The Poodle Bites Back: Select Committees and the Revival of Parliament
Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, argues that despite the ‘anti-politics’ mood in the UK, the House of Commons is achieving notable success in reforming itself into a more effective institution.
Robert Rickman - 26 October 1991
In the past woodlands were a source of wood – and that, for most people, was that.
Thomas Griffin - 26 October 1991
In the political world the general view of capital gains tax is one of indifference; it is a subject little discussed.
Charles Moore - 22 October 1991
A Maastricht Phrasebook by Charles Moore
Kenneth Costa - 26 October 1990
The release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in goal, was rightly hailed as being of international significance. It marked not only a victory for humanity but also gave the first real public signal that apartheid was about to expire.
Julian Brazier MP - 26 October 1990
Julian Brazier draws on several years’ experience of service in the defence forces and work on defence procurement. His paper should be read as a companion to the official Government White Paper on Defence issued this summer.
David Regan - 26 October 1990
The Rt Hon Kenneth Baker, PC, MP, then Secretary of State for Education and Science, announced the City Technology College programme at the Cosnervative Party Annual Conference on 7 October, 1986.
Conrad Black - 26 October 1990
One of human nature’s most popular impulses is to eat your cake and still have it in front of you. This is especially true in politics, where persuading everybody that you are keeping them happy can mean the difference between office and obscurity.
Tim Congdon - 26 October 1990
As with the pamphlet Monetarism Lost published last year by the Centre for Policy Studies, this paper was written in great haste in response to topical events. I have not had time to seek extensive comments on it, and mistakes and opinions are very much my own responsibility.
George Copeman - 26 October 1990
Britain’s tax regime favours the creators of wealth who can invest for tomorrow’s expansion out of today’s income before it is taxed. Employees without equity in their workplace enjoy no such benefit in creating wealth for themselves.
Nicholas True - 26 October 1990
The annual turnover of the charitable sector has been estimated at some £13billion. Charities are being registered by the Charity Commission at the rate of one every 30 minutes for the working day.
General Sir David Fraser - 26 October 1990
End of the cold war, or variations of that theme, has been a popular refrain accompanying each turn in east-west relations since Mr Gorbachev got into his stride. Sceptics have doubted and urged prudence, especially over measures of disarmament, in so volatile a situation as that obtaining today, with the Soviet Union itself somewhere between disarray and terminal decline and its allies dissociating themselves from the alliance with every gust of popular wind.
Richard Ehrman - 26 October 1990
The phrase not in my back yard sprang to fame when it was used by Nicolas Ridley, then Secretary of State for the Environment, to describe the forceful local opposition to development that the building boom of the late 1980’s had stimulated.
Sir Cyril Taylor - 26 October 1990
The 1988 Education Reform Act established an excellent framework to improve educational standards in Primary, Secondary and higher education.
Anthea Zeman - 26 October 1990
Restart was introduced in 1986 by the Manpower Services Commission, during Lord Young’s term as Secretary of State for Employment. The Purpose of the scheme (which now comes under the employment service) is to reduce long-term unemployment: by providing information, individual counselling, and help with making new beginnings.
Lord Joseph - 26 October 1990
Some Conservatives say that since, under God people procreate voluntarily then children are matters of consumer choice: and that the costs of rearing them should be the responsibility of their parents.