George Osborne

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Why doesn’t Osborne admit the link between the jobs miracle and slowing down deficit reduction?

1 April 2015 19:46

Will George Osborne come ever clean about his successes? I caught up with the Chancellor in Leeds today and asked him about the Treasury’s role in the jobs miracle. I put… Continue reading

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Were the Tories’ dodgy figures designed to provoke Labour into making a statement?

30 March 2015 18:28

Why are the Tories peddling what the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has described as ‘at best unhelpful’, which is the claim that households would be hit with a £3,000… Continue reading


Keep trolling the politicians, Twitter

27 March 2015 15:55

A politician’s life on Twitter is rarely uneventful. I have written in defence of all the goodwill and positive communication this election has seen on social media. But slip-ups are… Continue reading

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Learn from Elizabeth I, Cameron: a named successor is a shroud

24 March 2015 14:54

As Fraser Nelson says on this morning’s Spectator podcast, David Cameron will likely be regretting yesterday’s announcement for the rest of his premiership. He’s not a ripe watermelon; highlighting that he… Continue reading

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David Cameron: this will be my last election. Theresa, George or Boris may succeed me

23 March 2015 18:29

With just days to go until the general election campaign, David Cameron has declared that this is last time he’s leading his party into battle. It’s not clear why he felt the… Continue reading


100% Pork Constituency Guide to the 2015 Budget

21 March 2015 16:17

Hendon has a special place in my heart. No really. My parents met there. I mourned when my favourite childhood adventure playground, Kidstop, was burnt to the ground. We even… Continue reading


Tory MPs content with ‘boring’ Budget

19 March 2015 17:53

How has George Osborne’s Budget gone down with his party? The Tory MPs I’ve spoken to in the past 24 hours or so since the Budget seem reasonably content with… Continue reading

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

IFS: Osborne should come clean on his welfare cuts

19 March 2015 16:11

George Osborne this morning said that people should judge him on his track record, as he refused to set out the detail of welfare cuts planned in the next parliament.… Continue reading

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne poses for photographers outside 11 Downing Street in London, England

Voters won’t be able to make an informed choice in May

19 March 2015 10:57

If there’s one major takeaway from this morning’s Budget interviews, it is that voters won’t get the opportunity to make as informed a choice as many would like in May.… Continue reading


Podcast: George Osborne’s 2015 budget, the jobs miracle and shooting squirrels

19 March 2015 8:57

Has George Osborne produced a successful Budget? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the last major act of this Parliament and what it means for the… Continue reading

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Osborne gets the post-Budget front pages he hoped for

18 March 2015 23:12

If George Osborne’s Budget is going to end up in a mess, it hasn’t done so yet. The worst criticism that the front pages of even hostile newspapers can come… Continue reading


Budget Sketch: Penny-pinchers like me can rejoice

18 March 2015 17:35

That was a motto-blaster of a budget. George Osborne deployed half a dozen chewy new Tory slogans during this afternoon’s statement. ‘Britain walking tall again. … a country built on… Continue reading

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Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the 2015 Budget

18 March 2015 17:23

George Osborne has delivered the last budget of this Parliament, was it a success? In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the Chancellor’s speech and… Continue reading

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his annual Budget statement.

A typical coalition Budget – designed to put the Tories back in power

18 March 2015 15:11

Here is a preview of James Forsyth’s political column from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow George Osborne usually tells his aides to prepare for each Budget as if it were… Continue reading


Listen: key points of Budget 2015

18 March 2015 14:42

George Osborne delivered his final Budget of this Parliament today. Here is what you need to listen to: Full speeches George Osborne’s speech, in full: listen to ‘Budget 2015: George Osborne’s… Continue reading

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Budget 2015: Full text of Osborne’s speech

18 March 2015 13:48

Mr Deputy Speaker, Today, I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way. We took difficult decisions in the teeth of opposition and it worked… Continue reading

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne poses for photographers outside 11 Downing Street in London, England

Budget 2015: key announcements and figures

18 March 2015 12:08

George Osborne delivered his final Budget of this Parliament today. Here is what you need to know. Key announcements Personal Savings Allowance: From April next year, the first £1,000 of the interest… Continue reading

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Cabinet celebrates the Budget ‘in the traditional manner’

18 March 2015 11:31

The Cabinet met this morning to discuss the Budget, with the Chancellor telling ministers that today the Conservatives will ‘set out the next stage in a plan that is working’ and… Continue reading


How will the Tories sell today’s Budget?

18 March 2015 8:59

It’s Budget Day, possibly George Osborne’s last Budget and certainly the last big event in the House of Commons that anyone outside it will notice. The Chancellor will, within the… Continue reading

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Budget bloopers – five graphs that George Osborne won’t be sharing on Wednesday

15 March 2015 16:16

George Osborne is the most political of Chancellors, and his Budget today will doubtless read like a party political broadcast. The economic momentum is on his side: soaring employment, plunging inflation, fuel… Continue reading

Osborne will present annuity reform in his next (and perhaps last) Budget

George Osborne’s annuity plan explained

15 March 2015 13:07

George Osborne has today said that he’ll allow people to sell their annuities for cash, and will consult on how best to establish a market for second-hand annuities.  This move will… Continue reading


How George Osborne got the Liberal Democrats to agree to an ‘interesting Budget’

15 March 2015 10:33

George Osborne and Ed Balls have just done their pre-Budget interviews with Andrew Marr. The show, though, was dominated by talks of post-election deals rather than the contents of the… Continue reading

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The Tories must commit to spending 2 percent of GDP on defence

12 March 2015 12:39

At a time when Russian fighter jets are forcing civilian flights into UK airports to be diverted, you would expect defence to be one of the big issues of the… Continue reading

Somebody called George Osborne has been helping Labour with their campaigning

Labour’s lame ‘same-name’ email campaign

11 March 2015 16:40

‘Labour has vowed not to feature Prime Minister David Cameron on billboards ahead of the general election,’ reported the BBC last month. ‘The party said it would focus on issues rather… Continue reading


Why George Osborne wants to be the new Tarzan

9 March 2015 17:37

There is a subtle ideological shift going on in the Tory party. At the top of the party, there is an increasing appetite for a modern form of industrial strategy.… Continue reading