UK politics

David Gauke taunts John McDonnell over Russia Today

23 November 2017 18:30

Alex Salmond has been in the firing line of late over his decision to host a chat show on Russia…

Five things we learnt from the IFS Budget briefing

23 November 2017 18:09

It’s the day after Philip Hammond’s Budget and so far the Chancellor has managed to avoid disaster. Broadly speaking, his…

The Universal Credit is supposed to streamline benefits from October 2013. Picture: Getty.

Budget leaves Universal Credit claimants in precarious position over Christmas

23 November 2017 17:52

If Philip Hammond’s Budget was designed to stave off any particularly pressing problems, rather than really building the Britain that…

It’s time for more schools to have an ‘unsafe space’

23 November 2017 17:03

A school’s decision to create an ‘unsafe space’ – where controversial ideas and works by everyone from Virginia Woolf to…

John McDonnell’s Today interview, full transcript

23 November 2017 15:35

Mishal Husain: Let’s start with that economic picture. Do you agree with what the OBR said about growth; essentially that…

Stop Appeasing Stupidity

23 November 2017 11:01

I’ve always thought of the Daily Mail as catering to a sort of Roundhead English tradition, the inheritors of low…

Listen: John McDonnell fails the numbers test

23 November 2017 9:12

It’s something of a terrifying thought, but if Labour defeat the Tories at the next election, John McDonnell will be…

The driverless car revolution will open up all sorts of dilemmas

23 November 2017 8:40

Philip Hammond wants fully autonomous driverless cars on our roads by 2021. That’s not too far away, is it? I…

Philip Hammond’s Budget: the newspaper verdict

23 November 2017 8:25

Only a month ago, in its damning editorial the Daily Mail said Philip Hammond was a ‘dismal, defeatist, relentlessly negative’…

Are the Tories giving up on balancing the books?

22 November 2017 17:28

Today’s budget forecasts a £20bn reduction in the tax receipts by 2021-22. That’s the cost of the productivity downgrade: The…

Funeral Phil has a sense of comedy that goes unnoticed

22 November 2017 17:27

Odd-looking chap, the chancellor. Give him a moustache and a top hat and he could be Neville Chamberlain. Or a…

Lurking in the Budget is a problem much bigger and badder than Brexit

22 November 2017 17:15

My Budget reaction is mostly: Meh. By that, I mean this won’t really change the weather, though it might just…

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…

Stamp duty was already a mess – but we just made it worse

22 November 2017 15:26

We could have given them free Spotify subscriptions. Or Just Eat vouchers. Instead, the government’s pitch to Jezza-loving twenty-somethings was…

Corbyn’s anger gets the better of him in his Budget response

22 November 2017 15:19

If we accept the usual caveat that it’s difficult for any Opposition leader, no matter how good, to respond well…

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 Budget shows the Tories are still ignoring some big problems

22 November 2017 14:51

On Budget Day, MPs and journalists joke about it being a ‘quiet day’ and ‘not much going on’ as they…

Philip Hammond’s fiscal fix? A tax on cheap cider, fags and diesel cars

22 November 2017 14:42

So where are the nasties? Philip Hammond’s Budget speech can be summed up as follows:  £2.8 billion for the NHS, £44…

Jeremy Corbyn says the B word during PMQs

22 November 2017 13:20

Jeremy Corbyn rarely talks about Brexit at Prime Minister’s Questions, and it is interesting that he chose today’s session, which…

Live: Autumn Budget 2017

22 November 2017 12:37

Philip Hammond avoided any disasters in his second budget of 2017. Here are the headline announcements: Growth forecasts downgraded: Britain’s economy…

Stop Funding Hate has a simple aim: political censorship

22 November 2017 10:28

Here’s a law of politics that is about as cast-iron as a law of politics can be: people who hate…

Revealed: Universal Credit director wins award for… project management

22 November 2017 9:25

You don’t have to be a member of Her Majesty’s Opposition to conclude that something has gone wrong with the…

What the papers say: Hammond must beware the danger of playing it safe

22 November 2017 8:24

Philip Hammond’s second Budget of the year will mean that the Chancellor has another ‘bite at a not especially flavoursome…

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…

Sarah Olney causes a stir at Lib Dem HQ

21 November 2017 13:10

Oh dear. Trouble is brewing at Lib Dem HQ over Sarah Olney. After losing her seat by 45 votes in…