Osborne

George Osborne’s change of heart

20 June 2019 11:24

For a long time George Osborne was more likely to be found taking snipes at his one-time political rival Boris…

George Osborne takes revenge

14 November 2018 11:48

To the surprise of some Brexiteers, today’s front pages have been broadly sympathetic to Theresa May and her troubled deal.…

Watch: Polly Toynbee vs George Osborne – ‘the idea that he’s a centrist!’

31 October 2018 8:37

In recent years, George Osborne has attempted to rebrand himself. Once known as the austere chancellor, the Evening Standard editor…

George Osborne learns his lesson

6 August 2018 9:58

While David Cameron has reportedly busied himself of late telling friends how his old mate Michael Gove is ‘mad’ and…

Budget day – a good day to bury George Osborne’s extra income

8 March 2017 18:02

As politicians and hacks alike turn their ire on Philip Hammond this afternoon over his decision to row back on…

Hinkley Point is the imperfect answer to a pressing problem

28 July 2016 16:08

Brits had been told that we’d be cooking our turkeys on power generated at Hinkley Point by next Christmas. It’s…

The New Labour influences on Osborne’s Budget

9 July 2015 12:56

George Osborne had a ringside seat for New Labour’s dominance of British politics and you could see the influence that…

Who Will Rid Cameron of His Part-Time Chancellor?

1 June 2012 0:02

I commend Fraser’s most recent post on our part-time Chancellor of the Exchequer. But even my flabber was gasted (or…

George Osborne, Poker Player

30 May 2012 13:28

May God protect me from my friends. That, I suggest, should be George Osborne’s reaction to Ben Brogan’s Telegraph column…

Weak, Weak, Weak

29 May 2012 10:57

So the government is appeasing pie-eaters today. And caravan owners. In one sense this is unsurprising since increasing taxes on…

Waiting for Growth

1 May 2012 13:48

With apologies to the Beckett Estate… Two tramps appear on stage. They are dressed in white tie and tails and…

The Austerity Myth

26 April 2012 13:19

On the global scale of hackish irritation, the American left’s persistent determination to misdiagnose the reasons behind Britain’s faltering economy…

Osborne’s Failure

16 April 2012 12:15

If this has been a disappointing spring for David Cameron, it has been a calamitous season for George Osborne. The…

Osborne, the Master Strategist

26 March 2012 23:15

According to John Rentoul, the combination of the budget and Cam Dine With Me* has shunted Labour into a ten…

Soak the Old

22 March 2012 14:25

So George Osborne has received a kicking in today’s press. That’s what happens when you try to disguise a tax-raising…

The Cost of Living Like This

21 March 2012 16:05

Brother Jones and Fraser and Pete have already given you some of the useful charts from today’s budget. But the…

Let the Tax Competition Games Begin!

21 March 2012 11:35

It is not right to say that this is the last United Kingdom budget. Far from it. Nevertheless, the times…

The Trouble with George: Politics & Economics Do Not Always Mix

20 March 2012 14:31

Today’s top Westminster read is James Kirkup’s article on the Treasury smart set. It builds a good foundation from which…

The 50% Tax Rate is Bad; Cutting it is Worse

16 March 2012 1:36

The Guardian reports that George Osborne is going to cut the top rate on income tax from 50% to 40%.…

Osborne, Laffer & the Cost of Black Gold Populism

28 February 2012 11:25

As you’d expect, Brother Hoskin offers a fair summary of George Osborne’s difficulties with fuel duty. Osborne, backed it should…