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Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices culled from the 50+ I’ve linked to this last week. You can follow me on Delicious here.

Kings, queens and the political chess match – Sue Cameron ponders what the invitation to HM The Queen to attend cabinet this week could portend: ‘Charles III might point to that precedent and say he would like to follow it. Moreover, he would like to attend more regularly and speak at it …

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The politics of sluggish growth: good for the Tories, bad for Labour, and as for the Lib Dems we’ll see

Today saw the publication by the IMF of its latest growth forecasts. UK growth prospects are downgraded once again. Growth in 2012 is now forecast to be -0.4% (the most recent quarter’s strong showing is anomalous) and an anaemic 1.1% in 2013. As The Spectator’s Jonathan Jones observes, the only thing new here is that the IMF is falling ‘into line with the consensus’.

On the face of it this is bad news for the Coalition, further evidence that the economic strategy of deficit reduction driven forward by David Cameron and George Osborne, and endorsed by Nick …

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    I think "spare room subsidy" was only ever a propaganda term (just like "bedroom tax", of course!) -- given there never was a "spare room...
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    Can I make a small additional point about EVEL which I don't think I have seen elsewhere? What would happen to House of Lords reform...
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    Julian I think I agree with you almost entirely. I'm really just trying to be a bit provocative. I guess I don't think that, strictly...
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    I'm really disappointed in this take on it. Bedroom Tax has become a punchy headline issue because, as the DWP Interim report from earlier this...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 18th Dec - 3:20pm
    One of the best articles I've read about this was while I was in Canada a month ago - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/kelly-fifas-comical-attempted-whitewash-still-indicts-russia-and-qatar/article21571684/
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 18th Dec - 2:58pm
    I disagree completely with the idea that scenario 3 is the worst outcome. Far from it, I think it's the best we can hope for....