It’s become fashionable to disparage Sorkin’s later work, especially The Newsroom, and with good reason – the gender politics are terrible, for a start. But what if these problems were there all along, and we were just enjoying The West Wing too much to see them?
Wait, Osborne wants the rich to pay more tax?
The government has named Bicester in Oxfordshire as its second garden city, but to solve the housing crisis, we’d need to build six or seven of them every year.
Running schools as charities has simply insulated them from the consequences of their own financial incontinence.
Brandon Lewis's job is to ensure this country has enough houses. Isn't it?
Don't let go of the balloon.
It has a scene in which the Doctor’s companion Chris, a muscular blond policeman from the 30th century, experimentally tries gay sex in the back of a car. Because he’s from the future, this cures Aids.
Seven habits of highly unpopular people.
Everybody move to Paris.
It's not all the North Downs, you know.
For sale: three water cannon. One previous owner. 90 per cent off.
A Luxembourger you’ve never heard of thinks you elected him president. It’s just possible that the system isn’t working.
And not one of them is in Hackney.
The city’s house prices have risen 18 per cent in a year. Can we stop pretending this is normal now please?
If home-owners are more likely to vote Tory, shouldn’t the party be trying to create more of them?
If ministers had held out for a better price, they could have raised an extra £750m.
Closing important services for financial reasons is stupid. But closing expensive things we don’t need so that we can spend the money on new things that we do isn’t.
It’s unfair to equate the failure of providers such as E-Act with the failure of the whole academies programme. But if academies had been introduced more slowly, could this have been avoided?
The Adult Skills Budget, which funds all non-academic education for those 19 or over, is being cut by a fifth between now and 2015-16. The least we can do is pay attention.
There are a lot of different factors to consider before the school day can be extended – the type of activities on offer, how you're staffing them, whether more affluent parents should pay – but the education secretary hasn't been clear on any of the deta
Rich people in other countries demand they be required to pay higher taxes more often than you might think. So why doesn't Britain have a Warren Buffett or a Bill Gates, willing to pay a little bit more tax for everybody's benefit?
Contrary to popular belief, relatively few people in government are actually stupid. But if you work for an industry body that wants something changed, there are still things you can do.
As the "year of hard truths" gets under way, remember that politicians mean something entirely different when they speak of "hard choices".
The media is fascinated with the UK's two oldest universities and the demographics of its students, without acknowledging the randomness of its interview process.
Let's talk sensibly about this problem: here are two ways we could demystify the debate about how much we pay our elected representatives.
The exact location of the fictitious Walford is kept deliberately vague, but on the tube map it's somewhere near Bow, where you won't find a three-bed Victorian house for less than £700,000.
The tax burden on high-earning individuals has gone up not because politicians have been taking them for all that they’ve got, but because they’re the ones earning all the money in the first place.
All such decisions are inherently political. Politicians can come up with a formula based on an objective set of numbers – but which numbers they choose, and what they do with them, will always be a matter of judgement.
The solution to London's housing crisis lies in building on the Home Counties, and we need a pressure group to make that happen. Anyone want to chuck the Campaign for the Promotion of Residential England a few quid?
The World Innovation Summit for Education awards $500,000 to the most innovative teacher - but British attitudes toward education mean that it's unlikely to ever be awarded to a teacher from the UK.