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Why we’ll mostly be supporting Germany on Sunday

11 July 2014 12:56
Why can't we be more like the Germans? (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’re walking through any built-up area in England between 8 and 10pm this Sunday and you hear a cheer you can be pretty sure it means one thing –… Continue reading

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Britain must realise George Osborne’s vision of a northern powerhouse

24 June 2014 11:31
Leeds Town Hall, scene of the 'Le Grand Depart' for the Tour de France in 2013, a symbol of urban renewal in the North. (Image: Getty)

If you walk around our great northern cities, you’ll see stunning examples of civic pride. Albert Square in Manchester and Leeds Town Hall reflect resurgent local confidence. Old narratives of… Continue reading

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George Osborne has won over the IMF to austerity. Now can he win over Eric Pickles to planning reform?

6 June 2014 14:56
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Fresh from celebrating the Tories’ victory in Newark, George Osborne is continuing a very joyful day by celebrating the International Monetary Fund admitting that it got it wrong on austerity.… Continue reading

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Tax Freedom Day is a reminder of the choice in 2015: high tax Labour, low tax Conservatives

28 May 2014 14:02
Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

Tax Freedom Day, which falls today, is cause for celebration. It marks the point in the calendar when someone’s income stops paying for their tax bill and they start keeping… Continue reading

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At last, it’s Tax Freedom Day… but just wait until you find out when Cost of Government Day is

28 May 2014 11:47
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Today is Tax Freedom Day. That means that the average person in Britain has to work 148 days of the year solely to pay taxes. Only on Tax Freedom Day… Continue reading

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Inflation rises – should the coalition be worried?

20 May 2014 11:23
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Inflation has risen for the first time in ten months, with the consumer prices index growing by 1.8 per cent in the year to April 2014, up from 1.6 per… Continue reading

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Should London leave the union?

15 May 2014 16:07
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We’re four months away from Scotland’s day of destiny, with the London-Scottish media fraternity becoming increasingly alarmed, and ironically (considering their total unionism) far more noticeably Scottish. At the Telegraph… Continue reading

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Wales, sleepwalking to independence?

14 May 2014 15:04
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Independence is a fringe issue in Wales. Just 12 per cent of Welsh voters support it, and that figure has been stubbornly consistent. But it is far from implausible that within… Continue reading

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The politics of interest rates

14 May 2014 8:36
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The Bank of England’s inflation report will be published later this morning, which will reveal how strong the bank believes the recovery to be. All eyes will be on its… Continue reading

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David Cameron is linking Ed Miliband to Labour’s past mistakes

30 April 2014 14:41
Speaker John Bercow. Image: Getty

What a very long PMQs today, presided over by a very bumptious John Bercow. The Speaker let the exchanges run into what he called ‘injury time’, made a rather poisonous… Continue reading

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Today’s GDP growth figure could mean a political dividend for the Tories

29 April 2014 10:52
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Today’s GDP figures are another sign that the recovery is strengthening. The 0.8 per cent growth in the first quarter is equivalent to more than 3 per cent annual growth.… Continue reading

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UK GDP rises by 0.8 per cent

29 April 2014 10:49
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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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New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58
These two men blew a golden opportunity to tackle welfare dependency.  (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal claims to have exposed my misreading of data. That’s not… Continue reading

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Inflation falls again

15 April 2014 10:06
Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

Wages in the private sector are now rising faster than inflation. The latest CPI inflation figures show that it now down to 1.6 per cent, comfortably below the Bank of… Continue reading

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Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48
World Leaders Meet For G8 Summit AT Lough Erne

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in eastern Ukraine or face military action. There is no indication… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid’s first task is to recognise that the price of a cultural asset lies in its value as art

12 April 2014 10:30
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The suggestion, made by the poet Michael Rosen and others, that Sajid Javid is not sufficiently cultured to be Culture Secretary is as ludicrous as it is pompous. The secretary… Continue reading

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Osborne banks the recovery – and whacks his critics

11 April 2014 8:49
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A few months ago, colleagues of George Osborne were worried the Chancellor risked ‘banking the recovery’ too early. If they’re still worried about that, then Osborne certainly isn’t. Today he’s… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s ‘fight for full employment’ speech – full text

31 March 2014 12:28
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In a speech given at Tilbury Port in Essex, Chancellor George Osborne hailed cuts to business and personal taxes this week as the ‘biggest in two decades’ – and committed… Continue reading

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George Osborne readies his tax dividing line

16 March 2014 11:08
The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

George Osborne was on Andrew Marr this morning announcing support for a new garden city at Ebbsfleet in Kent and the extension of Help to Buy on new build homes… Continue reading

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Does Alex Salmond want to swap rule from London for rule by OPEC?

4 March 2014 17:30
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Another day, another hole blown in Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up Britain. The IFS has today published its estimates (based on the OBR’s) for Scottish oil and gas revenues,… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s moral mission on public spending

4 March 2014 8:57
David Cameron

David Cameron’s speech on the economy today is designed to hit Labour on its weak spot again: reminding voters that while this government is trying (with varying levels of success)… Continue reading

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Net migration is up, but net migration is a meaningless term

27 February 2014 15:34
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The latest figures showing a big increase in net migration are a blow to the Conservatives, although it obviously reflects on the relative strength of the British economy; at least… Continue reading

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Today’s borrowing figures are bad for the Tories, but they’re not good for Labour either

21 February 2014 17:59
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Visit Lloyds TSB Bank

Today’s borrowing figures are, on the surface, not good for the Tories. The surplus on the public finances in January 2014 was lower than for the same month in 2013,… Continue reading

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An EU referendum isn’t ‘bad for the economy’ – businesses want it to happen

18 February 2014 10:30
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. Image: Getty

Mark Carney has been a very successful Governor of the Bank of England. Since coming to office in June last year, the British economy has gone from strength to strength.… Continue reading

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Why Osborne’s recovery might not be based on debt

31 January 2014 16:01
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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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