George Osborne

Rupert Harrison (right) is more than just a bag carrier. But he carries bags too. And newspapers.

Why is George Osborne’s aide paid £95,000? Because he’s worth it

19 December 2014 9:41

The Daily Mirror has today splashed on the fact that Rupert Harrison, chief economic adviser to the British government, has had a pay increase and is now on £95,000. Outrageous,… Continue reading

David Cameron and George Osborne Visit Eastbourne Pier

The fatal contradiction at the heart of the Tory message: there is no money, except for people we like.

18 December 2014 16:55

Next year’s general election looks like being the most gruesomely entertaining in years. Entertaining because no-one knows what is going to happen; gruesome because of the protagonists and the sorry misfortune… Continue reading

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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 it has been halved, but with the often unspoken caveat… Continue reading


Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

14 December 2014 10:01

Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy.… Continue reading

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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. Nicky Campbell on Radio 5 is just superb – not… Continue reading


The tricks being played over a VAT rise

9 December 2014 17:34

Today’s Treasury Questions was a bit odd, not least because neither George Osborne nor Ed Balls were there, so everyone seemed to be quite keen to get the thing over… Continue reading

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We have a choice between competence and chaos, according to the Tories

8 December 2014 17:05

Competence versus chaos—that’s what the Tory leadership want to frame the next election as a choice between. Hence George Osborne’s repetition of this phrase five times in one brief interview… Continue reading

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Will Nick Clegg’s PMQs session highlight the tensions in the Coalition?

8 December 2014 12:38

After being too busy talking to ‘normal people’ in Cornwall last Wednesday and missing previous PMQs presumably to do the same, Nick Clegg will not only be attending this Wednesday’s… Continue reading

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers Autumn Budget Statement

The Tories aren’t planning to run a £23 billion surplus in 2019/20

7 December 2014 13:35

All the talk about the ‘colossal’ cuts to come if the Tories win re-election has been predicated on the assumption that the Tories are committed to running a £23 billion… Continue reading

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Is George Osborne being truthful when he says he has ‘halved’ the deficit?

7 December 2014 12:34

In the Sunday Times today, George Osborne makes a statement so untrue as to violate the newspaper code of accuracy. ‘The deficit has been halved,’ he says. A bit of… Continue reading

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg Makes A Speech At The Party's Spring Conference On International Women's Day

Coalition wars: What are George Osborne and Nick Clegg up to?

7 December 2014 11:03

If the Coalition started cohabiting earlier this year, it has now moved into the phase where the two parties are posting mean things about each other on Facebook and trying… Continue reading

Chancellor George Osborne Visits Bentley Motors

Should politicians grumble about awkward stories?

5 December 2014 16:27

A lot of political types are very cross with the ‘biased media’ today. Ukip is currently the most aerated because some journalists ‘fabricated’ (which is today synonymous with ‘transcribed’) some remarks… Continue reading


Revealed: where George Osborne’s axe will fall hardest

4 December 2014 18:07

If you think George Osborne has been a mad axe man, just wait to see the cuts he has planned for the next Parliament. To return a budget surplus by the end of… Continue reading

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The three Tory vulnerabilities Osborne is hoping to shut down

4 December 2014 12:04

In the last few days, George Osborne has moved to close down three Tory vulnerabilities ahead of the election campaign. First, there was the decision to put another £2 billion… Continue reading


The BBC is right to point out failure on debt. Osborne is wrong to complain about it

4 December 2014 9:04

George Osborne has in the past year assembled a coterie of advisers to help him become more human, more stylish, thinner and more in touch with voters. But this morning… Continue reading

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

Podcast special: a good Autumn Statement for George Osborne?

3 December 2014 19:49

George Osborne appears to have delivered a successful Autumn Statement, but are there some dark secrets in the details? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron. And his emotional range is far narrower than the PM’s.… Continue reading


Osborne’s Statement is likely to get stamp of approval

3 December 2014 15:00

George Osborne has delivered an autumn statement that, provided it doesn’t unravel in the next few hours, should give him very good headlines. He has abolished the old, unfair system… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s new stamp duty regime explained

3 December 2014 14:33

If you’re buying a house, or thinking about it, there’s only one fact you need to know about today’s Budget: stamp duty is changing. Gone is the old system of… Continue reading

Chancellor George Osborne (L) and Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander leave The Treasury for Parliament on December 3, 2014 in London, England. Photo: Alastair Grant - WPA Pool /Getty Images

Another very political mini-Budget from George Osborne

3 December 2014 14:18

A preview of James Forsyth’s political column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: Autumn Statements lack the drama and traditions of the Budget. Gladstone never delivered one, there is no… Continue reading

George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, leaves the HM Treasury building before heading to deliver his Autumn budget statement at the Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Lesson of the Autumn Statement? Boldness is best

3 December 2014 14:02

Here is a preview of the leading article from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement:  When George Osborne first became Chancellor, he asked to be judged… Continue reading

George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, leaves the HM Treasury building before heading to deliver his Autumn budget statement at the Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Full text: George Osborne’s 2014 Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 13:46

Mr Speaker, Four years ago, in the first Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I presented the accounts of an economy in crisis. Today, in the last Autumn Statement of this… Continue reading

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Autumn Statement Tricks: Osborne confounds the betting market

3 December 2014 13:01

Ignore the numbers, the spin and the bleak borrowing – there is only one question that needs answering. What colour is the Chancellor’s tie? Ladbrokes were offering bets on the… Continue reading

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

No 10: Autumn Statement is to ‘stay on course for prosperity’

3 December 2014 11:57

George Osborne’s pitch at today’s Autumn Statement will be for voters to give the Tories another five years leading the government to finish the job of balancing the books. Today the… Continue reading


David Cameron and George Osborne still the most trusted on the economy

2 December 2014 18:10

Good news for the Tories: a new ComRes poll confirms that David Cameron and George Osborne are the most trusted pair to ‘see the country through the current economic situation’. As… Continue reading