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George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

21 July 2014 9:15

George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining how pensioners can unlock their life’s savings. The Chancellor has said that the Treasury will… Continue reading

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Who is Robert Peston’s ‘senior government source’?

10 July 2014 13:55

Earlier this year, a ‘government source’ floated the idea that Sebastian Coe could well be appointed the next chairman of the BBC Trust. It’s no secret that George Osborne and… Continue reading

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General Views Of Government Ministries Before The Budget

The speech that revealed what George Osborne believes

28 June 2014 12:39

It is a risky business for any serving Cabinet Minister to give a big picture political speech setting out their personal philosophy. It is all too easy for such a… Continue reading

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U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

Video: George Osborne — future Foreign Secretary and Tory leader?

26 June 2014 12:49

Has George Osborne reached the top of his political game? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman discuss the rising fortunes of the Chancellor and… Continue reading

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Podcast: Is religion the new politics, and Osborne on the up, Miliband on the down

26 June 2014 9:30

Are we seeing a global revival of religion, which is having a radical impact on politics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Damian Thompson debates Cristina Odone on this… Continue reading

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Leeds Town Hall, scene of the 'Le Grand Depart' for the Tour de France in 2013, a symbol of urban renewal in the North. (Image: Getty)

Britain must realise George Osborne’s vision of a northern powerhouse

24 June 2014 11:31

If you walk around our great northern cities, you’ll see stunning examples of civic pride. Albert Square in Manchester and Leeds Town Hall reflect resurgent local confidence. Old narratives of… Continue reading

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Even Nick Clegg likes George Osborne’s HS3 rail commitment

23 June 2014 14:39

George Osborne’s commitment to a third high speed rail link in the future has gone down well this morning with a nice spread of business groups, northern MPs and Conservatives… Continue reading

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Chancellor visits the Midlands

George Osborne: I want to create a Northern powerhouse

23 June 2014 8:21

Ever since George Osborne took on Neil O’Brien as one of his advisers in the Treasury the Chancellor has shown a growing interest in the need to heal the North/South… Continue reading

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Could a northern ‘supercity’ rebalance Britain’s economy?

21 June 2014 13:43

George Osborne is drawing up plans for a northern ‘supercity’, in the hope that it might rival London and rebalance Britain’s economy. Neil O’Brien discussed the idea of a supercity… Continue reading

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The British jobs miracle, in six graphs.

13 June 2014 14:20

No one quite expected it, and even now ministers struggle to explain it. But the British jobs miracle has become the single biggest fact of economic life – proving that… Continue reading

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A picture taken after the wedding, in 1925, of John Maynard Keynes and the Russian ballet dancer M Lydia Lopokova.

Team Osborne party with John Maynard Keynes

11 June 2014 13:09

The Chancellor’s economic brain, Rupert Harrison, looked distinctly restless last night, sipping champagne in John Maynard Keynes’s drawing room. Osborne’s chief-of-staff, the architect the evil Tory austerity, did not seem entirely comfortable as… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby needs moved into No10

Cameron should stop the Tory wars – or send for the man who can

7 June 2014 20:06

Modern Conservatives seem to be allergic to success. Every time things are going right, the party spasms. Sir John Major’s government nurtured a remarkable economic recovery, yet was beaten after… Continue reading

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George Osborne has won over the IMF to austerity. Now can he win over Eric Pickles to planning reform?

6 June 2014 14:56

Fresh from celebrating the Tories’ victory in Newark, George Osborne is continuing a very joyful day by celebrating the International Monetary Fund admitting that it got it wrong on austerity.… Continue reading

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George Osborne vs eurocrats

3 June 2014 7:57

Improving the supply of new housing, adjusting the Help to Buy scheme if necessary, revaluing council tax bands and accepting that universal credit won’t solve all of Britain’ welfare ills:… Continue reading

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Osborne admits net migration target is impossible without EU reform

1 June 2014 16:43

George Osborne’s interview today with the Sun on Sunday does show the Conservatives are starting to see a little bit of sense about their net migration target. They’re starting to… Continue reading

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Chris Leslie: Labour cannot afford to reverse the Coalition’s cuts

30 May 2014 16:05

Chris Leslie’s speech today is intended to show that Labour is very fiscally responsible. It’s a noble task, and one the party knows it needs to hammer away at as… Continue reading

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Tories, Tories everywhere

29 May 2014 19:07

If you are a lobbyist looking to access a government minister but want to circumvent the tedious checks enforced by civil servants, then Newark-on-Trent is the town for you. This… Continue reading

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At last, it’s Tax Freedom Day… but just wait until you find out when Cost of Government Day is

28 May 2014 11:47

Today is Tax Freedom Day. That means that the average person in Britain has to work 148 days of the year solely to pay taxes. Only on Tax Freedom Day… Continue reading

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The British jobs miracle – explained in five graphs

16 May 2014 17:58

The British jobs miracle continues – and in ways that continue to surprise. Your CoffeeHouse baristas have been crunching the numbers. They’re startling in a number of ways. For example:-… Continue reading

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The Times’ shocking revelations about ‘dark deeds’ at St Paul’s School are anything but

15 May 2014 13:52

Shocking revelations in the Times about St Paul’s and Colet Court, the schools that George Osborne attended (along with me). Someone called Adam Barnard has exposed the terrible goings-on behind… Continue reading

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The politics of interest rates

14 May 2014 8:36

The Bank of England’s inflation report will be published later this morning, which will reveal how strong the bank believes the recovery to be. All eyes will be on its… Continue reading

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Decisive moment: ‘Closing the Gates of Hougoumont’, by Robert Gibb     Photo: National Museums Scotland

George Osborne’s Waterloo

8 May 2014 12:43

Hougoumont should be a place known to every Briton. It was the site of one of the finest feats of arms in the history of the British military. If this… Continue reading

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How George Osborne thinks that Britain can get a new EU deal

8 May 2014 11:10

A second Tory term would be dominated by the EU renegotiation. Within 18 months of returning to office, David Cameron would have to get the rest of the European Union… Continue reading

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Podcast: the gilded generation, one year countdown to the election and rise of the bores

8 May 2014 9:00

Is it fair to describe today’s youth as the ‘gilded generation’? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Delingpole discusses this week’s Spectator cover feature with The Economist’s Daniel Knowles. With rising house prices, increasing… Continue reading

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Chancellor George Osborne Visits Pharmaceutical Company Pfizer

Pfizer’s already beaten Ed Miliband. Now it just needs to offer the right price

6 May 2014 16:52

Pfizer will almost certainly have to offer more than its second bid of £50 a share for rival drug giant AstraZeneca, but the American predator seems to be winning the… Continue reading

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