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Danny Alexander

Lib Dems bringing home the bacon

23 March 2011 15:59

There are a few big Lib Dem policy wins in this Budget, most notably the rise in the personal allowance and the introduction of land auctions. But there are also… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Budget magic trick

20 March 2011 10:09

Spare a thought for George Osborne and Danny Alexander. They had their own budgetary magic show planned for Wednesday, and were yet again planning to be the Paul Daniels and Debbie… Continue reading

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Balls and Miliband fail the credibility test

14 March 2011 13:03

Eds Miliband and Balls gathered the press corps together this morning to broadcast a straightforward message: oh yes, we do have an alternative. And the shape of that alternative? A… Continue reading

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The inflation crisis deepens

18 January 2011 10:33

How big does inflation have to get before our politicians admit that it’s a problem? Once again, it has “surprised” on the upside – the CPI index stood at 3.7… Continue reading

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A tale of two quads

21 December 2010 13:54

There could barely be a starker contrast between Danny Alexander’s interview with the FT today and the, ahem, Cableleaks. Unlike his fellow Lib Demmer, the Treasury Secretary knew that he… Continue reading

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Writing the Laws

20 December 2010 16:26

Even out of office, David Laws remains one of the most important figures in the coalition. He was one of only two Lib Dem MPs — the other being Danny… Continue reading

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The Passion of Nick Clegg

5 December 2010 10:44

You almost feel sorry for Nick Clegg this week, with the tuition fees vote in prospect. Being hated is difficult for LibDems because they didn’t expect it. Not so with… Continue reading

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Parliamentarian of the Year award recipients 2010

17 November 2010 22:43

The Spectator held its annual Parliamentarian of the Year Awards ceremony this evening. Here, for CoffeeHousers to deliberate over, is the full list of winners: Newcomer of the year: Caroline… Continue reading

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Poppy season

11 November 2010 13:21

Keen-eyed spectators might have noticed Danny Alexander and Michael Gove wearing a slightly different type of poppy over the last few days: the Scottish Poppy. At the beginning of the… Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: What about those who aren’t pulling a housing benefit scam?

3 November 2010 18:16

Most sensible taxpayers think Britain’s current housing benefit costs to be a terrific scam. In the last five years the bill has risen by 25 percent. We now pay £21billion… Continue reading

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The ginger rodent

30 October 2010 15:58

I wonder what they’ll come up with for Uncle Vince? Nick Clegg is a closet Tory (nice homophobic overtone there), and Danny Alexander reminds anti-persecution supremo Harriet Harman of a… Continue reading

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Osborne’s Paul Daniels strategy

24 October 2010 16:05

Is George Osborne the first British Chancellor to hide good news in the small print? I ask this in my News of the World column (£) today, and ask what… Continue reading

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More to Osborne’s plan than gambling

21 October 2010 9:03

Paul Mason’s review of the cuts for Newsnight last night (from 10:20 into the video here) was one of the most powerful critiques of Osborne from the left. His package… Continue reading

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Spending review live blog 

20 October 2010 12:24

1350, PH: And that’s Johnson finished now. Osborne is responding, but we’ll leave the live blog there. Plenty more coverage on Coffee House soon. 1348, PH: Johnson claims that Osborne’s… Continue reading

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Exclusive: 1.5 million jobs to be created during the ‘cuts’

20 October 2010 10:08

Almost every newspaper today leads on the chilling figure of 500,000 jobs to go. This was taken from a briefing paper held by Danny Alexander – a “gaffe” says The… Continue reading

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The unavoidable cruelty of necessary cuts

19 October 2010 16:59

Even though the SDSR promises that it “will be used by units returning from Germany or retained for other purposes,” the loss of RAF Kinloss will still be a body… Continue reading

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Lib Dems to the right of their Tory colleagues?

2 October 2010 20:08

I’ve re-read it several times now and I’m still not sure whether Francis Maude was joking or not when he told The Times that Danny Alexander ‘is obviously a bit… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems face the public

20 September 2010 11:39

The most brutal session the Lib Dems will see is the studio audience currently assembled by Victoria Derbyshire for her Five Live phone-in. It’s a rare event in conference time,… Continue reading

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Alexander’s arguments

19 September 2010 13:47

Danny Alexander’s announcement of a £900 million clampdown on tax avoidance, evasion and fraud is designed to reassure Lib Dems that the coalition’s policies are fair, that it isn’t balancing… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems get their lines right

19 September 2010 10:11

So far, so effective from Nick Clegg and his coalition colleagues. They seem to have three key messages for the party faithful in Liverpool – i) c’mon, let’s enjoy being… Continue reading

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Alexander’s no apologist

18 September 2010 18:18

Nick Clegg opened last year’s Lib Dem conference with the promise of ‘savage cuts’. The party shuddered at the idea and they’re unnerved by the reality. Those savage cuts lour… Continue reading

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Benefit reform - one theatre in Cameron’s war

12 September 2010 13:10

The Observer has received letters revealing that George Osborne plans to deliver net savings of ‘at least £2.5bn’ from the Employment Support Allowance by limiting the amount of time people can… Continue reading

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Blair’s contempt for the left

1 September 2010 10:10

In tomorrow’s papers the reviewers will compare ‘A Journey’ to those "real-life" misery memoirs that seem to be publishing catnip. It is not inaccurate to conclude that this is tale… Continue reading

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No tax cuts in England’s green and pleasant land

29 August 2010 11:33

Danny Alexander has told the Observer that substantial tax cuts are highly unlikely for five years. Alexander argues that ‘the tax burden is necessary as a significant contribution to getting… Continue reading

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The cuts start to bite

3 August 2010 14:34

It must have been the toughest press release that anyone in the Central Office of Infomation has ever had to draft. A freeze on new campaigns and the abandonment of… Continue reading

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