Since I left prison in 2011, the system has had £900m sucked out of it. No wonder officers are struggling to control drug use.
Ed Balls's less stringent plans mean a dramatic gap with the Tories.
The Labour party is missing the opportunity to stand up proudly for low-paid workers and those who rely on state support.
The Conservatives’ true priorities were exposed by the Budget.
All of the people who come to the surgery for advice are living below the breadline and have had their rights breached by cleaning companies that take advantage of their poor English and low status.
Only with reform can the public sector survive the cuts that are to come.
Today's headlines hide the most important, and least reassuring, fact in yesterday’s Budget.
The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings.
A typical idealist but with no marked ability to deal with the hard facts of life.
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