Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond raises the prospect of delaying Brexit day

15 September 2018 10:31

Philip Hammond’s political tin ear has struck again. As I write in The Sun this morning, he has twice been…

The NHS bus pledge could have a sting in the tail for the Tories

15 June 2018 11:14

Today’s newspapers have managed to catch up with our cover story from last month: Theresa May has agreed to a…

Watch: Former transport secretary quizzes Chancellor over missing millennial railcard

28 May 2018 22:26

Oh dear. It’s six months since Philip Hammond stood up in the Autumn Budget and announced a new railcard for those aged…

May is finally embracing Osborne’s agenda

13 March 2018 16:17

Here are the two words that matter most in today’s Spring Statement: “balanced approach”. Those words appear five times in…

Spring statement: Philip Hammond learns the value of politics

13 March 2018 13:36

Philip Hammond used to pride himself on being ‘spreadsheet Phil’, the Chancellor who didn’t waste his time on politics because…

Full text: Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement

13 March 2018 13:30

The UK was the only major economy to make hundreds of tax and spending changes twice a year. And major…

The toxic politics of ‘soft Brexit’

2 February 2018 13:55

The management principle that in static organisations, people are promoted to their level of incompetence reveals the government’s two most…

Spreadsheet Phil toasts his survival

12 January 2018 12:51

This week’s Cabinet reshuffle proved underwhelming on the whole but for one man, it marked a great change in fortune.…

First time buyers will welcome Hammond’s Budget, but not everyone will be quite so pleased

23 November 2017 16:47

Britain has waited 21 years for an Autumn Budget, but on the evidence we saw yesterday, Philip Hammond still needs…

Philip Hammond is not the man to take the battle to Jeremy Corbyn

22 November 2017 16:34

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing down its importance — for his big ideas on fiscal…

Five things you need to know about Hammond’s Budget

22 November 2017 15:03

After months of Tory nerves, Philip Hammond has just finished presenting his Autumn Budget in the Chamber. Among the main…

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…

Philip Hammond’s driverless car U-turn

20 November 2017 10:29

On Sunday, Philip Hammond took both No 10 and No 11 by surprise with his interview on the Andrew Marr…

Sunday shows round-up: John McDonnell says Labour’s nationalisation programme is no ‘magic card trick’

19 November 2017 16:56

Philip Hammond – ‘We are delivering homes at record numbers’ Philip Hammond is set to deliver his second budget on…

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…

It’s not just the Green Belt that could cause a political row on housing

6 November 2017 15:35

The Conservatives are having yet another one of their Green Belt rows. Over the weekend, it was reported that Philip…

The Spectator Podcast: Save the children!

26 October 2017 15:26

On this week’s episode we look at whether the kids are alright or if we need to talk about their…

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’…