Budget

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…

The Spectator Podcast: Corbyn 2.0

16 November 2017 14:40

On this week’s episode we look at the social media revolution which could sweep the Tories away. We also discuss…

The value of Scotch whisky exports might be on the up – but volume isn’t

30 October 2017 16:25

Scotland’s whisky industry is the UK’s single largest food and drink export, accounting for almost a fifth of Britain’s the…

Tories grow increasingly nervous about the Budget

12 September 2017 16:57

So long, public sector pay cap. After months of speculation – and some public Cabinet feuding – over the seven-year…

Hammond must make sure his political tin ear doesn’t derail the government

15 July 2017 6:06

Philip Hammond has a bit of a political tin ear. He can be very unaware of how he sounds to…

Revealed: the 63 Labour seats the Tories could snatch at the next election

20 March 2017 15:57

Theresa May has once again ruled out a snap general election but that doesn’t mean the temptation to hold one…

Jeremy Corbyn misses open goal at PMQs

15 March 2017 14:15

The government’s decision to announce a U-turn on the planned rise in Class 4 National Insurance contributions minutes before PMQs meant…

Philip Hammond’s NICs U-turn has blown his credibility as Chancellor

15 March 2017 12:14

Philip Hammond’s credibility as Chancellor has just taken a big blow. Under pressure from his own backbenchers, he has abandoned…

How Philip Hammond’s National Insurance hike affects the ‘gig economy’

12 March 2017 10:00

You might argue that the self-employed enjoy less security than the employed, so it’s fair they contribute less; you might…

The self-employed shouldn’t pay more tax. Here’s why

11 March 2017 19:01

Last Wednesday, Philip Hammond made a joke at Norman Lamont’s expense by reminding the world of how John Major’s first…

Philip Hammond’s budget disaster

11 March 2017 9:00

Some Budgets are historic, most are boring and a small number can be remembered as a disaster. After just a few months, Philip…

The Budget exposed a myth: people don’t want to pay more tax to fund the NHS

10 March 2017 16:31

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the debate on the increase in National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed is that…

Tories, tax and trust – a warning from history

10 March 2017 12:23

I was on the Question Time panel last night, and suspected that the issue of National Insurance might crop up…

Revealed: The full list of Tory MPs who have spoken out against the Chancellor

9 March 2017 16:51

Given that Jeremy Corbyn barely seemed to notice Philip Hammond’s Budget blunder, it’s unlikely the Chancellor will be too worried…

The IFS backs Philip Hammond in National Insurance row

9 March 2017 13:47

Philip Hammond is under pressure over his National Insurance contributions hike. More than a dozen Tory MPs have so far criticised…

What the final Spring Budget means for your pocket

9 March 2017 11:30

With the Chancellor’s Budget moving to a single event from later this year, yesterday’s final Spring Budget went out with a muffled…

Philip Hammond’s small print won’t save him from a Tory backbench revolt

9 March 2017 9:21

George Osborne was famous in Westminster when Chancellor for laying large ‘elephant traps’ for Labour using Treasury policy. He was…

What the papers say: Philip Hammond’s broken promise

9 March 2017 9:03

Philip Hammond is feeling the heat this morning. This was supposed to be the ‘boring’ budget, with no headline-grabbing announcements or…

Jeremy Corbyn’s torrent of miserabilism sums up the party’s woes

8 March 2017 17:31

Would it take much to turn Philip Hammond into Dracula? He’s got the gaunt bearing, the unsettling gaze, the greedy…

Philip Hammond must act fast to avoid a repeat of the pasty tax row

8 March 2017 16:09

The government is in trouble over the National Insurance increase for the self-employed. Journalists are busy pointing out that the…

Philip Hammond brews trouble with his National Insurance hike

8 March 2017 15:20

Philip Hammond had, in his first few months of Chancellor, gained rather a reputation for being an ‘Eeyore’ about the…

Jeremy Corbyn’s bleak Budget response fails to trouble the Chancellor

8 March 2017 14:55

Jeremy Corbyn now has more experience of responding to Budgets than the Chancellor of the Exchequer who he stood opposite…

Philip Hammond’s Budget announcement, full transcript

8 March 2017 14:36

Mr Deputy Speaker, I report today on an economy that has continued to confound the commentators with robust growth. A…

As it happened: Philip Hammond’s first – and final – spring Budget

8 March 2017 14:20

Philip Hammond has finished his Budget announcement. The stand out points? £2bn in funding for social care – although only…

New £5 million fund to help mothers returning to work is long overdue

8 March 2017 12:38

There’s a lot happening today. It’s International Women’s Day, Discover What Your Name Means Day, and we’re right in the…