Care work isn’t going anywhere – and it’s about time we recognised which half of the population is doing it, unpaid.
The Chancellor later tried to wriggle out of a one-to-one debate, saying that Danny Alexander should also be invited.
Osborne has at least one big card left to play - but it might help the Conservatives less than they hope.
This looks set to be a minimalist budget - but not all is as it seems, and opposition Ed Balls would do well to veer away from it sooner rather than later.
The low point in 2000 pre-dated the government's spending increases for health and education.
The shadow chancellor will unveil a full analysis of how the Tories' plans would hit public services.
Zero hours contracts are widely used in the care sector, where women make up the majority of the workforce.
We are all alienated labour now.
The new legislation would allow women to compare their salary to their colleagues, and is designed to address Germany's 22 per cent pay gap.
The evidence is clear: more equal societites are happier than unequal ones. Other countries achieve it - Britain must do better.
The Chancellor's politically-motivated project undermines the goal of the national integration of health and social care.
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