Fauxsterity

Why Yanis Varoufakis is right about George Osborne’s fauxsterity

25 September 2015 18:40

Not often that I’d be inclined to agree with Syriza, but Yanis Varoufakis had a point last night when he…

Five tricks that George Osborne may pull in his Budget tomorrow

7 July 2015 11:30

It’s Budget day tomorrow, and as James Forsyth put it recently, George Osborne will never have a better time to…

Why must Grant Shapps spoil a good story with a porkie?

29 December 2014 19:09

An email arrives from Grant Shapps, chairman of the Tory Party, listing the things the Coalition has achieved in four…

In graphs: How George Osborne learned to stop worrying and love the debt

1 December 2014 20:49

I have just been on Adam Boulton’s Sky News show, talking about the forthcoming Autumn Statement with Ann Pettifor, a…

Did Osborne halve Britain’s EU bill by admitting that growth still leaves him broke?

7 November 2014 14:26

George Osborne will tonight return from Brussels bringing peace with honour. He says he has agreed to hand over just £850 million…

Who’ll tell the anti-austerity marchers that government spending is at a record high?

21 June 2014 21:14

‘No cuts!’ said banners held at the march on Whitehall today. Well, the Treasury is listening. It has pushed state…

Why Larry Summers is wrong about the British economy – and why George Osborne is right

24 January 2014 18:58

There was a spat at Davos this morning between George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Larry Summers, ex-US Treasury Secretary (and…

Fisking George Osborne’s ‘hard truths’ speech

6 January 2014 18:37

Today, George Osborne used a speech to administer what he called ‘hard truths’ about the economy. But in some cases, the truth was…

Ed Balls play football against journalists at the start of this year's Labour party conference. Picture: Getty.

Where Ed Balls went wrong

30 June 2013 20:27

In today’s Observer, Andrew Rawnsley says that Ed Balls has become a victim of his own success. The Shadow Chancellor predicted…