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Danny Alexander

The broken pledge.

Lib Dem conference: Danny Alexander admits he knew tuition fees pledge was unaffordable

23 September 2012 11:38

Liberal Democrats here in Brighton are divided on the Clegg tuition fees apology. Most of them feel it was worth a try, that it was necessary if the party is… Continue reading

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Danny Alexander calls for the income tax threshold to rise to £10,000. Picture: Getty.

Danny Alexander fires shot in fairer taxes battle

18 September 2012 18:40

Danny Alexander is clearly super-keen to remind everyone of what the Lib Dem slogan is for their party conference, which begins on Saturday. ‘We need fairer taxes in these tough… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Danny Alexander’s real enemy

11 August 2012 17:22

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is to drop his normally conciliatory voice to attack the Tories at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton. So what? you… Continue reading

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in Downing Street

Danny Alexander: Triple A rating isn’t the be-all and end-all

6 August 2012 8:53

‘I am proud to be part of a UK government that has re-established our country’s financial credibility. And the credit rating agencies rate the UK as triple A. The low… Continue reading

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British Finance Minister George Osborne

Restoring the coalition’s credibility

18 July 2012 8:15

The coalition’s infrastructure shopping spree to cheer itself up after a miserable few weeks continues today. George Osborne and Danny Alexander are offering guarantees on up to £40 billion of… Continue reading

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in Downing Street

Danny, David and tax

24 June 2012 13:15

What are we to make the split between Danny Alexander and his predecessor as deputy Chancellor, David Laws, over the size of the state? Laws says today it should be… Continue reading

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Is Alexander ushering in Austerity Squared?

23 April 2012 12:15

23rd April, 2012 — mark it down in your calendars, CoffeeHousers. For, after weeks of froth and fury about tax, today’s the day when the government focused on spending cuts… Continue reading

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Transcript: Balls vs Alexander on tax credits

5 April 2012 15:06

On the Today programme this morning, Ed Balls aired his criticisms of the government’s tax credit changes — which come in tomorrow. He was followed by Danny Alexander, who emphasised… Continue reading

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Balls goes on the attack over tax credits

5 April 2012 9:49

After all the commotion about various policies in last month’s Budget, the focus this morning has shifted to measures announced back in 2010. Why? Because they take effect tomorrow. So… Continue reading

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Spending will become more significant as 2015 approaches

24 March 2012 12:47

Four days after George Osborne signed its death warrant, there is still life in the 50p rate yet. The two main political interviews in today’s papers — Ed Miliband in… Continue reading

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Twelve points about the Budget

21 March 2012 15:19

There’s much to applaud in this budget, but as ever we in Coffee House are focusing on things jumping out from the small print. Here are a few things I’ve… Continue reading

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Raise the tax threshhold and let youth prevail

26 February 2012 16:13

Youth unemployment is approaching crisis levels in Britain. For almost two decades, Britain’s more flexible labour market had favourable effects on youth employment. But the re-regulation of the British economy… Continue reading

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Why George should listen to Danny

23 February 2012 10:08

In the new Spectator, we back the Liberal Democrats’ plans to raise the tax threshold to £10,000 — provided that the money is found by cuts in state spending rather… Continue reading

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The tax debate at the heart of the Budget

19 February 2012 13:47

The run-up to last year’s Budget was all about fuel duty. This year it’ll be all about direct taxes. The Lib Dems are determined to put their manifesto pledge of… Continue reading

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Tory Ministers need to back the Health Bill

19 February 2012 10:55

Tomorrow’s Downing Street meeting on the implementation of the health reforms is meant to send the message that the bill is definitely going ahead. Number 10 is keen to shore… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s NHS squeeze

13 February 2012 15:51

Andrew Lansley’s career prospects were boosted yesterday — when Simon Hughes said that he should ‘move on’ after the NHS reforms have been implemented. Since then, Downing Street has redoubled… Continue reading

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Warming up for the Budget

12 February 2012 13:06

The Budget negotiations within government are now underway. The quad of Cameron, Clegg, Osborne and Alexander held a meeting last week to discuss their priorities for the Budget on March… Continue reading

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The 50p tax debate won’t be settled this year — but it might be escalated

11 February 2012 10:26

More evidence this morning that the government won’t be dropping the 50p rate any time soon, in the form of an interview with Danny Alexander. ‘This is not the time… Continue reading

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The government’s Hester problem intensifies

29 January 2012 13:25

First there was Fred Goodwin, now there’s Stephen Hester. The chief executive of RBS is fast becoming the bête noire of the British banking system, thanks to his roughly £1… Continue reading

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Benefitting the Tories

23 January 2012 13:32

The longer the row over the benefit cap goes on, the better it will be for the Tories. The cap chimes with the public’s sense of fairness. Polls show massive… Continue reading

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An early Christmas present for the coalition

20 December 2011 14:24

It has only taken several months of bitter negotiation and a national strike to get here, but a deal between the unions and the government over public sector pensions could… Continue reading

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Baseline advantage

4 December 2011 13:06

One of the advantages the governing party has during an election campaign is the ability to set the baseline. It is your plans which every other parties’ are measured against.… Continue reading

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The importance of being earnest

4 December 2011 10:10

The absence of growth and the importance of credibility are recurring themes in this morning’s papers. John Lord Hutton has told the BBC that revised growth figures make pension reform even… Continue reading

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The Autumn Statement Makes a Tory-Lib Dem Electoral Pact More Likely

29 November 2011 23:43

Amidst the economic doom and gloom (though all the forecasts are always wrong so who knows how things will look by 2015?), the politics of the coalition government remain interesting.… Continue reading

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If Clegg wants to reduce youth unemployment, then he’s going to have to look at regulation

12 November 2011 19:29

Nick Clegg’s interview in The Times today presages a major Lib Dem effort to try and promote policies to reduce youth unemployment. With figures out on Wednesday expected to show… Continue reading

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