Cost of living

Cost of living pressures continue to squeeze the over-60s

8 August 2016 11:42

When I was a cub reporter, writing for the paper of record at a time when the economy was booming…

Budget 2015: The challenges for Labour

18 March 2015 11:02

Ed Miliband will respond to the Budget today (the Shadow Chancellor responds to the Autumn Statement, and has a Budget…

Inflation down, Osborne up

19 August 2014 12:08

David Cameron is back on holidays again, this time to Cornwall. He missed a trick. His economic recovery is making…

David Cameron’s voteless recovery

1 August 2014 8:33

The economy has recovered, and is steadily growing. That much is now clear. It has long been assumed that this…

Ed Miliband’s ‘new politics’ update

29 July 2014 15:31

Derision met Labour when news emerged that more than half of its prospective parliamentary candidates are former special advisers, party…

Let’s have more work and lower costs to raise living standards – the Living Wage won’t help

24 June 2014 11:34

In the latest in a long-line of Commissions or studies into the roll-out of a ‘Living Wage’, today the Archbishop of…

The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks…

Charles Clarke: Labour has no credible economic plan and voters don’t see Miliband as PM

10 June 2014 13:52

Labour’s failure to offer a credible economic alternative to the Tories is going hurt them in next year’s election, according…

You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy…

Crisis of sincerity in the Miliband household?

20 May 2014 12:25

Mr S started the morning with Susannah Reid and Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain. All was pootling along quietly…

Inflation rises – should the coalition be worried?

20 May 2014 11:23

Inflation has risen for the first time in ten months, with the consumer prices index growing by 1.8 per cent…

There’s supposed to be a ‘cost of living crisis’, Ed. Will free gym use solve it?

17 April 2014 13:03

There was much excitement on Tuesday night when Labour’s Pat McFadden, a former business and employment minister, appeared on Newsnight…

Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that…

Has anyone noticed Tory tanks rolling onto Labour’s lawn?

7 April 2014 8:40

It’s unfashionable to talk about the battle for the centre ground these days. The fight to win political credibility is…

Time to switch energy companies say ministers

17 March 2014 17:07

Both coalition parties remain scarred by the political potency of Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices. They are determined…

Another Tory says there’s a ‘strong case’ for raising the minimum wage

8 January 2014 13:20

This lunchtime, Treasury minister Sajid Javid said there is a ‘strong case to look at’ raising the minimum wage, joining…

Some keen parkrun participants in Leeds. Picture: PA

Struggling with your New Year’s Resolution already? It’s all David Cameron’s fault.

2 January 2014 19:58

Ed Miliband did vow to ‘relentlessly’ focus on the cost of living crisis facing hardworking families up and down the…

PMQs: Backbenchers eerily silent as bosses discuss their pay

11 December 2013 13:11

Ed Miliband started off with a soft question to which he already knew the answer at PMQs: ‘Does the PM…

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…

Ed Balls: OBR forecasts show cost of living will continue to haunt Tories

5 December 2013 17:07

Ed Balls has not had a good day. He has just given his post-autumn statement briefing, at which he argued…

Autumn statement: Labour’s only safe attack line

5 December 2013 8:56

George Osborne wants to use today’s Autumn Statement to focus on the good figures and his government’s responsible approach to…

Caroline Flint and Ed Davey clash over who cares most about consumers

2 December 2013 16:49

One of the Conservatives’ great victories in government has been to portray the party as on the side of consumers…

What Lynton Crosby told David Cameron’s political Cabinet

24 November 2013 15:44

The next time you see a Tory minister on television, count how long it is until they say that David…

Poinsettias are just one victim of the energy crisis. Who’ll be next?

15 November 2013 13:32

‘For millions of families’, the Telegraph reports today, poinsettia ‘is as much a festive favourite as turkey and Christmas trees’. Which…

David Cameron: Miliband’s Labour poses the same old danger

12 November 2013 12:42

David Cameron’s speech at the Lord Mayor’s banquet yesterday evening rehearsed some basic political arguments that will be honed between…