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The Education Department treats universities like poorly performing secondary schools, and now intervenes in them so much that the ONHS may well propose bringing them into the public sector.
A self-help book for business people terrified of appearing before MPs shows how much more formidable select committees have become.
It is doubtless bad manners to ask, on day two of his new job, what he will do next. But posing the question and trying to answer it is irresistible.
Plus: Farage’s new radio show. Tim Barrow’s new appointment. And: the worst Christmas that I’ve ever had.
A tale of fatal misunderstandings, tensions and deep differences – and of a potential cycle of grievance which all the leadership candidates must stop before it starts.
Rows, plots, leaks, secret deals, an inquiry, debates in Parliament and the loss of the Defence Secretary – all over “a company with a capitalisation of only £30 million”.
The West Bromwich MP, who condemned Blair for leading Labour into the desert of pragmatism, may deliver the party from Corbyn.
He has dropped from view because he seems to have achieved the improbable feat, for a Conservative, of promoting change without picking a fight with NHS staff.
By laying into the red-top, then trying to woo it, the Labour leader has succeeded in annoying everyone.
Much of current controversy about the Education Secretary has its roots in his belief that he must push for change while he still can.
The UK has a lot to learn from the recent regulatory punch-up between Facebook and the Australian government.