Daily Archives: September 4, 2008

Jim Pickard

Gordon Brown’s economic recovery package is proving one of the worst relaunches since Sidani, the ill-fated bottled water brand owned by Coca-Cola.

There are three elements: Read more >>

Jim Pickard

The big Labour national policy forum at Warwick in late July was supposed to pin down the party’s next manifesto. Just as “Warwick I” was agreed shortly before the last general election.

The event did have an air of stage-management about it, with unions and ministers trying to agree a deal days before anyone even arrived in the Midlands. Read more >>

Jim Pickard

Readers of this blog will have seen my doubts on Tuesday (here and here) about the real size of the stamp duty holiday. This morning we confirmed that it’s probably more like £240m than the £615m claimed by the government.

There are only two possible explanations for this that I can see. Read more >>