Autumn statement

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

Podcast special: a good Autumn Statement for George Osborne?

3 December 2014 19:49

George Osborne appears to have delivered a successful Autumn Statement, but are there some dark secrets in the details? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron. And his emotional range is far narrower than the PM’s.… Continue reading

What colour is this tie?

Autumn Statement Tricks: Osborne confounds the betting market

3 December 2014 13:01

Ignore the numbers, the spin and the bleak borrowing – there is only one question that needs answering. What colour is the Chancellor’s tie? Ladbrokes were offering bets on the… Continue reading

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

What’s Osborne plotting now? Tories plan mysterious vote after Autumn Statement

2 December 2014 17:08

The Conservative party is all abuzz this afternoon, but it’s not about the Autumn Statement. They’ve been told that there is a three-line whip vote on ‘something’ on Thursday. Not… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Autumn Statement choreography makes life doubly difficult for Labour

2 December 2014 8:59

George Osborne is choreographing his autumn statement week to make things as difficult as possible for Labour. At present senior ministers are travelling the country handing out nice things to… Continue reading

Chancellor George Osborne Meets Women Leading The Economy

George Osborne’s roads bonanza is the most fun he’ll have for a while

1 December 2014 8:54

George Osborne has been looking forward to this particular Autumn Statement for a while because it is the opportunity for him and other colleagues to tour the country like Santa… Continue reading

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Tories to shut up about immigration and talk about the economy instead

30 November 2014 11:23

There is a simple political test for the autumn statement, does it make the economy Topic A again? The Tories’ election strategy relies on the economy being the dominant issue… Continue reading


MPs push George Osborne to give Autumn Statement wings

18 November 2014 12:52

This year’s Autumn Statement isn’t going to be full of a great deal of Christmas cheer. But as it’ll take place just over five months before the General Election, Tory… Continue reading

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Ed Balls is back on form, but that doesn’t give Labour economic credibility

10 December 2013 13:40

There were two key lessons from Treasury Questions today. The first is about Labour’s post-autumn statement line of attack. We already knew from Ed Balls’ briefing last Thursday that he… Continue reading

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Coalition parties near a deal on energy bills

27 October 2013 15:20

The good news for the Cameroons on energy is that it looks like they’ll get an agreement by the Autumn Statement to take at least some of the green levies… Continue reading

Liam Byrne says the balance of welfare in this country is 'completely out of whack'. Picture: Getty

Liam Byrne interview: The welfare system is ‘completely out of whack’

13 December 2012 11:34

Liam Byrne is a modernising, Blairite Labour MP, and in case you were in any doubt about that, he conducts his interview with Coffee House sitting next to a framed… Continue reading

Robert Chote (L) of the OBR.

We’ve shown forecasts are unreliable, jokes OBR chief

11 December 2012 13:34

‘We’ve done quite a good job at demonstrating the limitations of economic forecasting,’ half-joked Office for Budget Responsibility Chairman Robert Chote at the start of his Treasury Select Committee appearance… Continue reading

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Ed Balls says Labour will oppose the Welfare Uprating Bill

11 December 2012 13:23

Ed Balls gave the clearest indication yet today that his party would vote against the government’s plans to cap benefit rises to 1 per cent rather than in line with… Continue reading

Ed Miliband is making noises about opposing the government's latest benefits cut. Picture: Getty

Will he, won’t he? Ed Miliband makes noises about benefits war

9 December 2012 9:46

Ed Miliband is ready to wage war with David Cameron and George Osborne over the Welfare Uprating Bill, which will see benefits rise by 1 per cent a year, rather… Continue reading

This time it's amber. Next time, a red light for Osborne from S&P- unless he can grow the economy.

Citi: Osborne “no longer has credible plans” to tackle debt

7 December 2012 15:24

Britain will lose its AAA rating within 18 months because George Osborne ‘no longer has credible plans to put the debt/GDP ratio on a stable or declining path’ according to… Continue reading

A new poll suggests the Autumn Statement has improved George Osborne's standing with the public. Picture: Getty Images

The public’s verdict on the Autumn Statement

7 December 2012 13:23

We’ve only had two days to digest it, but the early signs from YouGov are that George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has gone down a lot better than his March Budget.… Continue reading

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Osborne’s ghost of Christmas future

7 December 2012 8:54

There was plenty to welcome in George Osborne’s budget, from the proposed corporation tax cut to scrapping the 3p fuel duty rise. But to read Jonathan’s seven-graph summary is to realise that… Continue reading

Nick Clegg and David Cameron

For the Autumn Statement, stability: for the mid-term review, ambition

6 December 2012 18:52

After months of squabbling and not-so-civil war, the coalition now appears to be functioning again. This is one immediate consequence of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. The Chancellor was allowed to… Continue reading

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The Autumn Statement in 7 graphs

6 December 2012 18:18

1. Growth evaporating. The Office for Budget Responsibility once again downgraded its growth forecasts for 2012-13 and, for the first time, also did so for 2014-16. Despite that, the OBR… Continue reading

The IFS says the policies in George Osborne's Autumn Statement will hit the rich and the poor, but make the upper middle better off. Picture: Getty Images

A budget for the squeezed middle

6 December 2012 16:55

Ed Miliband may have coined the term, but it seems George Osborne has the squeezed middle on his mind too. The overall effect of yesterday’s budget* was to take from… Continue reading

Ed Balls and Ed Miliband look set to vote against the Welfare Uprating Bill. Picture: Getty

Labour aims to change political dynamic around benefits uprating

6 December 2012 11:58

It now looks almost certain that Labour will vote against the 1 per cent uprating for most working age benefits. Labour is pointing out that because this also includes tax… Continue reading

George Osborne

If Britain loses its AAA rating, Osborne will lose one of his key attack lines

6 December 2012 10:08

George Osborne’s admission that he will not meet his target to have debt as a percentage of GDP falling by 2015/16 has serious consequences for one of his central messages.… Continue reading

George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons.

Autumn Statement sketch: Sub-arctic Chancellor warms up the Commons

5 December 2012 17:56

From our sub-arctic chancellor this was a rip-roaring performance. Using all the arts perfected by Gordon Brown, he dazzled the house with his Autumn Statement. A chancellor should never be… Continue reading

bond markets

Autumn Statement: How long can we keep skating on thin bond market ice?

5 December 2012 17:45

In today’s Autumn Statement there was some great news on jobs and fuel duty, but it’s surrounded by a surreal atmosphere. We must still beware the bond market. Employment is… Continue reading

Lord Oakeshott criticised the decision to leave a mansion tax out of the Autumn Statement.

Autumn Statement: Lord Oakeshott claims George Osborne dances to donors’ tune

5 December 2012 17:40

The Liberal Democrats are keen to use today to show that Coalition works, but Lord Oakeshott is in a less charitable mood. I’ve just had a chat with him about George… Continue reading