Turning complaints about headline figures into a detailed programme to bring them down would teach us a lot about whoever tried it.
We must beware the trap of falling into a mindset of an overdeveloped society, vulnerable to entitlement and complacency.
Is economics the key after all – driving the culture wars in western liberal democracies?
The Conservative Party has been at the forefront of reforms which have helped the disadvantaged. Modern history is full of evidence of this vital strain of conservatism.
Governments are more likely to help create conditions for it by seeking economic growth, rather than well-being.
From Universal Credit, to Mid-Life MOTs and the National Retraining Scheme, we are building a modern system of social and career support.
Lessons from my recent visit to India with Andy Street and Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine Partnership.
The legacy benefits system is a mix of six benefits, has three cliff-edges – and punishes extra hours. It lets people down and holds them back.
The Government needs to consider three strands if it is to offer a comprehensive solution: state support, private assets, and individual planning.
Some counter-intuitive, or at least counter-conventional, findings from a recent IFS report.
There is a suspicion that the Government wants to talk about other things – and a significant amount of attention is of course already being consumed by Brexit.