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Labour fails to turn up to work for Treasury questions

27 January 2015 14:10

The Commons is pretty quiet at the moment, draining of energy earlier and earlier in the week as MPs head out to their constituencies. So quiet, in fact, that Labour… Continue reading

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Results In The Greek General Election

UK politicians squabble over whose point the Greek elections prove

26 January 2015 8:53

What are the lessons for British politicians from Syriza’s victory in the European elections? They’re certainly very keen to tell voters what lessons we should be drawing. Last night Nigel… Continue reading

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Can George Osborne pass his own 13 tests?

23 January 2015 8:00

Before George Osborne took to wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets, he used to revel in his status as a political insider. In 2004, he wrote a piece for The… Continue reading

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Comedian Al Murray is standing for Parliament as 'The Pub Landlord' in South Thanet.

Podcast: Comedy meets politics and Osborne’s 13 tests for No.10

22 January 2015 8:56

Why has politics turned into stand-up comedy? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Andrew Watts and Jesse Norman MP discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on how these two… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Boris Johnson visit to Newark

Why Boris and the Tory leadership are playing nicely

18 January 2015 10:55

For most of this parliament, Downing Street has been thoroughly paranoid about Boris Johnson and his intentions. Any attempt by the Mayor to reach out to Tory MPs was met… Continue reading

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Grey voters snap up Osborne’s pensioner bonds

17 January 2015 13:04

Downing Street was a happy place after David Cameron and Barack Obama’s joint press conference yesterday. The US President was effusive in his praise for Cameron and his seeming endorsement… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister Joins The Irish Taoiseach At Stormont For Cross Party Talks

‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs

13 January 2015 20:17

David Cameron and George Osborne addressed Tory MPs this evening. The meeting was to update the Tory parliamentary party on the economy and its place in the party’s election strategy.… Continue reading

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Labour’s latest plan: tackling the deficit through gun licence fees

13 January 2015 18:13

listen to ‘Chris Leslie says Labour will cut the deficit through gun licences’ on audioBoom Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie was on the Daily Politics earlier today,… Continue reading

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Osborne Balls street fight

Did Richard Curtis script today’s showdown between Osborne and Balls?

13 January 2015 18:10

Even though they ended up walking through the lobbies together (though not hand in hand, skipping, sadly), Ed Balls and George Osborne still managed to have the sort of Commons… Continue reading

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Boffo new Tory election strategy: reinforce negative stereotypes

11 January 2015 17:55

Following the success of the Tories’ last anti-UKIP strategy session, I’ve been leaked details of the latest election planning at CCHQ: [...] I say, what’s the most damaging – and widely-held… Continue reading

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The poster and the porkie

How Osborne’s ‘deficit halved’ claim backfired  

3 January 2015 9:25

So – how did it go? Yesterday, Tory HQ yesterday issued a poster with the misleading claim that the deficit had been ‘halved’ where in fact the reduction has been… Continue reading

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Osborne targets Vince Cable in opening election salvo

2 January 2015 11:59

As the General Election limbers up, today saw the first day of proper campaigning with the Tories unveiling their first election poster and George Osborne hitting the road. The Chancellor… Continue reading

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Why must Grant Shapps spoil a good story with a porkie?

29 December 2014 19:09

An email arrives from Grant Shapps, chairman of the Tory Party, listing the things the Coalition has achieved in four years.  Here they are:- Our economy has grown faster than… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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