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Government drops plans to force all schools to become academies

6 May 2016 15:23

It’s a good day for the Conservatives to bury bad news, when all attention is on Labour and the SNP’s…

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Whitto feels the heat at Westminster Correspondents’ dinner

29 April 2016 9:05

Last night lobby hacks gathered with their favourite SpAds in tow for the Westminster correspondents’ dinner. This year’s guest of honour was…

Is Brexit to blame for the GDP slowdown?

27 April 2016 15:08

Britain’s economic growth slowed in the first quarter of this year to 0.4 per cent, down from 0.6 per cent…

Coffee House shots: What’s next for the Brexit campaign?

25 April 2016 12:33

The EU referendum rumbles ever closer but after a bad week for the leave campaign following Barack Obama’s controversial intervention…

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Brexit forecasting is futile – and both sides should just admit it

20 April 2016 14:16

The most striking thing about the Treasury’s forecast of the impact of Brexit is the relative modesty of its claim…


What ‘stinking cesspit of corporate corruption’? Steve Hilton refuses to say he backs Brexit

20 April 2016 10:11

In More Human, Steve Hilton describes the EU as ‘a stinking cesspit of corporate corruption gussied up in the garb…

Today in audio: Gove’s case for Brexit

19 April 2016 17:03

Michael Gove has been making his case for Brexit and doing his best to knock the stuffing out of the…


Government avoids defeat on banking bill

19 April 2016 12:57

Today’s Treasury questions was a pretty tame affair. Labour produced a pretty mild set of questions on tax avoidance and…


The danger of Michael Gove’s vague optimism

19 April 2016 9:23

After yesterday’s furore over Treasury warnings about exactly what Brexit will cost British families, today it’s Michael Gove’s turn to…

Today in audio: Osborne slammed over ‘absurd’ Brexit warning

18 April 2016 17:19

George Osborne’s warning over what Brexit will cost the UK economy has dominated the headlines for much of the day.…

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Leave.EU hit back at Osborne over Brexit comments: ‘if this is our economic team, we are in deep s–t’

18 April 2016 16:42

George Osborne’s claim that the Treasury thinks Brexit would make you £4,300 worse off has gone down like a cup…

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The deceptions behind George Osborne’s Brexit report

18 April 2016 14:02

Sometimes, George Osborne’s dishonesty is simply breathtaking. Let’s set aside the way he has positioned himself over the years (if he…

The Coffee House podcast: George Osborne’s Brexit warning

18 April 2016 12:15

George Osborne has warned today that Brexit will cost each household in the UK around £4,500. The Chancellor also said…


How ministers had to change tack in the EU referendum campaign

18 April 2016 8:56

George Osborne harnesses the might of the Treasury machine today in the EU referendum campaign, publishing a weighty tome that…

The Spectator podcast: tax vs sex

16 April 2016 9:30

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or follow us on SoundCloud. After the row over tax returns,…

The wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:24

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…


Could the IMF’s Brexit warning swing it for Remain?

12 April 2016 15:42

The IMF has published one of the starkest warnings so far against Brexit from an organisation based outside of Britain.…

Osborne and Corbyn publish their tax returns – but are they any more interesting than the PMs?

11 April 2016 16:25

George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn have now both followed in the Prime Minister’s footsteps by publishing details of their tax…

The Coffee House podcast: David Cameron’s tax headache

11 April 2016 15:24

David Cameron has bowed down to pressure by publishing his tax return and now the Chancellor has done the same.…

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The Tories should have known the taxing questions were coming

6 April 2016 14:38

Downing Street has spent the past 24 hours trying to clarify David Cameron’s links to an offshore fund set up…

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In defence of George Osborne’s ‘left-wing’ Living Wage

5 April 2016 11:30

It was unfashionable of me to write in praise of George Osborne on Budget day. I did so, you may…

How the Living Wage helps the rich more than the poor

1 April 2016 11:36

The biggest mistake in politics is to judge a policy by its intentions, not its ayesults. The Living Wage sounds…


George Osborne starts a fight in the Commons and comes out unscathed

22 March 2016 14:52

George Osborne turned up in the Commons chamber with a clear plan to get through this Budget debate: turn it…

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Nicholas Soames on IDS resignation: ‘you’d have thought there’d been a coup by a black African dictator’

22 March 2016 13:31

With the Conservatives currently experiencing inner party turmoil following Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation over the Chancellor’s Budget, there are concerns…

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Tories face the new political reality on welfare

22 March 2016 10:36

Are there going to be more welfare cuts or not? In an afternoon in which the government tried to calm…