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What Labour wishes the OECD said about Plan A – and what it actually said

29 May 2013 19:46

Labour is apparently thrilled with the OECD’s assessment of the UK economy, released today. The think tank cut its growth forecasts from 0.9 per cent to 0.8 for 2013 and… Continue reading

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Voters didn't like Plan A when it had George Osborne's name attached. Picture: Getty

Voters: It’s not Plan A, it’s Osborne

14 March 2013 17:52

A fascinating poll result from Ipsos MORI today. They ask, essentially, whether people agree with the government’s ‘Plan A’ or Labour’s ‘Plan B’. Specifically, they ask: ‘People have different ideas… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox’s Plan A++

11 March 2013 20:31

It’s been a day of competing economic prescriptions from two doctors: Vince Cable  (‘debt’s so cheap it’d be rude not to borrow more!’) and today Liam Fox, who has delivered… Continue reading

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Have the coalition partners been honest on deficit reduction? Photo: Getty Images.

Fisking the coalition’s deficit-reduction boast

7 January 2013 17:10

‘We have reduced the deficit by a quarter in just two years’ — the coalition’s mid-term review. True. But when Gordon Brown proposed to do precisely the same in Labour’s… Continue reading

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The panel from last night's Spectator debate on whether George Osborne's economic plan is working.

The View from 22 – Battle of the Chancellors special

30 October 2012 14:26

The Spectator hosted a packed-out debate last night on the motion — ‘George Osborne isn’t working: we need a Plan B’ — and you can now hear the outcome for yourself. As Isabel… Continue reading

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Battle of the Chancellors: hope v fear

30 October 2012 11:09

At the Spectator debate on the economic consequences of Mr Osborne last night, Andrew Neil repeated JK Galbraith’s line that ‘economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good.’ The impressive… Continue reading

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George Osborne isn’t working, we need a Plan B

27 October 2012 16:57

Although sometimes implied in public debates, deficit reduction and growth are not alternatives. Both are essential for Britain’s prosperity and economic stability. On either count, George Osborne is failing. In… Continue reading

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Two ex-Chancellors will soon be debating whether George Osborne's economic strategy has failed. We'll be running debates on Coffee House this week as a warm-up.

‘Plan B’ is not the answer

17 October 2012 15:29

Is George Osborne’s plan working? You can see why his enemies are circling. If you take his own definition – his ‘fiscal rule’ that the debt/GDP ratio should be falling… Continue reading

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Two ex-Chancellors will soon be debating whether George Osborne's economic strategy has failed. We'll be running debates on Coffee House this week as a warm-up.

Why George Osborne’s ‘Plan A’ has failed – and what to do next

16 October 2012 16:15

Does George Osborne need to adopt a Plan B? This will be the topic for a Spectator debate a week on Monday. But the argument is pretty clear to everyone… Continue reading

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The vote in Spain

20 November 2011 17:31

The expected triumph of the centre-right Popular Party in today’s Spanish elections promises to have some interesting consequences for British politics. The PP have been in close touch with the… Continue reading

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