Budget

Five things we learnt from the IFS Budget briefing

23 November 2017 18:09

It’s the day after Philip Hammond’s Budget and so far the Chancellor has managed to avoid disaster. Broadly speaking, his…

‘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…

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 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…

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…

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…