Clegg makes “impressive” debut at despatch box as DPM, sets out radical political reform plans

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

Nick Clegg debuted in front of the House of Commons today in his new role (yes, it is still new: it’s only a month since the election) as deputy prime minister. And he used the occasion to set out how the new coalition government will make good the political reforms radical political reform plans that […]

Cameron won’t campaign against AV in referendum

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

Yesterday’s Times reported the news that David Cameron has decided not to spend his political capital campaigning against electoral reform, whenever the referendum on changing from first-past-the-post to the alternative vote is to be held: Cameron insisted he remained a supporter of the present voting system: “I will not change my view that the alternative […]

Coalition to rule out ‘pay as you throw’ waste charge – but why do they think it’s their job?

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

The Guardian reports: Ministers are expected to announce that they are scrapping Labour plans to introduce “pay as you throw” rubbish schemes. Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, and Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, will confirm that they will end schemes in which people are charged for household waste collections or for producing too much rubbish. […]