Category Archives: U-turns

In May of this year it was reported that David Cameron told campaigners advocating plain cigarette packaging to forget another extension of the “nanny state”. “Tory ministers are determined that the Coalition does not repeat the mistakes of the previous Labour government and risk being seen as bossy and curbing individual liberty. “The source said: […]

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In October 2012, after weeks of speculation, home secretary Theresa May confirmed that the Conservative Party’s intended to go ahead with the block opt out of European Union crime and justice measures: “The UK cannot pick and choose the measures from which we wish to opt out. “We can only opt out en masse and […]

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In March 2013, a senior Whitehall source told the Guardian that: “We are going to follow what they have done in Australia. The evidence suggests it is going to deter young smokers. There is going to be legislation.” Shortly before the Queen’s Speech in May, however, the plan was shelved without warning. A Whitehall source […]

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In March 2012 David Cameron said that it was wrong that beer could be “cheaper than water” and that he would make no excuses for clamping down. As Cameron put it: This isn’t about stopping responsible drinking, adding burdens on business or some new kind of stealth tax – it’s about fast immediate action where […]

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In June Michael Gove announced that GCSEs would be scrapped in favour of a return to O-Level style exams. The Daily Mail reported: Proposals to axe GCSEs and return to an O-level style exams will ensure an education system that compares with most rigorous in the world, Michael Gove told MPs. …The proposals could see […]

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In April, Andrew Lansley gave his support to plans for regional pay in the NHS. The Observer reported: Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, is threatening another controversial revolution in the NHS by proposing that its staff be paid less if they work in poorer parts of the country. The cabinet minister is backing a plan […]

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In July 2010, the government cancelled the Building Schools for the Future programme, as part of £1 billion of cuts from schools. The Guardian reported: The coalition government took its axe to a further £1.5bn in spending commitments, cutting £1bn from the schools budget and millions from the business department, communities and local government and […]

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In the finance bill 2011, capital allowances were cut from £100,000 to £25,000. Today, in the autumn statement 2012, capital allowances for plant and machinery increased ten-fold to £250,000, as The Manufacturer reports: Manufacturers will breathe a collective sigh of relief after campaigning for higher capital allowances finally pays off in the autumn statement… What […]

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In June, David Cameron revealed housing benefit will be scrapped for under 25s, who’ll be “forced to live with their parents”. The Mail on Sunday reported: Radical new welfare cuts targeting feckless couples who have children and expect to live on state handouts will be proposed by David Cameron tomorrow. His bold reforms could also […]

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In November 2010, it was revealed flood defence spending faced a ’27 per cent cut’. The Observer reported: “The department for the environment has said that funding over the next four years would be “just 8% less than our average yearly spend”. But Lord Smith, the chairman of the Environment Agency, told the Observer that […]

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