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U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers Autumn Budget Statement

The Tories aren’t planning to run a £23 billion surplus in 2019/20

7 December 2014 13:35

All the talk about the ‘colossal’ cuts to come if the Tories win re-election has been predicated on the assumption that the Tories are committed to running a £23 billion… Continue reading

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Protesters marching against cuts in Newcastle. Photo: PA.

Newcastle Labour leader founds a big society

18 February 2013 15:27

Labour’s Nick Forbes is a great pioneer of austerity. As leader of Newcastle City Council he bravely decided to shut half the city’s libraries, close two respite centres for disabled… Continue reading

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Maria Miller: upsetting the arts. Photo: Getty Images.

Arts cuts? What arts cuts?

28 November 2012 22:51

Luvvies have never really liked Tory governments. Poor Tracey Emin was nearly lynched by the arts crowds when she had the audacity to let David Cameron hang  one of her… 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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Miliband is marching to the wrong drum

26 March 2011 15:46

Ed Miliband’s decision to address today’s anti-cuts march is a strategic mistake. It makes him look like the tribune of an interest group not a national leader. He’ll also be… Continue reading

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Expect the unexpected

13 December 2010 20:22

Peter Kellner has an interesting comment piece up on the YouGov site about how we are in the unusual position of having three relatively unpopular party leaders. Nick Clegg’s approval… Continue reading

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Cameron, more ideological than he appears

2 October 2010 12:31

The Tory conference in Birmingham is the last big political event before the cuts come. After the 20th, every time a senior Tory appears in public for the next few… Continue reading

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Pickles axes the Audit Commission

13 August 2010 21:07

Eric Pickles’ decision to scrap the Audit Commission is further evidence that Pickles is the minister prepared to move quickest on the cuts agenda. It is a bold decision and… Continue reading

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