Author Archives: Rick Muir

Independent View: two cheers for Vince

Landlords and punters across the country should be raising a glass to Vince Cable today after he announced new rules for pub companies (or pubcos) which will help local publicans in these difficult economic times.

His plans include the introduction of an independent adjudicator and a new statutory code for the industry – something I argued for in this IPPR report: Tied Down.

Pubs are an important part of the community – they’re a meeting place for family and friends and host meetings of local clubs and associations, promoting local charities and events. But they’ve faced serious demise with 16 pubs …

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The Independent View: Clegg’s Pupil Premium could be wasted

Keen to move on from the poor headlines of the last few weeks, Nick Clegg has sought to re-focus attention on his flagship social mobility agenda with a speech on the Pupil Premium.

The Pupil Premium is the government’s main policy for reducing educational inequality in schools, meaning that schools get extra funding for every child on Free School Meals (£488 this year, £600 next year). IPPR has always welcomed the Pupil Premium but have expressed concerns that it will not be spent directly on providing extra support for the children who need it. Under the current model, schools are free to spend it on whatever they like – and the majority of heads say they are using it to plug gaps in existing budgets.

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The Independent View: Restore trust to reform democracy

The crisis over MPs’ expenses has shattered trust in politicians. Trust in Parliament has never been particularly high – it has now plummeted to new depths. Our long-standing scepticism as to the motives of politicians has turned into a strongly held conviction that ‘they’re all at it’.

The silver lining is that the crisis may have opened the way for much needed constitutional reform. The Lib Dems in particular have proposed a raft of constitutional reforms as a solution to the crisis. But are we really at a constitutional turning point? And is institutional reform …

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  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 2nd Oct - 11:13am
    Yes - Matt, that would be the ideal - however the temptation to make more bizarre suggestions springs from the fact that there seems little...
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    Two years ago, I would have understood this article. Today, with the economy growing - more strongly than other major economies, unemployment plummeting, and the...
  • User Avatarmatt 2nd Oct - 10:51am
    It is to late to sack Nick now that will just be seen as pure desperation in the electorates eyes. You can't hide Nick away...
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    Frank Booth: in terms of preference perhaps people are judging not solely on how much they agree with a particular person but how competent they...
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    "But how many Tories would now prefer a coalition with UKIP? Most, by a large majority, I believe" Actualy the BBC asked that very question...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 2nd Oct - 10:48am
    Indeed. Something inside of me dies every time I hear Nick talking about how the Coalition has introduced the family income thing for foreign spouses.