The NHS’s five-year funding challenge: different forward views?

Party conference season propelled NHS funding up the 2015 election agenda.  Leading patient groups, professional bodies and health think tanks energised the debate with calls for more money.  So what are the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem offers for voters on NHS funding?  And how do their proposals sit with the outlook presented today inRead more

The times they are a-changin’

It’s been a peculiar week in Westminster. As the House returned from conference recess, there was a feeling that a hurricane had shifted the sands beneath the political establishment in their absence. Whilst the leaders’ speeches at party conference were largely aimed at shoring up their traditional heartlands with well-trodden and rehearsed rhetoric (Labour focusedRead more

What next for UKIP?

Here’s a question for you, the reader. Can you name UKIP’s transport policy? How about education? Justice? Energy? Thought not. So the next question is – does that matter? Does Farage bluster, a ‘Brexit’ from the EU, and a clampdown on immigration represent a sufficient policy platform for the party? If so, then surely UKIP willRead more

Lib Dems – victims of their own success

If Oscar Wilde was right, and the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, then it’s a truth that has come to define the Liberal Democrats over the past four and a half years. As a protest party handed the keys to Government in 2010, they have been accused ofRead more

Conservative conference – last throw of the dice?

Conservative conference this week has been much more upbeat than Labour’s of last. The fringe meetings, exhibition hall and bars have been pervaded with a sense of optimism and bullishness about the Conservative’s chances next year. It’s as if, in the face of adversity (UKIP defections, Newmark, questions over Europe, a stubborn second place inRead more