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Dave’s chillaxed approach to keeping fit

First it was George Osborne on the 5:2 diet, then the Prime Minister revealed he had ‘given up bread’ in an attempt to shed some pre-election pounds. Today, Cameron has… Continue reading The post Dave’s chillaxed approach to keeping fit appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Can George Osborne pass his own 13 tests?

Before George Osborne took to wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets, he used to revel in his status as a political insider. In 2004, he wrote a piece for The… Continue reading The post Can George Osborne pass his own 13 tests? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Chancellor Osborne Pledges More to Help North Sea Oil Industry

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said he’s likely to announce further steps to help Scotland’s North Sea oil and gas industry. The post Chancellor Osborne Pledges More to Help North Sea Oil Industry appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Major British Banks Say Bitcoin Is Risky And Could Help Terrorists

Major UK banks, including Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, have warned that Chancellor George Osborne's plan to turn Britain into a hub for the virtual currency trade could help terrorists and criminals. The warning came in a letter to the Treasury from the British Banker's Association (BBA), which represents the leading British banks. Show More Summary

Exposed! George Osborne’s secret plan to help people back to work.

We’ve spent plenty time on Coffee House challenging George Osborne’s more dubious claims (‘deficit halved!’, etc) as has much of the media. But happily, there now seems to be a truce.… Continue reading The post Exposed! George Osborne’s secret plan to help people back to work. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Oil Companies Are Begging The UK Government To Bail Them Out

Oil companies are lobbying Chancellor George Osborne to have North Sea taxes slashed from 80% to 30% as the oil price collapse puts production under threat. Since June last year the price of benchmark Brent crude oil has fallen overShow More Summary

Symmetric Inflation Target May Help Eurozone, U.K.’s Osborne Says

U.K. Treasury chief George Osborne is wading into a lively debate in monetary policy circles: Should central banks act as forcefully to combat inflation below their targets as they do when it surges above?

‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs

David Cameron and George Osborne addressed Tory MPs this evening. The meeting was to update the Tory parliamentary party on the economy and its place in the party’s election strategy.… Continue reading The post ‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Did Richard Curtis script today’s showdown between Osborne and Balls?

Even though they ended up walking through the lobbies together (though not hand in hand, skipping, sadly), Ed Balls and George Osborne still managed to have the sort of Commons… Continue reading The post Did Richard Curtis script today’s showdown between Osborne and Balls? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

All-Time Low Inflation Poses Big Risks For The Bank Of England

Chancellor George Osborne took to social media to celebrate the news that consumer prices inflation has fallen to its lowest rate on record — 0.5%. Osborne Tweeted: Inflation is 0.5%- lowest level in modern times.Welcome news with family...Show More Summary

Frack The Public: UK Shale Gets US Style PR Makeover

BY BRENDAN MONTAGUE AND RICHARD HEASMAN Fracking is an incendiary issue: fractious campaigners are terrified drilling for shale gas will cause earthquakes and contaminate our water supplies. But the chancellor George Osborne and theShow More Summary

London's Elite Property Market Ended The Year With A Frenzy Of Buying To Avoid New Taxes

In December's Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne made some massive changes to stamp duty. That's the tax paid during the sale of a property. The changes Osborne made sent sales of luxury, high-end properties surging that day,...Show More Summary

And now a porkie from Labour: spending is not (really) heading back to 1930s levels

Another day, another poster – and this time, it’s Labour stretching the truth. The above is the same trick as George Osborne was playing with the deficit. The reader is… Continue reading The post And now a porkie from Labour: spending is not (really) heading back to 1930s levels appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Osborne targets Vince Cable in opening election salvo

As the General Election limbers up, today saw the first day of proper campaigning with the Tories unveiling their first election poster and George Osborne hitting the road. The Chancellor… Continue reading The post Osborne targets Vince Cable in opening election salvo appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The street lamps are going out all over Britain? Rejoice

This is Peter Hitchens' Mail on Sunday column I do hope that more councils will be switching off their horrible street lamps. George Osborne’s economic crisis (known bizarrely as a ‘recovery’) is as good an excuse as any for this......

It Looks Like George Osborne Is Going To Miss His Deficit Targets Again

Government borrowing in November stood at £14.1 billion. It's finally heading in the direction the government wants again, down from the same month last year. But that's the first good news for the Treasury in a while now. After several months of rising borrowing, the UK racked up £75.8 billion in extra borrowing from April to November. Show More Summary

Why is George Osborne’s aide paid £95,000? Because he’s worth it

The Daily Mirror has today splashed on the fact that Rupert Harrison, chief economic adviser to the British government, has had a pay increase and is now on £95,000. Outrageous,… Continue reading The post Why is George Osborne’s aide paid £95,000? Because he’s worth it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy.… Continue reading The post Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Jim Murphy wins Scottish Labour leadership election with 56% of votes on first round

.@ScottishLabour will lead us to a fairer Scotland. #ScotLabLeader pic.twitter.com/KtdCauopFf — Jim Murphy (@jimmurphymp) December 13, 2014 Murphy: "You can't have social justice on George Osborne's levels of spending and tax." — George...Show More Summary

Two lost decades?

On December 3rd George Osborne, Britain's chancellor, delivered the autumn statement, the country's annual mini-budget. We are hosting a round-table discussion of the statement and the direction of British economic policy. Our final contributor is Matthew Whittaker, chief economist at the Resolution Foundation. Show More Summary

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