Why do illegal immigrants come to the UK? | Are they all after benefits?

The tragic death of a boat full of desperate people trying to reach the UK has focused attention on the growing numbers of people crossing the channel in small boats. This has been a problem for months now, and the Governments response has centred on implausible get tough schemes that grab the headlines but which… Read More Why do illegal immigrants come to the UK? | Are they all after benefits?

DWP in meltdown | Pensions, Universal Credits, how bad is it?

Very bad. A total shambles. The National Audit Office this month revealed the pensioners in the UK had been short changed by £1bn due to a series of errors by DWP. They think 134,000 pensioners are affected, with an average under payment of just under £9,000 each, although they’re not sure. Identifying which pensioners are… Read More DWP in meltdown | Pensions, Universal Credits, how bad is it?

NHS leadership | Another bad idea comes around again

The NHS has a leadership problem. Good services need good leaders, but the service never seems to have enough quality to go round. Hospital performance isn often driven by factors out of their control, and at times the top jobs are impossible due to meddling Politicians who want to micro-manage without taking responsibility. Despite this… Read More NHS leadership | Another bad idea comes around again

Does a big state crowd out private investment?

Dehenna Davison is the newly elected “red wall” Tory MP for Bishop Auckland. I am attending Bishop Food Fest next weekend, and I am hoping to say hi! Dehenna is also the co-Chair of the Conservative Free Market Forum – a grouping of hardline Thatcherites in love with a tax-cutting, government-shrinking deregulated future. Last week… Read More Does a big state crowd out private investment?