Daily Archives: September 17, 2009

Jim Pickard

Some readers may have sympathy with Baroness Scotland, who has denied knowing that she was employing an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper for several months. The UK Border Agency has confirmed it is to investigate the situation – which was revealed in this morning’s Daily Mail. Read more

Jim Pickard

Okay, it’s not the same Fred Goodwin. This one works as an analyst at Nomura, apparently.

But the Tories have seized upon Goodwin’s report which suggests “the prospect of a UK fiscal crisis is a clear and present danger”. The report suggests that a fiscal crisis is “far more likely” in the UK than in the US – because the dollar is a reserve currency. Read more

Jim Pickard

The Tories this week demanded the suspension of what they have described as a “slush fund” for the unions: the union modernisation fund.

The government and the unions see the fund differently; it is designed to support “innovative” projects which improve union efficiency. Read more

Jim Pickard

For my money Chris Giles has provided the best explanation of the baffling blizzard of public spending numbers. Read more