iain Duncan Smith to the Justice Department …

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  • User AvatarTCO 26th May - 3:10pm
    Is he from the House of Orange (Book)?
  • User AvatarRoland 26th May - 2:51pm
    Michael "I think that the first uses are likely to be public transport/taxi like applications – a taxi but without the expense of drivers." Well...
  • User AvatarThe Professor 26th May - 2:42pm
    As a software developer I am fully aware that the leading edge technology soon becomes the bleeding edge technology. So let Google explore all the...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 26th May - 2:26pm
    Squabbles between public schoolboy toffs - and shouts of "fight, fight" from small fry who hold their coats are of little relevance in the real...
  • User AvatarDavid Faggiani 26th May - 2:10pm
    I like the approach this article takes, one of identifying a goal (Basic Income) and then setting out policy steps to get closer to it....
  • User AvatarRoland 26th May - 2:10pm
    @Tobi - sorry, my point was the existing measures and incentives and supportive government words, seem to be sufficient to encourage technology R&D investment into...