David calls for “tough” banking inquiry in today’s Times

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When I was asked to chair the Future of Banking Commission in 2010, I started out determined not to let it become a banker-bashing fest. In my view too much anti-capitalist rant and rhetoric had been expressed after the 2008 crisis. We needed cold, forensic analysis of what had gone wrong and how to stop […]

David writes for Conservative Home: “The true legacy of London 2012 must be a voucher system to boost school sport”

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Defeat on penalties always brings bitter disappointment, but nobody can argue that Italy deserved to beat England last weekend. Even the style of the Italian penalties, including a “Panenka” from Pirlo, was a demonstration of the Italians’ dominance. England had heart, energy and drive, but lacked the crucial technical skill when it mattered most. Surprising […]

The case for “defying Strasbourg” over Prisoner votes

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David, together with former Home Secretary, Jack Straw, wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph setting out the case for Britain to defy the European Court of Human Rights over its recent ruling that a blanket ban on votes for prisoners was unlawful. Just over a year ago the House of Commons was the scene […]

David says that European Prisoner Voting decision is “regrettable”

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Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that prisoners must get the vote. Although the court stated that only a “blanket” ban was unacceptable, and that the government could therefore retain the discretion to withold the right to certain prisoners, it also made clear that it believed the “trend” was towards an increasing extension […]

David writes about secret courts in today’s Guardian

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Secret courts would be a licence to cover up The British government’s argument for secret courts is flawed in both moral and practical terms – and should be resisted When American authorities revealed last week that a British agent was central to uncovering the latest Islamist suicide bomb plot, there was uproar. Quite reasonably, a […]