Spending plans

The Tories aren’t planning to run a £23 billion surplus in 2019/20

7 December 2014 13:35

All the talk about the ‘colossal’ cuts to come if the Tories win re-election has been predicated on the assumption…

The View from 22 — government snooping and Cameron and Miliband’s crucial autumn

13 September 2012 9:06

Is the government about to start digitally invading every single aspect of our lives? In this week’s cover feature, Nick…

Baseline advantage

4 December 2011 13:06

One of the advantages the governing party has during an election campaign is the ability to set the baseline. It…

It’s not Brown, it’s Balls

26 September 2011 13:26

Ed Balls’s speech to Labour conference just now was a typically Ballsian performance. There was intellectual aggression, dividing lines with…

New Balls?

26 September 2011 9:10

Given that Ed Balls’ strategy has backfired on his party so far, with Labour ten points behind the Tories on…

Balls’ new rules

26 September 2011 7:09

It’s Ed Balls’ speech today, and he’s cleared it with Ed Miliband – a courtesy that Gordon Brown never extended…

Read my lips: no new tax cuts

24 September 2011 9:39

There are still rumours in Westminster that David Cameron will cut taxes to stimulate the economy, but the speech he…

Clegg’s chance to lead by example

21 September 2011 10:19

Nick Clegg will deliver his keynote speech to the Liberal Democrat conference later this afternoon. It has been substantially trailed…

The strange case of the extra £5bn

21 September 2011 9:05

Strange things are happening between Whitehall and Birmingham. After the IMF downgraded its growth forecast for Britain yesterday, the BBC…

Universally speaking

27 July 2011 14:28

As Paul Waugh notes, James Purnell’s article for the Times today (£) is striking for its attack on universal benefits.…

Milburn on Lansley’s health reforms

16 March 2011 17:34

Andrew Lansley’s health reforms have never been in the rosiest of health; but, as Pete observed yesterday, the current malaise…

Osborne quells some dissent with his latest ruse

8 February 2011 9:10

This morning’s newspapers would have made grim reading for the government. The Department for Transport has been forced to reverse…

Prisoner voting rights are undemocratic

2 November 2010 18:20

It was unlikely that the Coalition could have played for any more time before lifting the ban on prisoner voting. …

A wasted opportunity for EU reform?

2 November 2010 11:10

David Cameron made his statement on last week’s EU summit yesterday, answering a range of questions on the 2011 EU…

Question: how much do we contribute towards the EU budget?

28 October 2010 16:52

Answer: it depends on how you look at it. I’ve put together the chart below (click for a larger version),…

Cameron must play his cards well to win in Europe

28 October 2010 14:49

The British media woke up this week, realising that Europe still exists. As David Cameron travels to Brussels, questions loom…

Cameron takes on Europe

28 October 2010 9:10

European leaders, we are told, have been charmed by David Cameron since he formed the coalition government – today, we…

Osborne’s inoculation strategy has worked

21 October 2010 23:24

Several of tomorrow’s newspapers lead on the IFS’ conclusion that those on the lowest income will suffer most from the…

The slog starts today

20 October 2010 9:02

Welcome to Stage Two of the government’s life. The first stage was the Budget, which established the size of the…

What Fox can learn from IDS

16 October 2010 19:36

The Ministry of Defence’s -7.5 percent budget settlement is a better deal than it appeared the MoD would get back…