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How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb

29 October 2014 10:13

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014 to… Continue reading

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Can George Osborne quibble away shock EU bill?

28 October 2014 13:26

What’s next for David Cameron’s tussle with Brussels? The Prime Minister made clear yesterday that ‘we are not paying a sum anything like’ the £1.7 billion demanded by the European… Continue reading

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Vince Cable accuses George Osborne of lying about tax rises

6 October 2014 13:58

Vince Cable’s speech today was loyal and funny. Cable was, unlike in some previous years, very much on message. He lavished praise on Clegg for having turned the Liberal Democrats… Continue reading

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Clegg attacks ‘economically extreme’ Tories

5 October 2014 10:35

The Lib Dem message in Glasgow this week in simple, you can’t trust either Labour or the Tories to run the country on their own. On Marr this morning, Nick… Continue reading

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Why David Cameron’s tax reform won’t break the bank

3 October 2014 12:58

It’s odd to see David Cameron’s tax pledge being denounced as profligate, even in publications like the Financial Times. The Prime Minister has always been a moderate on tax, and… Continue reading

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People trust the Tories with their money – that’s why they can promise unfunded tax cuts

3 October 2014 11:06

Does it matter that the Tories can’t spell out how they’d fund the tax cuts they announced at their party conference this week? Labour has launched a clock which monitors… Continue reading

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Politicians’ pyjamas: Cameron wears satin, Balls prefers a string vest and Hague, a kaftan

1 October 2014 17:53

Let’s talk pyjamas. Specifically, let’s talk paisley pyjamas. Never mind what poor Mr Newmark had hanging out of his; concentrate on the garment itself. You never think of politicians in… Continue reading

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Why are the Tory party in such a good mood?

1 October 2014 17:20

Two things have been puzzling Tory high-ups in Birmingham this week: does Nigel Farage have another defector in his back pocket, and why is the Tory party in such a… Continue reading

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Tory nerves over Osborne welfare gamble

30 September 2014 19:33

Will George Osborne get away with his conference gamble that hits working families? The Chancellor’s speech would have received a far worse reception on the front pages of today’s newspapers… Continue reading

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Oops! The ONS admits the UK economy is far stronger than it had thought

30 September 2014 12:16

Why do economists use decimal points? To show that they have a sense of humour. Never was this old gag more relevant than when considering the data on Britain’s economic… Continue reading

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Podcast: George Osborne’s conference speech

29 September 2014 16:42

Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth were both at George Osborne’s speech this afternoon. Here’s a special podcast, with analysis of the speech and a look at what else we might expect… Continue reading

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Osborne’s speech gambled on voters accepting more austerity

29 September 2014 15:00

George Osborne’s speech to Conservative conference was politically brave. He is gambling that the voting public will applaud his candour about the tough choices that the country is still facing,… Continue reading

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Did Osborne’s speech just finish with an ode to Trainspotting?

29 September 2014 13:20

George Osborne has just finished delivering his speech at the Tory party conference. More analysis to come, but Mr Steerpike couldn’t help noticing a distinct flavour to it. Edinburgh. Drugs. Irvine… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s speech in six graphs

29 September 2014 13:15

George Osborne normally shines at Tory conferences. A historian by training, Osborne knows the power of narrative and he had a clear one for the activists today: the recovery started… Continue reading

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What George Osborne should learn from the Scottish ‘yes’ campaign

29 September 2014 10:50

George Osborne will give his speech in a few minutes, and we’ll analyse it straight after. But I’d like to pick up on something he said this morning on Radio… Continue reading

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

George Osborne’s task: to make his party enthusiastic about government

29 September 2014 9:07

There’s a funny mood at this Tory conference. It has more energy than the Labour conference, but partly that energy is anger at Mark Reckless’ defection, rather than enthusiasm. MPs… Continue reading

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Seven things you need to know about George Osborne’s abolition of the pensions death tax

29 September 2014 7:23

The good news on pensions just keeps on coming. Today, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, George Osborne will today announce the abolition of the draconian 55 per cent pension death tax. There’ll… Continue reading

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Why the Tories can’t really criticise Rachel Reeves on debt

22 September 2014 15:35

Rachel Reeves’ interview on BBC Daily Politics may have been excruciating at times (below), but was it really the ‘car crash’ that the Tories are today claiming? Matthew Hancock is… Continue reading

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The real reason behind the BBC’s kicking of Nick Prettejohn

2 September 2014 14:19

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator. Subscribe here: Hats off to Rona Fairhead, the former Financial Times executive who will succeed Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC… Continue reading

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If you want a lesson in how not to run an economy, take the Eurostar

14 August 2014 15:18

For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in… Continue reading

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The nine lives of Freya, the Chancellor’s cat

8 August 2014 16:15

News just in that George Osborne’s cat, Freya, was hit by a car outside Downing Street last night, and is currently at the vet’s. Freya is famous for her love of hunting… Continue reading

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How the FOBs, FOGs and FOTs could trip themselves up in the Tory leadership fight

7 August 2014 17:12

FOB, FOG or FOT? Which one are you? In this week’s Spectator, Harry Mount examines the machinations of the Friends of Boris as they set their star man up for… Continue reading

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6 August 2014 15:07

So Boris has made his great leap. The blond king over the water has revealed his plans to cross the river, return to Parliament and assume what he believes is… Continue reading

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Team Boris vs Team Osborne — the first skirmish

6 August 2014 12:58

Today was set to be a boring day in Westminster. Sajid Javid, a courtier to George Osborne, was billed to give (yet another) speech about how the economy is going… Continue reading

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Osborne’s choice: important projects or welfare

5 August 2014 8:54

George Osborne can’t quite help himself. Today he’s continuing his Northern charm offensive, which has been impressively choreographed. He gave a speech back in June in which he said he… Continue reading

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