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  • April 4, 2005

    A Vision For London

    1 London – a city like no other London is a global city. Its outstanding success is based on its unique diversity – a rich mix of people, innovation and energy, which has served London so well over the two thousand years since its foundation. London has always been different from other British citi…
  • March 1, 2005

    Civil Contingencies And Anti Terrorism

    No one in public life wishes to contemplate that there should be an emergency of such dire extent that this country would effectively find itself on a war footing. As the Member of Parliament for Cities of London and Westminster I write from the most likely constituency in the country to be affect…
  • February 20, 2005

    Improving Healthcare In 2005

    Contrary to its cheerleaders’ increasingly desperate claims, Britain’s National Health Service is not the envy of the world. Evidence enough for this proposition is in the number of British people who choose (and pay twice over to exercise that choice) to have private healthcare. Many others choose to go abroad for their treatment. On the […]
  • February 7, 2005

    This Parliamentary Life

    How is it that some politicians emerge in a blaze of glory and then fade away very quickly, whilst others emerge more slowly but appear to have real staying power? It is certainly funny how even in a relatively long parliamentary life (compared to the much shorter shelf life of people in sport for …
  • January 27, 2005

    The Tsunami Earthquake

    The tsunami earthquake and disaster at the end of Boxing Day showed that in times of real crisis the community of nations has the capacity to work closely together and global conflict and disagreements can be put to one side. The plight of so many people in the Asian countries has been very well re…
  • January 25, 2005

    Leadership

    I love cricket. This winter’s success by the English cricket team in South Africa (the first Test series win there for 40 years) has bought great pleasures to all us cricket supporters. Someone I am sure will write a book about the series and I hope they will write it with some insight into the […]
  • December 10, 2004

    The State Of The Nhs

    Medical care in this country is failing to meet adequately the needs of the people of this country. Contrary to its cheerleaders’ increasingly desperate claims, Britain’s National Health Service is not the envy of the world. Evidence enough for this proposition is in the number of British people w…
  • November 5, 2004

    Inheritance Tax

    Recent increases in house prices have seen a sharp rise in the number of houses liable to inheritance tax. Inheritance tax is supposed to hit hard at the very wealthy in the UK. At 40% for everything in an estate worth more than £263,000 I would suggest it is highly likely that the very rich […]
  • November 1, 2004

    Congestion Charge Expansion

    Belgravia’s businesses facing up to the Congestion Charge expansion The existing Congestion Charge scheme covers eight square miles in an area best known for its commercial districts out of a total of 600 sq miles in Greater London. Its impact upon traffic numbers has been well reported as also ha…
  • October 21, 2004

    Waking Up To The Pension Crisis

    It is finally dawning on many of my fellow Britons that pension provision is an important issue. In my view, what is needed now is real vision and political leadership at how pension provision should develop in the next 20 to 30 years and beyond. In the recent debate in the House of Commons on […]