Budget 2014

Why not fine those who waste the NHS’s resources?

1 April 2014 16:07

What do I want from the budget, I was asked. So I had a think. One plea was for no…

The Tories are repeatedly reminding voters of their achievements – finally

31 March 2014 8:56

It’s no surprise that the Conservatives want to take the credit for the tax cuts in the Budget, or that…

Ten things that have gone badly wrong in the British insurance industry

30 March 2014 14:08

UK insurers have been under fire since George Osborne’s Budget, and many must be reeling from the shock of it…

How the Budget failed to erode the North-South divide

29 March 2014 12:51

The Budget contained eye-catching measures to stimulate business investment, which has been lagging badly behind the current recovery, and to…

Today’s inflation fall means the Tories can have their interest rate cake and eat it too

25 March 2014 12:18

Today’s inflation figures bring more good news for the government. CPI inflation is now down at 1.7 per cent, the…

Budget 2014: a torpedo Budget which will split the Shadow Cabinet

24 March 2014 9:42

Last week’s budget has transformed the political landscape. The welfare cap, new savings and pensions freedoms and ‘NISA’s, have all…

Budget 2014: what Osborne didn’t tell us about the crunch to come

23 March 2014 20:32

Getting to the truth of a Budget is far easier under George Osborne’s new system. His creation, the Office for…

#ToryBingo could still benefit the Conservatives

22 March 2014 16:45

Isabel and Sebastian are right: #ToryBingo is embarrassing. The advert was crass to the point of being idiotic. The use…

#ToryBingo: why politicians can’t ignore twitterstorms

21 March 2014 14:33

The row over Grant Shapps’ bingo poster is an example of what happens when politicians assume that what goes in…

Of course Labour doesn’t trust people with their money: the party made little effort to teach them about it

21 March 2014 13:38

Labour’s response to the biggest announcement of the Budget, on pensions reform, was never going to be snappy. It would…

George Osborne gave us a saver’s budget. Should he have bothered?

21 March 2014 8:54

‘If you’re a saver, this budget is for you’, George Osborne said on Wednesday as he unveiled measures to let…

Labour sticks to cost-of-living attack as Budget debate rumbles on

20 March 2014 17:45

If Ed Balls thought he could have done a better job than Ed Miliband at responding to the Budget, today…

It’s time for the state to trust adults with their own money

20 March 2014 15:54

The changes that George Osborne announced to pensions yesterday were so big that there was always going to be a…

Should we make Magna Carta Day our national holiday?

20 March 2014 14:31

I know there are probably more important things in the Budget, but I for one (and probably, literally, the only…

Podcast: Buying your way into the establishment and Osborne’s 2014 budget

20 March 2014 10:20

How easy is it to buy your way into the British establishment? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Harry…

George Osborne’s Budget elephant trap is still open and waiting for Labour

20 March 2014 9:32

Yesterday the Opposition didn’t really do all that much opposing. Labour announced it was going to vote in favour of…

Tories: There never was a bingo poster

20 March 2014 8:38

George Osborne got the front pages he wanted this morning. ‘A budget for Sun readers’ proclaims his target newspaper. But…

Video: Spectator Budget Briefing 2014 with Fraser Nelson

19 March 2014 19:53

In association with Aberdeen Asset Management Spectator editor Fraser Nelson looks at George Osborne’s fourth budget, whether he’s telling the…

Labour doesn’t want to talk about today’s budget

19 March 2014 17:46

Ed Balls has just delivered quite an odd post-Budget briefing. It was odd because he didn’t really want to criticise…

Podcast: Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman on Budget 2014

19 March 2014 17:23

Following George Osborne’s fourth budget, The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss what the announcements mean, the significant changes for pensioners, how the…