The Spectator Podcast: Merkel’s crack-up

23 November 2017 14:55

On this week’s episode, we look at the situation in Germany, and whether Angela Merkel can hold things together. We…

‘The end of austerity keeps slipping out of view’: The IFS’s Budget verdict

23 November 2017 14:28

Yesterday’s Budget was more about the OBR’s forecasts than it was the Chancellor’s policy decisions. The forecasts for productivity, earnings…

Stop Appeasing Stupidity

23 November 2017 11:01

I’ve always thought of the Daily Mail as catering to a sort of Roundhead English tradition, the inheritors of low…

Listen: John McDonnell fails the numbers test

23 November 2017 9:12

It’s something of a terrifying thought, but if Labour defeat the Tories at the next election, John McDonnell will be…

The driverless car revolution will open up all sorts of dilemmas

23 November 2017 8:40

Philip Hammond wants fully autonomous driverless cars on our roads by 2021. That’s not too far away, is it? I…

Philip Hammond’s Budget: the newspaper verdict

23 November 2017 8:25

Only a month ago, in its damning editorial the Daily Mail said Philip Hammond was a ‘dismal, defeatist, relentlessly negative’…

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…

Why did Paperchase bow to a few bug-eyed Corbynistas?

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…