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Peter King
5 September 2011
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  One of the arguments used by the pro-AV campaign in the early spring was that a positive vote to change the electoral system would signal that there was a progressive majority in the...
Peter King
14 February 2011
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It has often been said that Britain has the best-housed poor in Europe. Social housing is provided to a high level with heavily subsidised rents and with further assistance to help non-working...
Peter King
11 November 2010
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Iain Duncan Smith has suggested that his proposals to introduce a Universal Credit to replace many of the current welfare benefits are the most important reforms to welfare provision for 70...
Peter King
8 November 2010
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Despite the comments yesterday from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the coalition’s decision to introduce a limited form of workfare into the UK benefits system is a huge step forward....
Peter King
28 October 2010
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After a slow start to the debate about the coalition’s reforms to Housing Benefit things seem to be hotting up somewhat. The government proposes capping payments to households at a...
Peter King
4 October 2010
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Politics, unlike commentary, is the art of the possible. It is about getting things done and surviving in the process. One means of survival, however, is to try to do as little as possible, and we...
Peter King
13 September 2010
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Housing policy was one of the areas where the previous Conservative government achieved some major successes, particularly with the introduction of the Right to Buy in 1980 and the introduction of...
Peter King
3 September 2010
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I was in a taxi yesterday and after a brief chat about cricket and the virtue of the iPhone, the taxi driver – who, it is important to say, was of Pakistani origin – asked me what I...
Peter King
4 August 2010
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David Cameron has stated that his government will consider ending security of tenure for social-housing tenants. Those tenants who were in employment would be “encouraged” to rent...
Peter King
13 July 2010
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Like most people interested in politics I have been following the financial crisis and the manner in which politicians have tried to deal with it. I quite agree that deep cuts are needed in public...
Peter King
20 April 2010
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George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, in their recent book Animal Spirits, argued that economists tend to focus on what is seen as a departure from the accepted model or norm rather than focusing on...
Peter King
7 April 2010
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Most of us are interested in politics because we believe in something, whether this is liberty, free markets or personal responsibility. We see our involvement in politics as putting forward...
Peter King
24 February 2010
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Classical liberals, and many Conservatives, will tend to take a dim view of government intervention, but should they be equally dismissive of all government action? Take a couple of examples from...
Peter King
12 January 2010
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I recently had a discussion with a commissioning editor of an academic publishing house who informed me that any new book proposal to do with New Labour stood little chance of getting published, but...
Peter King
4 January 2010
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The left, we might think, has had a bad time of it intellectually over the last 15 years: socialism has collapsed, Marxism has little or no credibility and supposedly left of centre governments...
Peter King
17 December 2009
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It is now almost exactly 30 years since one of Mrs Thatcher’s iconic social policies was launched. On 20 December 1979 the Conservative government published a Housing Bill which included the...
Peter King
27 October 2009
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Working in a university social science environment I find myself surrounded by those who take a leftist view of the world. One interesting trend amongst my colleagues of late has been to start to...
Peter King
16 September 2009
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The debate on the future of public spending is a developing one, with Gordon Brown finally being forced to use the “c” word. However, there is still no real attempt to state what and how...
Peter King
17 August 2009
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Gordon Brown recently signalled a shift in public policy away from performance targets and towards entitlements. He argued we should place access to health, education, housing and welfare on the...
Peter King
6 August 2009
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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) announced today that they had changed their forecast on house prices for 2009, and that instead of a fall they now foresee a...

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