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How much should a politician’s faith be scrutinised?

13 March 2008 19:14

Today both George W. Bush and Barack Obama find their faith under scrutiny. A new book questions Bush’s conversion narrative and suggests that Bush is highly aware of the political… Continue reading


Quiz Clegg

13 March 2008 16:58

Nick Clegg has kindly agreed to a Q&A session with Coffee House.  Obviously, he’ll be providing the answers.  But – as for the questions – that’s where you come in.… Continue reading


A pint will cost £6.47 by 2012

13 March 2008 16:38

The Sun’s Budget coverage today spells out the real-life impact of yesterday’s tax increases. Darling’s booze taxes grow with time and by the 2012 Olympics a pint will cost £6.47.… Continue reading


A majority of Americans now think the US will succeed in Iraq

13 March 2008 15:32

New polling data reveals that 53 percent of Americans now believe that the United States will ultimately achieve its aims in Iraq compared to 39 percent who think it will… Continue reading


A Budget response

13 March 2008 14:14

The Chancellor’s projections for economic growth look to be on the sanguine side. Having said that, the Treasury’s economic forecasts have tended to be closer to out-turn than has the… Continue reading


How the tax system discourages work

13 March 2008 12:45

One of the great scandals of this government is how many obstacles there are to people moving up the economic ladder. The Red Book (page 62) reveals that more than… Continue reading


Cameron v Balls: now with added video!

13 March 2008 12:43

Guido’s put together some great footage of David Cameron taking on Ed Balls in the Budget debate yesterday.  Here it is, for the benefit of CoffeeHousers:


Getting spending down

13 March 2008 12:25

Aside from British budget madness, as Labour and the Tories argue about how much they’d push state spending up, the rest of the world talks about getting spending down. Yesterday,… Continue reading


The Government have got their priorities right

13 March 2008 11:21

Alistair Darling’s first Budget was a Budget for uncertain times. Given the current global turbulence, the Government have taken no chances. This is not the time for a showstopping Budget.… Continue reading


Hangover time

13 March 2008 11:08

Anyone who stockpiled their vodka collection ahead of yesterday’s savage increases in alcohol duties will probably be feeling a little rough this morning; and so too will Alastair Darling, I… Continue reading


Budget roundup

13 March 2008 9:12

The consensus in today’s papers?  That yesterday’s Budget was unexciting.  No surprises.  No radical policy ideas.  A "safe Budget", according to the FT.  Or just plain "dull", as the Guardian… Continue reading

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Spinning a revolution

13 March 2008 8:33

At 7.10am this morning, there was a prime example of why Brown may get away with posing as the champion of welfare reform. Kim Catcheside, the BBC’s social affairs correspondent,… Continue reading


Coffee House’s Budget Coverage

12 March 2008 21:05

Here is a selection of our Budget coverage, do check back tomorrow for more analysis and if you want to read our thoughts as they unfolded through the day just… Continue reading

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Why save?

12 March 2008 19:47

The Chancellor made much today about the government’s attempt to encourage saving. But with up to 40 per cent of people’s income taken away from them before they even get… Continue reading


Unjustified smugness

12 March 2008 19:37

The Chancellor may have claimed that Britain was better prepared than any other nation to deal with a cooling world economy, but looking behind the headline-grabbing initiatives on ‘sin taxes’… Continue reading


No company

12 March 2008 19:21

The Chancellor waffled on about the millions of new companies created in the past ten years, yet these ‘new’ companies are simply a legal re-branding: sole-traders and partnerships that have… Continue reading


A Budget for social justice?

12 March 2008 19:19

Given the tight position of the public finances and the global economic slowdown this was never going to be a Budget for big giveaways. In this context the fact that… Continue reading


Another Balls up

12 March 2008 19:10

You would have thought that by now the Labour front bench would have learned not to heckle David Cameron as one of Cameron’s strengths at the Despatch Box is his… Continue reading


Darling’s regressive tax increases

12 March 2008 18:40

With the tax hike on alcohol and cigarettes, Labour, supposedly the party of working people, is effectively increasing taxes on the poor as a much larger proportion of poorer people’s… Continue reading


Say what?!

12 March 2008 18:19

Did any Coffee Housers catch what Ed Balls said? David Cameron mentioned the huge tax burden during his budget response and Balls shouted "so what?". Or that’s Cameron’s version. The Secretary of… Continue reading


Labour on the back foot

12 March 2008 17:31

Today’s Budget made clear that we are in for a protracted period of political trench warfare. Darling’s speech was cautious in the extreme while the Tory response was hardly bold.… Continue reading


Making things worse

12 March 2008 17:29

The opening remarks of Alistair Darling’s Budget speech showed that the Chancellor is well aware of Britain and the world economy’s ongoing economic woes.  How troubling and disappointing, then, that… Continue reading


Badly-prepared Britain

12 March 2008 17:17

Dull, dull, hopelessly dull.  This is a Chancellor who dithered over Northern Rock, dithered over capital gains tax, and now can’t even decide whether the plastic bags levy should be… Continue reading

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Unfunded spending

12 March 2008 17:15

My prize for comment of the day goes to CS responding to my earlier post on Patricia Hewitt: "Just saw Old Pat on the TV slagging off her opponents’ ‘unfunded… Continue reading


Budgeting for reform

12 March 2008 17:05

I’ve just been talking Budget with Andrew Haldenby, the director of Reform (read their contribution to Coffee House’s Budget coverage here).  Like most of us, he’s incensed by the level… Continue reading