Philip Hammond

The Spectator Podcast: Brexit Wars

21 September 2017 15:24

On this week’s Spectator Podcast we look at the final Brexit war amongst the Conservatives. We also discuss the maverick politician…

Caption contest: Cabinet unity

21 September 2017 14:05

A week is a long time in politics. After Boris Johnson kicked off his working week with a 4,000 word…

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…

The Tories need to seem serious about balancing the books

1 August 2017 17:30

There are some things in life that you can always rely on: the sun will rise in the East, there…

What the papers say: Philip Hammond must ‘belt up’

1 August 2017 8:42

Philip Hammond, of all people, ought to ‘relish’ Brexit and the opportunity it will hand to Chancellors to set their own tax…

Philip Hammond creates a one-man Cabinet split over Brexit

31 July 2017 8:01

Leaving Philip Hammond in charge of the government was always going to be a risk because of his habit of putting…

The Cabinet’s Brexit position is transitioning

28 July 2017 17:53

Although this week has seen a divergence of views in the Cabinet over Brexit (not to mention Labour’s continuing Brexit confusion)…

This isn’t a Cabinet leak, it’s just good journalism

17 July 2017 10:31

I was on the radio this morning with David Mellor who accused the Cabinet of being appallingly ill-disciplined because of ‘leaks’…

Sunday shows round-up: Philip Hammond says public sector workers paid ‘10 per cent premium’

16 July 2017 16:31

Philip Hammond – Public sector workers paid ’10 per cent premium’ Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has landed himself…

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…

Self-employed workers don’t need rescuing

11 July 2017 8:26

‘Workers,’ says Matthew Taylor, whose report into modern practices is published this week, ‘should be treated as human beings, not…

Philip Hammond holds his nerve on public sector pay

4 July 2017 9:32

Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall at today’s Cabinet meeting. After growing calls from ministers for Theresa May to ditch the public…

What the papers say: The Tories must start acting like a Government again

4 July 2017 8:32

‘Spare a thought for Philip Hammond,’ says the Times. The Chancellor once looked certain to lose his job – and yet…

Brexit backsliding fears are stronger than ever

25 June 2017 8:30

In February, Matthew Parris wrote that Brexiteers seemed very anxious, despite having won. He thought this was because they were…

How Philip Hammond could be PM by October

24 June 2017 22:00

The biggest factor keeping Theresa May in office is the absence of an alternative Conservative leader with broad enough backing…

Meet the new leaders of Project Soft Brexit: Mark Carney and Philip Hammond

20 June 2017 12:58

As double acts go, it is probably not up there with Eric and Ernie, John and Paul, or even Liam and…

Sunday shows round-up: Hammond undermines May over Brexit ‘no deal’

18 June 2017 16:49

Philip Hammond – No deal would be ‘a very, very bad outcome’ One day before Brexit negotiations get underway, Philip…

Why is Philip Hammond trying to destabilise his government’s Brexit talks?

18 June 2017 14:51

You can see why Theresa May locked her Chancellor up in a cupboard during the general election campaign. Not only…

Why an extended, Brexit transition is now on the cards

17 June 2017 10:40

The Brexit talks start on Monday. Theresa May hoped that they would be beginning with the UK government’s hand strengthened…

Philip Hammond’s Brexit plan is the worst of all worlds

14 June 2017 12:42

Had last week’s expected landslide actually occurred Philip Hammond would by now be working on his memoirs. Instead, he is…

Forget the ‘nasty party’, Theresa May has turned the Tories into the zombie party

15 April 2017 12:00

Watching Education Secretary Justine Greening discuss grammar schools this week, I felt exasperated and in desperate need of a cognac. And…

Listen: Philip Hammond’s Today interview – ‘we cannot have our cake and eat it’

29 March 2017 10:37

Happy Article 50 day. The day is finally upon us. The Prime Minister has signed the letter which will trigger Article…

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…

Numbers 10 & 11 need to find a better way of working together

18 March 2017 10:34

Philip Hammond should be sending George Osborne a case of the finest claret. For Osborne’s decision to accept the editorship…

Hammond tries and fails to explain himself

15 March 2017 16:18

This time last week, Philip Hammond stood in the Chamber and made a joke about how the last Chancellor to…