George Osborne

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That was the week that Os

Jamie Reed MP  |  20 March 2015

Nothing drives the alienation of the public from the political process more than when the Westminster lobby and the national media conspires to push an agenda that the public does not like, want or accept. Such an agenda was advertised nationally after this week’s budget as George Osborne’s acolytes emerged from their subterranean pain-dungeons to …

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A Westminster budget, not for the whole nation

Sally Gimson  |  18 March 2015

It was a budget of bread and circuses, or booze and roller coasters. It was also a budget where George Osborne made his pitch to be the next leader of the Conservative party if David Cameron is ousted after the next election. There was money off beer and petrol, lots of opportunities for people to …

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George Osborne Budget 2015

A budget of tactics, not strategy

Alex White  |  18 March 2015

George Osborne is like most managers of the English national football team. Early exits from major tournaments are swiftly followed by a feeling that instead of putting up with habitually poor performances, we might consider investing in a bright future from the bottom up. In his final budget, George Osborne confirmed that he has no …

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Wanted: a budget for freelancers and SMEs

Philip Ross  |  18 March 2015

Small firms and the self-employed will be watching with interest to see how much fibre is in today’s budget or whether it will be lots of froth and topping. In short, they will be watching to see if it will deliver some real measurable change and improvement or just more aspirational rhetoric. On the political …

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Why making work pay is key to balancing our books

Dan Jarvis MP  |  16 December 2014

Today I am leading a debate in parliament – but it is a debate we should have had three weeks ago. On 28 November my Make Work Pay Bill was due to be debated in the House of Commons. It was a bill to give greater powers to the Low Pay Commission and strengthen the …

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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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Chuka Umunna and John Rentoul

The party of the mainstream

Gurjinder Dhaliwal  |  10 December 2014

The only poll that will really matter, Chuka Umunna said rightly at last night’s In Conversation With event chaired by John Rentoul, is the way in which people vote on 7 May 2015. With less than six months to go until the general election, the shadow secretary of state for business laid out a convincing …

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel

The Tories are putting jobs and investment at risk

Douglas Alexander MP  |  8 December 2014

It seems commonplace nowadays to claim that Europe will be a big feature of the next election. I do not disagree. But it is not because Nigel Farage says it will be. Or even because David Cameron’s backbenchers want it to be. It will be significant in the next election because of the impact it …

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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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