George Osborne

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The end of the experiment

The Progressive  |  14 July 2015

Labour must learn again how to win over those who voted Tory If you seek a culprit for Labour’s defeat in 2015, look no further than David Marquand, principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. Marquand did not mean to cause Labour’s defeat. I suspect he regrets it, and would rather it had not happened. But he should …

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Hunt vote hardly rises to challenges of the country

Andrew Pakes  |  14 July 2015

Five years after first making a manifesto promise to give the pro-hunting lobby a free vote in parliament, David Cameron will make good on his words this week. The hunting ban has been good business for the Conservative leadership. The promise of a free vote in 2010 helped mobilise hunting supporters to deliver leaflets and …

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One lesson for Labour

Stephen Beer  |  10 July 2015

The first Conservative budget since 1996 illustrated one lesson for Labour: how important it is to establish and maintain economic credibility. The chancellor’s March budget, for the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, stated that annual borrowing would be eliminated by 2018-19, mainly through harsh spending cuts including a £12bn cut to welfare spending. The Conservative manifesto went …

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The Last Word … A Maoist bent to the budget

Jamie Reed MP  |  10 July 2015

Boos company George Osborne is not the strategic political mastermind either he or his legions of friends in the right wing media believe. Few politicians have been booed by an Olympic stadium filled with 80,000 people, but nonetheless, Osborne will be happy with the predictable plaudits from the usual suspects following this week’s budget. If …

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George Osborne summer budget 2015

Changing the country in fundamental ways

Emma Burnell  |  8 July 2015

Just before prime minister’s questions today the government announced there would be a free vote on fox hunting. For George Osborne’s sake, let’s hope that it passes, as with today’s announcement on a compulsory ‘national living wage’, he has just shot a major Labour fox. Yes of course, the devil is in the detail. A …

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Combating cross dressing Osborne

Jonathan Todd  |  8 July 2015

George Osborne crossed dressed and declared himself a one nation chancellor in both the headline measures of his budget and in its details. Legislation for a living wage was intended as the closing showstopper and abolishing permanent non-dom status stole the policy with which Labour appeared to have most momentum in the general election. Training …

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Angel of the North

Insufficient substance behind the spin

Ed Cox  |  8 July 2015

The ‘northern powerhouse’ remains an important emblem of the government’s commitment to rebalancing the economy and businesses remain enthusiastic about its potential for unlocking northern prosperity. IPPR North research has shown that just halving the output gap between the north and the national average would increase national economic output by £41bn. The northern economy is …

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Powering ahead

Claire Reynolds  |  2 July 2015

Labour must falter no more on real devolution —One of the few silver linings that follow a defeat as unequivocal as Labour’s in May is the window of opportunity for brutal honesty. No longer obliged to defend every letter of past leaderships, and not yet tied to the narrative of a new leader, now is the chance for brave voices within the …

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Yvette Cooper

‘White flashing constellations of the digital age’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 June 2015

Yvette Cooper claims the party must win back the businesswoman who said Labour ‘broke her heart’ David Cameron ‘has a woman problem,’ Yvette Cooper tells us, and she is determined to give him ‘an even bigger one’ by becoming the first female leader of the Labour party. Her ambition is to challenge him ‘personally’ to try …

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The Last Word … Northern workhouse

Jamie Reed MP  |  26 June 2015

George Osborne’s ‘powerhouse’ meme didn’t last long. Further anticipated cuts to local government – which hurt harder in areas based upon public spending than elsewhere – have been supplemented by cuts and/or delays to strategic rail upgrades. It’s almost as if he never meant the rhetoric at all … 100 weeks … … since the …

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