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Immigration hits a record high

27 August 2015 11:52

There must be an element of masochism in Theresa May that leads her to promise the electorate something she cannot give them: net migration in the tens of thousands. Figures… Continue reading


Is the jobs miracle over?

15 July 2015 10:43

No self-congratulatory tweets from George Osborne this morning: The UK has seen its first quarter-on-quarter rise in unemployment for two years, figures released by the ONS show. The number of… Continue reading

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Inflation is now below zero – just rejoice at that news

19 May 2015 12:15

After a couple of months of teasing the rate of inflation fell below zero to -0.1 per cent in the year to April, thanks largely to the falling costs of… Continue reading

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Have the Tories given up on taking seats from Labour?

24 April 2015 16:03

David Cameron and George Osborne’s campaigning is focused on seats the Tory party wants to hold onto, while Ed Miliband is taking the fight to seats Labour wants to win… Continue reading

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Four things you need to know about the IFS’ manifesto analysis

23 April 2015 15:17

Nobody’s perfect, are they? The IFS found something to criticise today for all the parties — the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and SNP — whose tax and spending plans it has examined.… Continue reading

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Even the academics don’t have a clue who will win this election

27 March 2015 19:52

Academics gathered in London today to discuss how they predict the outcome of the most unpredictable election in living memory (© everyone), and they gave their current forecasts. They vary quite… Continue reading

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When do the children of migrants become British?

26 November 2014 17:18

When do the descendants of immigrants go from being migrants to being natives? That’s the question raised by a MigrationWatch UK study which says that the impact of immigration on the… Continue reading

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Miliband’s people

23 September 2014 22:14

Have you met Ed Miliband recently? Then he probably namechecked you in his speech earlier today. Unless you talked about the deficit or immigration, that is. Here’s the full list… Continue reading

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Scottish independence referendum results: what to expect

18 September 2014 19:48

Coffee House is ready to cover the independence referendum results, and we’ll be bringing you news and analysis throughout the night. Isabel Hardman, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson will be blogging –… Continue reading


Watch: Gordon Brown’s passionate speech in defence of the Union

17 September 2014 18:10

It’s been called rousing, barnstorming, the speech of his life. Gordon Brown’s passionate message for Scotland, which he delivered to an enthused crowd at the Maryhill Community Central Hall in Glasgow,… Continue reading

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Shaun Wright stands down as South Yorkshire PCC over Rotherham sex abuse scandal

16 September 2014 10:55

Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, has resigned after weeks of pressure stemming from the publication of a report into child sexual abuse in Rotherham. Wright was the… Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins and the cost of rationality

16 August 2014 18:35

Rationality doesn’t come cheap – not if you’re buying Richard Dawkins’ brand. In this week’s Spectator, Andrew Brown examines the costly cult of personality that has grown up around the professor;… Continue reading

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Audio: What Harriet Harman said about tax

16 July 2014 12:57

At PMQs David Cameron attacked Ed Miliband for his deputy Harriet Harman’s comments, made on an LBC phone-in show on Monday, that she wanted to see higher taxes on middle-income… Continue reading

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Miliband’s jobs ‘blunder’: who’s right?

1 July 2014 21:00

There’s been a bit of a fuss over the claim in Lord Adonis’s growth report—repeated in a draft of Ed Miliband’s localism speech—that four-fifths of the private-sector jobs growth in… Continue reading


Employment is booming. What does Rachel Reeves have to add?

22 June 2014 14:24

Here’s a funny thing: Labour claims to be the ‘party of work’, but the Tories have reasonable claim to be the workers’ party, given that they’ve overseen the creation of… Continue reading

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Labour’s VAT attack misses the mark – you don’t pay it on food

9 May 2014 16:51

Labour has a long, hard slog to win arrest the public’s loss of faith in its economic competence. The party’s latest advert hasn’t helped. It shows David Cameron and Nick Clegg as two peas-in-a-pod… Continue reading

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UK GDP rises by 0.8 per cent

29 April 2014 10:49

The first estimate of the UK’s economic growth for the first quarter of this year is out – and despite missing analysts’ expectations of 1 per cent growth, it’s good news… Continue reading

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George Osborne gave us a saver’s budget. Should he have bothered?

21 March 2014 8:54

‘If you’re a saver, this budget is for you’, George Osborne said on Wednesday as he unveiled measures to let people keep more of what they save – such as… Continue reading

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The IFS’s briefing on the Budget: Four things we learned

20 March 2014 21:07

1. Two million more top-rate taxpayers  The number of people paying tax at the 40p or 45p rates is to increase by two million under the coalition, going from 3.3… Continue reading

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Why Osborne’s recovery might not be based on debt

31 January 2014 16:01

Is George Osborne’s recovery a credit-driven illusion? Many of his critics says so, and ask – as this magazine did two weeks ago – why we still have emergency interest… Continue reading

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Poinsettias are just one victim of the energy crisis. Who’ll be next?

15 November 2013 13:32

‘For millions of families’, the Telegraph reports today, poinsettia ‘is as much a festive favourite as turkey and Christmas trees’. Which is odd given that they’re tropical plants which like to… Continue reading

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Npower boss warns that price freeze could mean lights out

8 November 2013 16:33

Ed Miliband’s energy freeze pledge won him ‘political speech of the year’ but has had the unintended (yet inevitable) consequence of throwing the energy market into a spasm. The head… Continue reading

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Grangemouth – six things you need to know

23 October 2013 13:10

1. Why have I heard of Grangemouth before? Its oil refinery is of huge strategic importance, providing 80pc of Scotland’s fuel and large chunks of England’s too. That’s why a… Continue reading

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Public borrowing and a target George Osborne might actually meet

22 October 2013 13:14

Some of George Osborne’s targets – like balancing the books – are always five years away; he never has to meet them to claim success, as long as he plans… Continue reading

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The green taxes that add £112 to your energy bill

10 October 2013 11:05

At PMQs yesterday David Cameron said Ed Miliband was suffering ‘complete amnesia’ over his time as energy secretary. Ed might have forgotten some of his climate change policies that put… Continue reading