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Tory MPs content with ‘boring’ Budget

19 March 2015 17:53

How has George Osborne’s Budget gone down with his party? The Tory MPs I’ve spoken to in the past 24 hours or so since the Budget seem reasonably content with… Continue reading


IFS: Osborne should come clean on his welfare cuts

19 March 2015 16:11
U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

George Osborne this morning said that people should judge him on his track record, as he refused to set out the detail of welfare cuts planned in the next parliament.… Continue reading


Budget 2015: five things you need to know about the IFS analysis

19 March 2015 16:00
George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, smiles as he carries the dispatch box containing the 2015 budget as he leaves 11 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Did George Osborne hide any surprises in yesterday’s Budget? The Institute for Fiscal Studies delivered its post-budget analysis this afternoon and presented a generally positive picture — noting that, as expected, the… Continue reading


Is Nigel Farage becoming Ron Paul?

19 March 2015 15:38
Is Nigel Farage turning into Ron Paul?

I think I have seen Nigel Farage’s future, and it is not pretty. A copy of Farage’s The Purple Revolution reached my desk today. The cover instantly reminded me of a cover… Continue reading


The Lib Dems’ alternative budget showed the difficulties of a Lib/Lab coalition

19 March 2015 12:22
Danny Alexander with the Liberal Democrats' alternative budget. Photo: @MichaelPDeacon.

The Tories described the Liberal Democrats’ alternative Budget statement today as ‘part of price they had to pay to have a Budget.’ But the Liberal Democrats, oddly, didn’t seem to… Continue reading


Why do politicians try to convince us they are normal human beings? We know they’re not

19 March 2015 11:34
Conservative Party Conference - Day 4

I suppose we’re going to have to suffer these confections until the first week of May. But it’s beginning to get my goat. First we had Ed Miliband trying to… Continue reading


Voters won’t be able to make an informed choice in May

19 March 2015 10:57
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne poses for photographers outside 11 Downing Street in London, England

If there’s one major takeaway from this morning’s Budget interviews, it is that voters won’t get the opportunity to make as informed a choice as many would like in May.… Continue reading


Podcast: George Osborne’s 2015 budget, the jobs miracle and shooting squirrels

19 March 2015 8:57

Has George Osborne produced a successful Budget? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the last major act of this Parliament and what it means for the… Continue reading


Osborne gets the post-Budget front pages he hoped for

18 March 2015 23:12
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If George Osborne’s Budget is going to end up in a mess, it hasn’t done so yet. The worst criticism that the front pages of even hostile newspapers can come… Continue reading


Budget Sketch: Penny-pinchers like me can rejoice

18 March 2015 17:35

That was a motto-blaster of a budget. George Osborne deployed half a dozen chewy new Tory slogans during this afternoon’s statement. ‘Britain walking tall again. … a country built on… Continue reading


Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the 2015 Budget

18 March 2015 17:23
George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, centre, stands with the H.M. Treasury team.

George Osborne has delivered the last budget of this Parliament, was it a success? In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the Chancellor’s speech and… Continue reading


Meet Saudi Arabia’s top cleric. Like Isis, he also thinks churches should be destroyed

18 March 2015 16:39
Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah (Photo: Hassan Ammar/Getty)

Today a quick game of ‘spot the difference.’ First, here are some photos, released yesterday, of Isis pulling down the crosses on ancient churches and desecrating Christian holy sites in Mosul,… Continue reading


Labour’s aggressive election campaign was evident in Miliband’s Budget response

18 March 2015 16:10

Ed Miliband didn’t produce a spectacular response to the Budget, but neither did he have a bad outing at the despatch box. It was certainly better than his performance last… Continue reading


Budget 2015, explained in ten graphs

18 March 2015 15:42
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As ever, the story of the Budget was hidden in the small print. There are no hidden tax rises, but the story isn’t really in the tax. It’s about the cuts… Continue reading


Budget 2015: Full text of Ed Miliband’s response

18 March 2015 15:32
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Mr Deputy Speaker, never has the gap between the Chancellor’s rhetoric and the reality of people’s lives been greater than it was today. This is a Budget people won’t believe… Continue reading


We can’t just blame Benjamin Netanyahu for the lack of peace in the Middle East

18 March 2015 15:13
Israel Heads To The Polls As The Election Is Too Close To Call

The re-election of Benjamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu in Israel has not gone down well in the chancelleries of Europe, let alone the White House. During his terms of office, a majority… Continue reading


A typical coalition Budget – designed to put the Tories back in power

18 March 2015 15:11
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his annual Budget statement.

Here is a preview of James Forsyth’s political column from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow George Osborne usually tells his aides to prepare for each Budget as if it were… Continue reading


Listen: key points of Budget 2015

18 March 2015 14:42

George Osborne delivered his final Budget of this Parliament today. Here is what you need to listen to: Full speeches George Osborne’s speech, in full: listen to ‘Budget 2015: George Osborne’s… Continue reading


Budget 2015: Full text of Osborne’s speech

18 March 2015 13:48
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Mr Deputy Speaker, Today, I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way. We took difficult decisions in the teeth of opposition and it worked… Continue reading


PMQs: Was Ken Clarke snoozing? If so, he missed nothing

18 March 2015 12:33

The PMQs before the Budget is always pretty pointless, and David Cameron turned up clearly determined to trivialise his exchanges with Ed Miliband as much as possible. He came armed… Continue reading


Budget 2015: key announcements and figures

18 March 2015 12:08
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne poses for photographers outside 11 Downing Street in London, England

George Osborne delivered his final Budget of this Parliament today. Here is what you need to know. Key announcements Personal Savings Allowance: From April next year, the first £1,000 of the interest… Continue reading


Nick Clegg is preparing to boast about which Osborne ideas he quashed

18 March 2015 11:55

Nick Clegg is turning up to the Budget today, which is an improvement on the Autumn Statement, which he bunked off in order to hang out in Cornwall with Lib… Continue reading


Are the Conservatives really running the most ‘positive possible campaign’?

18 March 2015 11:45
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While the nation is on tenterhooks for the 2015 Budget, the Tories have filled the news gap this morning with a new attack video. As you can watch above, Conservative HQ… Continue reading


Cabinet celebrates the Budget ‘in the traditional manner’

18 March 2015 11:31
Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

The Cabinet met this morning to discuss the Budget, with the Chancellor telling ministers that today the Conservatives will ‘set out the next stage in a plan that is working’ and… Continue reading


Budget 2015: The challenges for Labour

18 March 2015 11:02
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Ed Miliband will respond to the Budget today (the Shadow Chancellor responds to the Autumn Statement, and has a Budget speech the day after the main event). In the past… Continue reading