austerity

Me interviewing Darling for my Ch4 Dispatches film "How the rich get richer"

Alistair Darling: why I changed my mind on tax credits

20 July 2015 16:44

Last autumn, I presented a Ch4 documentary on inequality. I could have made three hours’ worth of that show – or written a book – but it was distilled down… Continue reading

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Tory summer party auctions a photo of the Cabinet – for £200,000

1 July 2015 12:50

Despite the government planning £12bn worth of welfare cuts, it’s still a case of no expense spared when it comes to Tory parties. Last night the Conservative Party Summer Party was held… Continue reading

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A poster at Glastonbury

David Cameron takes centre stage at Glastonbury

29 June 2015 13:05

David Cameron’s former director of strategy Steve Hilton recently wrote in The Spectator that Glastonbury is not merely a ‘left-wing utopia’, arguing that it operates in accordance with conservative principles. Mr… Continue reading

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People's Assembly Against Austerity Hold Demonstration And Festival

A trip to Greece might make Charlotte Church fear national debt

22 June 2015 17:11

It is amazing what some people are willing to listen to on a Saturday.  I have just watched Charlotte Church’s speech to the small fringe of ‘anti-austerity’ activists in Westminster… Continue reading

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Demonstrator's signs are seen at an Anti Austerity demonstration at Bank Of England on June 20, 2015 in London, England.

David Cameron makes the case for the Tories’ moral mission

22 June 2015 9:16

David Cameron has never particularly warmed to the language of compassionate conservatism. In the past, that side of the conservatism has generally been represented by Iain Duncan Smith — with… Continue reading

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The SNP, which would impose eye-watering austerity on Scotland, remains immune to the laws of politics

12 June 2015 12:27

David Mundell, the somewhat improbable Secretary of State for Scotland, had at least one good line yesterday: “The SNP are asking for something they don’t really want, but of course they… Continue reading

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George Osborne wears safety glasses during a visit to Garrandale Ltd on June 1, 2015 in Derby, England.

George Osborne puts Labour ‘on the spot’ with law to enshrine budget surpluses

10 June 2015 9:11

George Osborne is making his first big move as Chancellor in this Parliament. In his Mansion House speech tonight, he will announce a ‘new settlement’ for the economy: a permanent commitment to… Continue reading

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David Cameron Speaks At The Conservative Party General Election Rally

Tories convinced ‘moment of maximum danger’ has passed

5 April 2015 12:45

On Thursday night, David Cameron didn’t eviscerate the competition. But nor did he suffer any damage and that, to Tory high command, meant that it was job done. The Tory… Continue reading

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Ireland's Alexis Tsipras? (Photo: Paul Faith/Getty)

Sinn Féin has begun to think of itself as the 'Irish Syriza'

9 March 2015 12:14

Imagine a party that’s a cross between the SNP, Syriza and Ukip – one that is anti-establishment and combines the self-regard of the plucky outsider with an intermittent lead in the… Continue reading

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Consumers Feel The Pinch With Christmas Around The Corner

Government borrowing is up – the economic picture isn’t as rosy as the Tories say

20 June 2014 12:35

It’s tempting given the optimistic mood on the Conservative benches at the moment to think that everything is just great with the economy. Not so, according to today’s borrowing figures… 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

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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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

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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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Visit Lloyds TSB Bank

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

21 February 2014 17:59

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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ONS admits UK economic recovery is stronger than it thought

20 December 2013 12:55

The ONS has today revised upwards its growth for most of 2013, to show a recovery far stronger than it admitted at the time. This fits a trend: in economics,… Continue reading

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5 Hertford Street, George Osborne not visible. Image: Getty

Austerity, what austerity?

8 October 2013 16:46

Where better to celebrate the launch of a book about Britain’s age of austerity than in the gritty surroundings of 5 Hertford Street, quipped Standard Editor Sarah Sands last night… Continue reading

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Denial is a River in Scotland

27 June 2013 13:25

Aye, the old ones are the best. You might think that George Osborne’s decision to  leave the Scottish block grant more-or-less untouched in yesterday’s spending review would be a cause… Continue reading

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Supporters cheer comedian-turned-political agitator, Beppe Grillo, as he arrives for his final rally in Rome. Picture: Getty

Weary Italian voters can teach UK politicians lessons

26 February 2013 9:32

Italian voters are clearly cheesed off: with the Establishment, and with the country’s austerity programme. The explosion onto the scene of Beppe Grillo – which Freddy examined in his post… Continue reading

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The Osborne austerity has meant core spending cut by just 3pc over 3 years. Debt is soaring - and voters who wanted him to fix all this will be deeply unimpressed in 2015.

The Daily Telegraph’s verdict: Osborne isn’t working.

9 February 2013 10:17

The Daily Telegraph is more supportive of the Conservative Party than any British newspaper, which is why its leader today – urging George Osborne to change course – is important.… Continue reading

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Danny Alexander turned up the pressure on Alex Salmond

Danny Alexander: We’d do it all over again

28 October 2012 11:59

Danny Alexander told Andrew Neil on The Sunday Politics that even if he had known the economy would only grow by 0.6% rather than the five and a half percent… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband addresses the TUC rally in Hyde Park today. Photo: Anthony Devlin/WPA-Pool/Getty Images

It isn’t Miliband’s anti-austerity message that should worry the Tories but his pitch for small business support

20 October 2012 19:19

Ed Miliband’s speech to the anti-cuts rally today was well-pitched. The lines about how any government would have to make cuts guaranteed him the jeers that he needed to show… Continue reading

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Osborne Austerity

How big are the cuts so far?

25 July 2012 17:06

‘Osborne’s austerity is killing the recovery.’ It’s a familiar refrain, one that we hear every time there’s bad economic news. And, sure enough, today’s terrible GDP stats have sparked yet… Continue reading

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