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Cartoon villain

Alison McGovern MP  |  7 December 2015

The real George Osborne has stood up —If you want to really get clarity about this year’s autumn statement, you need to know this: there is actually not one but two George Osbornes in British politics. The first is cartoon Osborne. This is he of the implacable cuts, the surgeon of the British state and …

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The Last Word … How many Mao times?

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 November 2015

It’s been an extraordinary few weeks in parliament. Following a week described by my Last Word predecessor John McTernan as ‘Labour’s worst ever’ this week has been similarly difficult. The widely anticipated comprehensive spending review was, as such set piece events so often are, something of an anti-climax. Humiliating and damaging U-turns by George Osborne over …

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The plan to steal Labour clothes

Karin Smyth MP  |  26 November 2015

It may turn out to be a day to tell our grandchildren about. But let’s get beyond the little red book, and whether the chancellor is clever, and focus on the real Tory plan. The plan to steal Labour clothes; to pick up on some of our best ideas – ones that address the priorities …

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‘You’re on your own, mate’

Nick Forbes  |  25 November 2015

The chancellor stood up today with a clear message for all but the richest in our society: ‘You’re on your own, mate’. As has been feared for months now, George Osborne confirmed he will axe completely the revenue support grant which for generations has held together the welfare safety net we have come to depend …

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Labour’s challenge is to propose a genuine alternative

Stephen Beer  |  25 November 2015

The autumn statement represents what happens if you adopt the wrong economic policy for the times we live in. For reasons of misguided economics or political priorities, probably both, the government has committed to more years of spending cuts. Meanwhile, though the economy is currently growing at a reasonable pace (+2.3 per cent over twelve …

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King for a day, schmuck for a lifetime

John McTernan  |  12 December 2014

I have said it before, and no doubt I will say it again – George Osborne is too clever by half. And not in a good way. Every time he acts there is an overt political agenda, which is not in itself a bad thing. But there is usually also a hidden agenda or an …

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The chancellor’s mask has slipped

Angela Eagle MP  |  12 December 2014

As I pointed out in business questions this week, the chancellor’s mask has slipped following his autumn statement and his baleful plan for Britain’s future has become clear. He has failed every test and broken every promise he made on the economy. He hoped we would not notice the choice he has made to cut …

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Delivering value and fairness in tough times

Lib Peck  |  12 December 2014

If we are to win in May, we must win back the public’s trust in our ability to manage the economy. History tells us that will not be easy. After the winter of discontent it took Labour four elections and 18 years to regain power. After Black Wednesday, it was three defeats and 18 years …

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After the autumn statement: What now for the two main parties?

Rich Durber  |  4 December 2014

Both George Osborne and Ed Balls are likely to be satisfied with their performances during the autumn statement yesterday, in what most objective people will see as a score-draw. The chancellor failed to deliver the knockout blow to the opposition that some in Labour’s ranks had feared he might, but neither was he forced into …

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Nation-building, not Lilliputianism

Jamie Reed MP  |  3 December 2014

Today’s autumn statement from George Osborne was another missed opportunity to speak to the majority of people outside of the Westminster bubble. In particular, it failed to address that issue which resonates most strongly of all in those areas called ‘Rustbelt Britain’ by the Economist magazine: the need for nation-building. Both the coalition and the …

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