Funeral Phil has a sense of comedy that goes unnoticed

22 November 2017 17:27

Odd-looking chap, the chancellor. Give him a moustache and a top hat and he could be Neville Chamberlain. Or a…

Lurking in the Budget is a problem much bigger and badder than Brexit

22 November 2017 17:15

My Budget reaction is mostly: Meh. By that, I mean this won’t really change the weather, though it might just…

Philip Hammond is not the man to take the battle to Jeremy Corbyn

22 November 2017 16:34

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing down its importance — for his big ideas on fiscal…

Watch: John McDonnell’s BBC asset manager barney

22 November 2017 16:21

As Jeremy Corbyn worked himself into a bother over Philip Hammond’s Budget in the Chamber, Labour’s shadow chancellor busied himself…

Stamp duty was already a mess – but we just made it worse

22 November 2017 15:26

We could have given them free Spotify subscriptions. Or Just Eat vouchers. Instead, the government’s pitch to Jezza-loving twenty-somethings was…

Corbyn’s anger gets the better of him in his Budget response

22 November 2017 15:19

If we accept the usual caveat that it’s difficult for any Opposition leader, no matter how good, to respond well…

Five things you need to know about Hammond’s Budget

22 November 2017 15:03

After months of Tory nerves, Philip Hammond has just finished presenting his Autumn Budget in the Chamber. Among the main…

Mugabe’s successor faces an uphill struggle

22 November 2017 15:02

Even for a veteran of the struggle for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe, the events of the past week continue…

The Budget shows the Tories are still ignoring some big problems

22 November 2017 14:51

On Budget Day, MPs and journalists joke about it being a ‘quiet day’ and ‘not much going on’ as they…

Philip Hammond’s fiscal fix? A tax on cheap cider, fags and diesel cars

22 November 2017 14:42

So where are the nasties? Philip Hammond’s Budget speech can be summed up as follows:  £2.8 billion for the NHS, £44…

Jeremy Corbyn says the B word during PMQs

22 November 2017 13:20

Jeremy Corbyn rarely talks about Brexit at Prime Minister’s Questions, and it is interesting that he chose today’s session, which…

Live: Autumn Budget 2017

22 November 2017 12:37

Philip Hammond avoided any disasters in his second budget of 2017. Here are the headline announcements: Growth forecasts downgraded: Britain’s economy…

What on earth was Paperchase thinking?

22 November 2017 12:16

Last Saturday, the high-street chain Paperchase ran a promotion in the Daily Mail offering two free rolls of wrapping paper.…

Stop Funding Hate has a simple aim: political censorship

22 November 2017 10:28

Here’s a law of politics that is about as cast-iron as a law of politics can be: people who hate…

Revealed: Universal Credit director wins award for… project management

22 November 2017 9:25

You don’t have to be a member of Her Majesty’s Opposition to conclude that something has gone wrong with the…

What the papers say: Hammond must beware the danger of playing it safe

22 November 2017 8:24

Philip Hammond’s second Budget of the year will mean that the Chancellor has another ‘bite at a not especially flavoursome…

The tin-eared chancellor: Philip Hammond’s ten worst gaffes

21 November 2017 16:46

Tomorrow is D-day for Philip Hammond. As the Chancellor puts the finishing touches to his Budget, Tory MPs wait nervously…

Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power

21 November 2017 16:07

Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power. The 93-year-old confirmed his intention to step…

Sarah Olney causes a stir at Lib Dem HQ

21 November 2017 13:10

Oh dear. Trouble is brewing at Lib Dem HQ over Sarah Olney. After losing her seat by 45 votes in…

The #MeToo witch hunt comes back to bite Lena Dunham

21 November 2017 12:13

Let’s take a moment to celebrate Lena Dunham. OK, so she stinks as an actress and her brand of self-indulgent,…

Watch: David Davis crashes out

21 November 2017 12:00

David Davis has just given a speech on the Brexit transition period – intended to prevent Britain from crashing out…

Why the millennials’ railcard isn’t such a bad idea

21 November 2017 11:52

It’s Budget day tomorrow and there’s growing concern among Tories that the Chancellor may be about to bungle the Budget.…

Beware the modern-day heretic hunters

21 November 2017 9:07

One of the most sinister noises in the world is that of dumb officialdom groping around to find some reason…

What the papers say: The EU is in the grip of chaos

21 November 2017 8:26

Donald Tusk’s jibe that Britain was no longer attempting to have its cake and eat it in Brexit talks was…