Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THE national papers have been full of end-of-term, teacher-style reports about the coalition Government’s first few months. Fortunately not too many of them say “must do better.” And with the spirit of these columns in mind I thought I would offer my own take from the inside of this revolutionary Government. It all began back [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

MOST people will by now be aware of the phrase “the big society.” Launched by the Prime Minister last week, who called it his “great passion,” the policy aims, in simple terms, to give power to the people. The concept will give local groups the chance to run facilities like libraries and post offices, shape [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Life as a Member of Parliament, I’m finding, can be very, very busy. Each day, I have a diary packed full of appointments with everyone from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to international ambassadors. Take last week for instance. I had a packed diary, visiting businesses and the local youth MP in the constituency while [...]