George Osborne

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Immigrants and curry: George Osborne vs Rowan Atkinson

29 January 2016 19:16

Mr S notices that the above video is circulating a lot on social media at the moment. An unfortunate choice…

George Osborne at the launch of an election campaign poster in 2010 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Is George Osborne destined to be a lame tribute act for proper Labour politicians?

29 January 2016 13:38

Claiming credit for things that are nothing to do with you is where trouble starts in politics. You can claim…


More Google woes at the Treasury

28 January 2016 18:34

Oh dear. It’s not turning out to be a great week for staff at the Treasury. After George Osborne declared…

Today in audio: Thursday 28th January

28 January 2016 16:06

Haven’t had a chance to follow the day’s political events and interviews? Then don’t worry: here, The Spectator, brings you…

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Google plays the global tax game – and charitable moves aren’t common

26 January 2016 18:52

When George Osborne announced at the Conservative Party conference in 2014 that he would force companies such as Google, Facebook…

Internet Companies Vie For Market Dominance

MPs hammer Treasury ministers on ‘completely unacceptable’ sweetheart deal for Google

25 January 2016 17:57

Even though, as Fraser argued last week, Google has done nothing wrong in agreeing to pay £130 million to settle…

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Finally, the world has realised that George Osborne is a hottie

22 January 2016 17:32

‘It’s hard to think of a time when we didn’t all fancy the Chancellor of the Exchequer,’ begins George Osborne’s…


Mark Carney abandons even a hint of interest rate rise. Is Britain trapped in the zero era?

19 January 2016 15:20

It’s just as well that Mark Carney is Bank of England governor: he’d have made a lousy forecaster. In August 2013 he…

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Who will reveal their Brexit plan?

15 January 2016 10:07

George Osborne’s Newsnight interview has drawn ire from the Eurosceptics chiefly because the Chancellor used it to stamp on any…

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George Osborne has made his own ‘dangerous cocktail’ of economic risk

7 January 2016 12:54

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…

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Why is George Osborne sounding so gloomy?

7 January 2016 10:15

You might have been forgiven for thinking that things were going swimmingly economically at the moment, given George Osborne managed…

Government Housing Plans Threaten Greenfield Sites

Why the government is getting involved in commissioning new housing

4 January 2016 12:45

David Cameron’s announcement today that the government will be involved in the direct commissioning of new homes on public land…

Downing Street On The Last Day Of Parliament Before The General Election

A knighthood? Lynton Crosby deserves a hereditary peerage

27 December 2015 10:21

Was a political knighthood ever more deserved than Lynton Crosby’s? His personal involvement was the difference between defeat and victory…

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Should ministers spend so much on their advisers?

20 December 2015 19:20

Should ministers have so many special advisers? Should a party that promised to cut the number of these SpAds if…

Anti-austerity protesters gather outside Manchester Central during on the second day of the Conservative party conference on October 5, 2015 in Manchester, England.

If you are so rich, how come you are so left wing?

17 December 2015 15:16

A few days ago the Telegraph revealed that the leader of Momentum was – inevitably – the privately educated son…

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George Osborne needs to mind his language

9 December 2015 18:01

Though he had a reasonably good Prime Minister’s Questions for someone who hasn’t done much of it, George Osborne did stumble…

Angela Eagle at PMQs

PMQs sketch: Angela Eagle outshines Corbyn and Osborne

9 December 2015 16:00

Jeremy Corbyn is like the lights in a planetarium. Whenever he goes off, stars appear. Last week the radiation came…

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PMQs: Angela Eagle tries to cheer up the Labour party

9 December 2015 13:20

How do you unite the Labour party and cheer them up? Today the party’s MPs were cheering happily and laughing…

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Presents The Autumn Statement

The EU renegotiation is now the biggest obstacle to Osborne making it to Number 10

28 November 2015 10:22

At the start of this week, everyone was wondering how George Osborne was going to get out of trouble on…


It’s time to smash the whole welfare system

27 November 2015 17:40

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, with its backtracking on the slashing of tax credits, leaves a huge question hanging over 21st-century…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne leaves the Treasury for the House of Commons to deliver the his Autumn statement, on November 25, 2015 in London, England.

This is not the end of ‘austerity’ – the IFS verdict on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

26 November 2015 13:45

This is not the end of ‘austerity’. A swathe of departments will see real terms cuts. On the other hand…

Bombing Raqqa may make the West feel better, but it isn's stopping Isil's advance

Podcast: the phoney war with Isis and the 2015 Spending Review

26 November 2015 8:54

Is bombing Isis having any effect on destroying it? In the latest View from 22 podcast, Andrew J. Bacevich and Con Coughlin discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the West’s…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne leaves the Treasury for the House of Commons to deliver the his Autumn statement, on November 25, 2015 in London, England.

Why the tax credit cuts had to go

25 November 2015 19:51

In the peroration of his statement today, George Osborne declared that the Tories were ‘the mainstream representatives of the working…

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Revealed: Osborne’s Budget giveaways for Tory marginals

25 November 2015 19:29

Back in March, the Plymouth Herald was delighted by ‘a Budget with plenty for Plymouth’. As Mark Gettleson noted on Coffee…

Autumn Statement

John McDonnell ‘disappears’ his Maoist stunt

25 November 2015 18:42

You can see what John McDonnell was trying to do today. ‘I’ll bring along a copy of Chairman Mao’s Little…