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Patience Wheatcroft

Humpty Dumpty logic is setting the PM up for a great fall

The words integrity, professionalism and accountability mean what the Tories want them to mean, rather than what a dictionary might say

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A tourist tax would help save our crumbling creative sector

Change is needed for the UK’s much-vaunted creative sector to live up to its name

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Can Britain be honest with itself?

Rachel Reeves will need to confront failures that others have ignored

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The heart of Starmerism

The Labour leader’s plan for a fairer country where the government is trustworthy and delivers public services is one we can all get behind

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The Swiss show how we can have a better budget

Hunt’s grandstanding demonstrates the craziness of our current system

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Sunak is in hock to his own mob... Britain needs an election now

The country doesn’t deserve his pointless mud-slinging. There are massive problems in need of immediate attention

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While Badenoch blusters, who is going to save the Post Office?

The Post Office has an important role as an arm of government; its ownership must be taken seriously

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Abused MPs deserve better.. but we deserve better MPs

Parties need to take greater care when selecting their candidates

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It's time to expose the anonymous political donors

Tory ministers have no interest in addressing this fundamental issue with our democracy

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Labour's green U-turn explains the need to abandon political targets

The public need a leader who can deliver a target-free message

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Europe’s defence if Trump wins was the spectre at the Davos feast

The state of Europe’s fighting forces was too controversial a topic for the Davos agenda

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I’ve seen the NHS crisis close-up. Here’s how Labour can fix it

Rishi Sunak has little incentive to fix the NHS’s problems

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Love queues? Then there’s good news, thanks to Brexit

The Brexit benefits the government promised continue to be elusive

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The Tories might as well face it... they’re addicted to lies

Rishi Sunak has the same cavalier attitude towards the truth as his predecessor

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Poll pacts, true Brexit facts, plus an end to strikes and Suella: my wishes for 2024

This year, parties on the left must stop competing against each other

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Rishi Sunak's government by fairytale

The belief that saying something instantly makes it a fact is a very dangerous tendency, but it seems to be a common affliction in politicians

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On small boats and big friezes, Sunak burns Britain’s bridges

The prime minister’s lack of diplomacy and tact cost the UK global relationships

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The next bitter Conservative split spells trouble for Sunak

If Sunak can’t be a credible leader for the Tories, then they will find someone who can

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Dump the pomp and let us be a serious country

Our modern democracy demands – and deserves – more modern ways of functioning

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Here’s how we should deal with asylum seekers: give them a job

The Home Office’s failure to process asylum applications speedily is incompetent and inhumane

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Sunak braces for the revenge of hurricane Suella

The prime minister’s reshuffle has handed Braverman the leadership of a disgruntled and vocal right

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Uncontrolled and unmanageable

That was Suella Braverman’s verdict on immigration - and it is now the verdict on a politician setting her sights on No.10

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Westminster is broken. Here’s how to mend it

The public wants, and expects, government to solve its own problems but this government is not equipped to do so

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We’re witnessing Westminster’s death of shame

The Covid Inquiry is uncovering the chaotic way the government handled the pandemic and gambled with the country’s future

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When education is broken, why is Starmer making planning his top priority?

It’s hard to look at all the problems facing the UK today and conclude that the planning system is key to putting them right

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Boris Johnson will haunt this Tory feast

If Johnson does decide to turn up in Manchester, it would stop Rishi Sunak's reboot in its tracks

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Reform, reform, reform must be Labour’s mantra

The next government needs to eschew the embarrassing "world-beating" rhetoric and acknowledge that the UK must modernise

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Britain’s next crisis is in its town halls

Local authorities need funding that the impoverished UK is unable to provide

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Brexit and high-speed rail fails have made Britain a laughing stock

While the rest of Europe has an efficient rail service, the UK is only playing at it

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The silent majority must be heard. We need to rejoin the EU

Brexit isn’t working – in fact, it’s causing long-term damage. Everyone knows it. How long can the opposition parties keep quiet?

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Brexit is killing off the school trip. It’s costing millions and hurting children

The government has denied today’s youngsters the invaluable opportunities those exchanges afforded

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Sunak’s shameful new strategy: stuffing our jails in the pursuit of votes

The UK's determination to lock people up has already created an overflowing prison system. The prime minister's plans will only make matters worse

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