Blog Profile / Andrew Neil

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Archived Since:July 6, 2011

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Responding to Davey interview critics

The Sunday Politics interview with Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey on July 14 provoked widespread reaction in the twittersphere and elsewhere, which was only to be expected given the interview was about the latest developments...Show More Summary

Examining global warming claims

We discussed global warming with well-known sceptic James Delingpole and Andrew Pendleton of Friends of the Earth (FoE) on the Daily Politics (June 22). One of the great claims of the sceptics is that that global temperatures have not...Show More Summary

PM's donor meetings to be published?

I pushed Tory Party Deputy Chairman Michael Fallon on BBC1's Sunday Politics, in the wake of the Sunday Times' "cash for access" revelations, if the prime minister's meetings with major party donors were all documented and in the public...Show More Summary

Budget's two major announcements

The Daily Politics understands Wednesday's Budget will be dominated by two major announcements. 1. The tax-free allowance before income tax clicks in will be increased more quickly than the Coalition Agreement currently envisages, reaching £10,000 in April 2014, a year earlier than planned. 2. Show More Summary

Lord reforms to rock coalition?

Yesterday's Head to Head on the Sunday Politics on House of Lords reform between Tory trouble-making MP Philip Davies and a maverick Liberal Democrat peer Matthew Oakeshott might seem like an amusing sideshow to mainstream politics. But...Show More Summary

A Greek default could still happen.

So, after 13 hours of talks into the wee small hours of this morning (unlucky for them!), eurozone finance ministers finally reached an agreement in principle on a second Greek bailout, this one worth 130bn euro plus a 50%+ write-down...Show More Summary

Are we heading for a Lost Decade?

In the summer of 2008, several months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the deepest recession since the 1930s, I gave a talk to senior colleagues at the BBC. My theme was that the Age of Plenty was over and that...Show More Summary

Banks made 'offer they couldn't refuse'

The markets are cautious but in positive territory this morning as they view what is coming out of the eurozone summit in Brussels as less than required but better than no deal at all. The latest plan to handle the eurozone's sovereign debt crisis did not emerge until the wee small hours of this morning and it gives us little more than the architecture of what has been agreed.

Cameron is making a show of strength

A leading Tory backbencher says his party's high command is in "complete panic" over next week's Commons vote on an EU referendum. David Cameron has imposed a three-line whip to vote it down and brought forward the debate from Thursday to Monday so he and the Foreign Secretary can be there (they will be abroad on Thursday).

'Energy market is not functioning'

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne says that our fuel bills wouldn't rise so much if we could wean ourselves off ever-rising fossil fuels. The big power companies say they've had to hike our gas and electricity bills because of rising global energy prices. I've been looking at energy prices and I'm not sure the picture is quite as they say.

Inflation will keep climbing higher

Higher fuel, food and transport costs - something every household is all too aware of - have propelled inflation to fresh highs in September. The CPI, the government's preferred measure, hit 5.2% (well up on August's 4.5%) while the more broadly-based RPI (which better reflects household spending patterns) shot up to 5.6% (from 5.2% in August), the highest for 20 years.

UK 'can't withstand eurozone firestorm'

Chancellor George Osborne says the eurozone's sovereign debt crisis "remains the epicentre of the world's current problems." His Washington counterpart, US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, has warned that unless the eurozone sorts its problems out pronto the world faces "cascading default, bank runs and catastrophic risk."

The squeeze is far from over

I flew out of New York last night reading a New York Times report about collapsing living standards in Middle America to arrive in London to a similar story about Britain. Between June 2009, when the US recession officially ended, and June 2011, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 6.7%, to $49,909, according to a study by two former Census Bureau officials.

Clearer idea on health spending

I make no apologies for returning to government spending on health. The Tory promise in the election to ring-fence health spending and increase it in real terms every year even during a period of public spending cuts was distinctive and much-touted during the 2010 election campaign.

Examining the chancellor's announcements

Journalistic inquiry here in Manchester since Chancellor George Osborne finished his speech has concentrated on trying to find out more about his plans for credit easing (or monetary activism as the Treasury also calls it). You can see my efforts to learn more from Treasury Minister Justine Greening here.

Questioning the health secretary's figures

Last night I interviewed Health Secretary Andrew Lansley live on the BBC News Channel before an audience of the Tory faithful. I suggested to him that, because inflation was much higher than had been anticipated 18 months ago, his election...Show More Summary

'Some words that don't last the day'

Party conferences are a maelstrom of things said that don't turn out to be quite accurate or don't manage to last the week. That's true of all party conferences but we're in Liverpool with Labour so let's look at some examples from here.

Investigating Ed Balls' claims

I interviewed Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls on the Daily Politics Conference Special on Monday, live from Liverpool, the moment he'd finished speaking to the Labour conference. In the course of our usual robust exchange, which we both enjoy, he made a couple of claims that I knew I would have to investigate more thoroughly. And I have!

Not quite what I expected of Vince

Vince Cable didn't quite deliver as expected. Last year the Business Secretary played to the Lib Dem gallery with a populist speech that depicted capitalism as brutal and dismissed bankers as "spivs and gamblers".

Nick Clegg 'in relatively good shape'

In aftermath of the Lib Dems terrible local election results and the spectacular loss of the AV referendum (remember that?) in May, the party's annual conference, which has just opened in Birmingham, could have had the makings of a lynch mob for Nick Clegg. Show More Summary

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