Is the looming prospect of Brexit dampening trade with other EU countries?

9 June 2016 17:00

Is the looming prospect of Brexit dampening trade with other EU countries? Not if the latest trade statistics are anything…

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Britain is selling less to Europe but the EU is still hugely important

10 May 2016 16:39

Britain’s trade deficit – the gap between what the UK imports and exports – is now at its biggest since…


Watch: Richard Burgon struggles with the deficit (again)

3 March 2016 17:51

When Richard Burgon appeared on Channel 4 News last year to defend John McDonnell over his fiscal charter U-turn, the…

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Osborne looks set to miss his deficit target – again

21 October 2015 10:22

After disappointing figures last month, public borrowing in September came in lower than forecast, at £9.4bn, figures published by ONS…

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Osborne’s welcome conversion to the advantages of a budget surplus

10 June 2015 15:01

There should always be celebration when a sinner repents, and so it’s great to see George Osborne’s belated conversion to…

Ed Miliband is brought hot water to help shake off his illness

Is this the reason Miliband forgot to mention the deficit in his conference speech?

9 June 2015 18:35

Earlier this month Patrick Wintour wrote an in-depth profile of Ed Miliband’s failed election campaign for the Guardian. In it,…

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Ed Miliband: the stone ‘got people talking’ — and refuses to apologise for borrowing too much (again)

4 May 2015 9:43

Ed Miliband began the first 15 minutes of his NHS day talking about trust and the deficit. In a feisty…

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Chris Leslie makes ‘no apology’ for Labour’s focus on the current budget deficit

22 April 2015 17:38

Senior Labour figures have looked uncomfortable during this campaign when speaking of their own party’s policy on balancing the books…

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Exclusive: Where the next generation of MPs think the burden of cuts should fall

16 April 2015 16:16

What do the next generation of MPs think with regards to public services, government spending and taxes? Coffee House has…

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Campaign kick-off: 21 days to go

16 April 2015 10:00

Now that all the manifestos are in the public domain, we are back onto more conventional campaign territory. The big…

Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

Nick Clegg sets out red lines for coalition negotiations with Labour and the Tories

13 April 2015 20:59

Nick Clegg produced Lib Dem red lines for any coalition with either Labour or the Tories in an interview with…

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Deficit? What deficit? Labour candidates ignore key issue

10 April 2015 16:06

Ed Miliband famously forgot to mention the deficit in his 2014 conference speech, but you would have thought that at…

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Chris Leslie confirms: Ed Miliband is planning more tax rises

5 April 2015 12:43

There’s something Ed Miliband isn’t telling us. He’d spend more, he says, and tackle the deficit. But how? Almost every…

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Lucy Powell confirms: debt-addicted Labour has no plan to balance the books

29 March 2015 14:02

‘You aren’t listening to what I’m saying,’ said a rather rattled Lucy Powell, Labour’s election chief, whom the party put up for…

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Ukip backs Osborne’s deficit plans – but how would Farage cut spending?

27 February 2015 12:01

The Ukip spring conference is underway in Margate today, with the party starting the two days of speeches and fringes…

Nicola Sturgeon Delivers Anti-Austerity Speech At Universtiy College London

David Cameron is lucky he faces Ed Miliband, not Nicola Sturgeon

11 February 2015 19:03

In some respects David Cameron has been a lucky politician. Lucky that his predecessors had failed so completely that his…

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Labour’s latest plan: tackling the deficit through gun licence fees

13 January 2015 18:13

listen to ‘Chris Leslie says Labour will cut the deficit through gun licences’ on audioBoom Shadow Chief Secretary to the…

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The Tories need to ‘weaponise’ Ed Miliband’s incompetence

11 January 2015 10:40

Ed Miliband was on Andrew Marr’s sofa this morning, drawing 2015 battle lines. It all looked very encouraging – if…

The poster and the porkie

How Osborne’s ‘deficit halved’ claim backfired  

3 January 2015 9:25

So – how did it go? Yesterday, Tory HQ yesterday issued a poster with the misleading claim that the deficit…

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Why must Grant Shapps spoil a good story with a porkie?

29 December 2014 19:09

An email arrives from Grant Shapps, chairman of the Tory Party, listing the things the Coalition has achieved in four…

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Is David Cameron telling porkies on the deficit? His spokesman explains

15 December 2014 17:26

As Fraser points out, David Cameron has gone from saying the deficit has been brought down by a third to claiming…

The Prime Minister Joins The Irish Taoiseach At Stormont For Cross Party Talks

Labour accuses Government of ‘U-turn’ on Budget charter

15 December 2014 14:42

The government has published its Charter on Budget Responsibility, which at one stage was supposed to be a Labour trap…

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Jeremy Vine and the truth about government spending

10 December 2014 15:57

Those who complain about the BBC (myself included) usually only refer to a small part of a massive and divergent operation.…

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How do you solve a problem like the NHS? The Spectator asks the experts

30 October 2014 12:14

So ingrained is the NHS as part of British life that it’s hard to imagine it disappearing. But it can’t…

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How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb

29 October 2014 10:13

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government…