George Osborne

My time in the ‘Naughty Corner’

21 December 2016 9:00

An unexpected silver lining to leaving government is that I have a much nicer parliamentary office. The Chancellor’s traditional room…

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My run-in with Ivanka Trump

18 December 2016 9:00

I’ve never met Donald Trump, but I have come across his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared. I met them this…

By focusing on Assad’s grim regime, MPs are ignoring a greater evil

14 December 2016 14:46

Well, is it our fault? George Osborne has repeated his claim, which he has made already, that the situation in…


On Syria, it is easier for MPs to reflect on their past mistakes than confront the present

14 December 2016 11:17

Whose fault is the bloodshed in Aleppo? Yesterday the House of Commons discussed this at some length in an emergency…

George Osborne’s stamp duty hike is starting to bite the Treasury

8 December 2016 13:06

The existence of the Laffer Curve can be proved by thought-experiment alone. If a government levies an income tax rate…


Labour and the Tories carry on cross-dressing at Treasury questions

29 November 2016 15:56

In last week’s Autumn statement, Philip Hammond appeared to channel his inner Ed Miliband as he banned letting fees and went on a…

Philip Hammond delivers a politically placid autumn statement

23 November 2016 15:11

Philip Hammond started his autumn statement to the House of Commons by saying his style would be rather different to…

Will Philip Hammond be arrested after the Autumn Statement?

22 November 2016 7:53

So, austerity is to end. Or that is what the briefings for Wednesday’s Autumn Statement seem to indicate: Philip Hammond…

Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK, attends The Times CEO summit in London

George Osborne turns his attention to the special relationship

8 November 2016 12:13

Although George Osborne is now a backbencher, the former Chancellor still harbours leadership ambitions. On that note, it’s not gone…

Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK, attends The Times CEO summit in London

George Osborne cashes in on Brexit

4 November 2016 9:20

Things are looking up for George Osborne. Not only have bookies slashed his odds of making a political comeback, the…

George Osborne keeps his hat on

3 November 2016 18:41

Given the number of people Theresa May managed to offend at last night’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards, the Prime…


Parliamentarian of the Year 2016, in pictures

3 November 2016 11:24

This year’s Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards, sponsored by Benenden, saw Theresa May reunited with her former Cabinet colleague…

Full text: George Osborne’s speech at the Spectator Parliamentarian awards

3 November 2016 10:20

I am honoured to be invited to present these awards. Thank you very much for taking me out of my…

Full text: Theresa May’s ‘Politician of the year’ acceptance speech

3 November 2016 9:22

Oh come on, we’re all builders now. Thank you very much indeed and it’s a great pleasure to receive this…

Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2nd November 2016

Theresa May eviscerates Sir Craig Oliver

2 November 2016 23:14

This time last year, George Osborne was the Chancellor of the Exchequer and tipped to be the next Prime Minister.…

Today’s GDP figures show the ‘inevitable’ Brexit recession wasn’t so inevitable after all

27 October 2016 10:49

So now we know. The recession that we were told would be ‘inevitable’ if we voted to leave the EU…

It’s time for Mark Carney to go

22 October 2016 13:10

Oh dear. Mark Carney is irritated. His proud independence has been challenged. The Prime Minister had the temerity to admit…

Boris’s Royal Yacht obsession shows his weakness for vanity projects

14 October 2016 13:24

I would like to think that the lack of obvious progress on negotiating a post-Brexit deal with the EU is,…


The three Europhiles take on the three Brexiteers

11 October 2016 12:52

Today it was a case of the ghosts of governments past as George Osborne, Michael Heseltine and Vince Cable were…

The Treasury’s ‘Hard Brexit’ warning shows Project Fear isn’t over yet

11 October 2016 9:45

Can someone please tell HM Treasury that the referendum is over? During that campaign, it made history by producing a…


Damian Green strikes a softer tone on welfare

4 October 2016 17:29

Under David Cameron, it was sometimes tricky to tell who was in charge at the DWP. Iain Duncan Smith favoured…

The Brexit bounce continues

4 October 2016 14:02

Just when you thought economists might finally have got the message about their doom-laden predictions for the economy following the…

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The Notting Hill set stay away from Birmingham

4 October 2016 11:07

At this year’s Labour conference, the absence of several centrist MPs at the annual event was taken as a sign…


The Hammond era will be very different to the Osborne one

3 October 2016 13:25

Philip Hammond is a very different kind of Chancellor than George Osborne. Osborne’s conference speeches ranged across the policy landscape;…

Philip Hammond’s Brexit scepticism is alive and well

3 October 2016 9:28

In the run-up to the referendum, Philip Hammond was one of those warning of the dire consequences of a vote…