Neil O'Brien

Director, 2008-2013


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We still don’t know what Labour’s alternative is

We still don’t know what Labour’s alternative is

Dear John I’m pleased (and flattered) that you took the time to respond to my article. You write that The emerging consensus among those Ed has promoted is that there is no foreseeable point where the public spending taps are turned back on. The cost of an ageing...
What is Milibandism?

What is Milibandism?

For two years he has been treated as a joke in the Westminster village. But it’s time to take Ed Miliband seriously. Labour is riding high at 45 per cent in the polls. If there was a general election tomorrow, Prime Minister Miliband (there, I said it) would have a...
The public is more than ready to see benefits made fair

The public is more than ready to see benefits made fair

Public attitudes towards the welfare state have been hardening for years. The British Social Attitudes survey showed that the proportion of people who feel that benefits for the unemployed are “too high and discourage them from finding work” had risen from 44 per cent...
Why we should change the child poverty target

Why we should change the child poverty target

In March 1999 Tony Blair promised to abolish child poverty by 2020, and halve it by 2010. Statistics out tomorrow are likely to show that this halfway target was missed. The parties will have a big squabble over their respective records. Labour supporters will say...