Budget 2016

Would Brexit mean Boris as PM? If so, should we worry?

26 March 2016 15:08

This time last year, Matthew Parris was about the only commentator predicting that the Tories would win a majority. In…

George Osborne disappears, as MPs debate fallout of his budget

21 March 2016 16:27

How did George Osborne survive the Urgent Question that John McDonnell asked him today in the Commons about the changes…

Iain Duncan Smith warns government in danger of ‘dividing society’

20 March 2016 10:28

In one of the most extraordinary political interviews of recent times, Iain Duncan Smith has warned that the government ‘is…

George Osborne should have gone to the Foreign Office after the election

19 March 2016 10:10

Imagine how different politics would be now if George Osborne had moved to the Foreign Office after the election. He…

Why George Osborne’s sugar tax isn’t a ‘pious, regressive absurdity’

17 March 2016 13:44

George Osborne’s announcement in the Budget that he wants to help fight childhood obesity through a tax on sugary drinks has…

Did The Times get cold feet about the ‘desperate chancellor’?

17 March 2016 12:59

Yesterday George Osborne found himself accused of using spin to distract attention from his missed financial targets — with the…

How does George Osborne get away with missing his targets?

17 March 2016 11:25

How does George Osborne get away with it? The Chancellor was asked this on the Today programme this morning, with…

Budget 2016: the winners and the losers

17 March 2016 10:12

Was it good for you? George Osborne’s 2016 Budget, delivered to a packed House of Commons on Wednesday, has drawn…

Budget 2016: Osborne gets the front pages he wanted

17 March 2016 8:25

Normally, a set of newspaper splashes featuring a Chancellor’s most controversial Budget policy would be judged a bad thing. But today’s newspaper…

The Spectator Podcast: Why political correctness is a good thing, George Osborne’s Budget, and the end of the rave

17 March 2016 8:06

Is political correctness a good thing or a bad thing? As Simon Barnes writes in this week’s magazine, he used…

If Wiltshire Tories regard George Osborne as a socialist, he has a problem

17 March 2016 0:34

BBC Newsnight sent a crew to North Wiltshire today, to interview voters about the budget. Gladys Pek Yue Macrae, a…

The OBR is relaxed about Brexit – contrary to what Osborne suggested

16 March 2016 18:00

In his Budget speech today, George Osborne made out as if the Office for Budget Responsibility was worried about Britain leaving…

Full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s Budget speech

16 March 2016 16:33

Thank you Mr Deputy Speaker. The Budget the Chancellor has just delivered is actually a culmination of six years of…

Budget Sketch: George Osborne finally dropped the conservative pretence

16 March 2016 16:07

If George Osborne was ever a conservative he dropped the pretence today. The chancellor sounded risibly pompous as he declared…

Budget 2016: George Osborne played a difficult hand well

16 March 2016 15:46

George Osborne played a difficult hand well in this Budget. Hemmed in by the worsening fiscal forecasts and the political…

George Osborne’s cautious, strikingly moral Budget

16 March 2016 15:37

There were two striking things about George Osborne’s Budget today. The first was that having made sure that the weekend…

Watch: George Osborne’s former chief of staff drops the Chancellor in it over sugar tax stunt

16 March 2016 15:35

Of all the pledges in George Osborne’s budget announcement today, the most surprising appeared to be that of the sugar tax.…

Collapse in North Sea revenues destroys the SNP’s economic argument

16 March 2016 15:31

Alex Salmond had planned 24 March 2016 as his independence day and the budget he published during the Scottish independence referendum envisaged…

Budget 2016: The biggest problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s response was that it was delivered by Jeremy Corbyn

16 March 2016 14:56

Jeremy Corbyn’s response to today’s Budget was fine on paper. It included a proper response to the policies that were…

Watch: George Osborne promises to ‘abolish’ the Liberal Democrats

16 March 2016 14:25

Of course no Budget announcement would be complete without some customary ‘banter’ from the Chancellor of the Exchequer. With George…

George Osborne’s 2016 Budget: full audio and text

16 March 2016 13:51

Mr Deputy Speaker, Today I report on an economy set to grow faster than any other major advanced economy in the…

Osborne’s new sugar tax is a tax on the poor

16 March 2016 13:34

The fat man of Europe is getting fatter. His teeth are rotting from the sugar in his coke and chocolates. He…

Budget 2016 – the key announcements

16 March 2016 12:40

Sugar tax on drinks with over 8pc sugar from 2018. A tax on the poor. Chunky growth downgrades. This year, GDP to…

What to expect from today’s Budget

16 March 2016 11:10

The art of delivering a good Budget – in a political sense at least – is to give everyone the…

Budget 2016: Osborne the weatherman to warn of storm clouds over the economy

16 March 2016 8:55

A year ago, George Osborne was giving voters a glimpse of the sunny uplands that they could expect from life…