My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. Where is all the pre-budget speculation? In just 10 days George Osborne will deliver his fifth budget and there has been so little fuss you could...
Company news, markets and financial talking points, available from 8am Monday to Friday OSBORNE ‘FACES £20BN BLACKHOLE’ George Osborne is facing a black hole in public finances of more than £20bn, claims the Financial Times. The figure,...Show More Summary
A Coalition update. Its workings become more and more odd. Yesterday we learned that the Tories, specifically David Cameron and George Osborne, staged what was described as an ambush against the Lib Dems in Cabinet. The Prime Minister surprised everyone by announcing that he would, after all, want to see a recall of MPs Bill [...]
Asking London’s Mayor to stand as an MP suggests the party is preparing for defeat 'Be careful what you wish for” is a rule that applies to politics as to so much else. Over the weekend, George Osborne let it be known that he would like Boris Johnson to stand for Parliament in 2015, and [...]
One of the problems with having someone like George Osborne at or near the top of government is that politics gets treated as a game. Actually politics is about much more than being clever. Morality and duty come into it as well. It seems to have been Osborne (or more likely one of his ghastly, [...]
After reports that he was furious with George Osborne and David Cameron for trying to call his bluff by telling him to stand as a parliamentary candidate in 2015, Boris… Continue reading The post Boris insists he is ‘united’ with George Osborne appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Today's Mail on Sunday reports that a civil war has broken out between Boris Johnson and George Osborne over allegations that the Chancellor lied about encouraging the Mayor to return to Parliament. Supporters of Johnson claim that Osborne...Show More Summary
The fury of Boris over Osborne – the story that dominates Mail on Sunday front page pic.twitter.com/WTo5vm3731 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 2, 2014 You can get a bet on him at 15/1 Until now I’ve always discounted George Osborne as Cameron’s successor. He generally polls badly and has nothing of the charisma or presence […]
In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything. It is worth bearing this in mind when considering George Osborne’s ‘you can’t keep the pound’ speech and what has happened since. There… Continue reading The post How Osborne’s tactics drew Standard Life into the independence debate appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Sun’s report that pensioner benefits will be included in the overall cap on welfare spending highlights an interesting shift that this policy will cause. George Osborne will set out… Continue reading The post Changes to OAP benefits highlight a shift in attitude to welfare cuts appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
British finance minister George Osborne said Monday the EU stands ready to provide vital financial aid to Ukraine as the crisis-hit country moved to appoint a pro-Western interim leader after impeaching defiant president Viktor Yanukovych. Show More Summary
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has said publicly that G20 countries should be willing to part with taxpayer cash to assist the Ukranian revolutionaries rebuild their country. Speaking in Sydney after the G20 finance...Show More Summary
Ask any election strategist and they’ll tell you that momentum is everything. For the past 18 months, the No campaign has had all the momentum in the referendum debate. The Yes… Continue reading The post David Bowie, George Osborne and the PCS union have given Scottish nationalists momentum appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Credits: Getty Alt Text: George Osborne THE Treasury has given Scotland permission to issue up to £2.2bn on the international bond markets, but has warned that it is "unlikely to be a cost effective form of borrowing". The move will give the Holyrood administration an extra source of financing when it gets new borrowing powers in 2015. Show More Summary
Click here to follow ZeroHedge in Real-time on FinancialJuice It’s the same old story being told in the London housing market and it’s like a re-run of a boring series or some B movie starring George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister David Cameron. Show More Summary
The luvvies are out in force again this week, attacking George Osborne for refusing to sign up to the "Robin Hood Tax" – in reality, the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) that the European Union has been hawking around for the past five years. The above video starring Bill Nighy – it's always Bill Nighy, isn't [...]
A recording of a conversation between Alex Salmond and George Osborne has been leaked to The Spectator. An edited extract follows: Alex Salmond: Scotland and England are different countries. So different,… Continue reading The post Revealed: the Salmond-Osborne Tapes appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The pro-Union Better Together campaign undoubtedly took a risk when it decided to dynamite the SNP's currency union proposal last week. There is a danger that some undecided Scottish voters hear the warnings from George Osborne, Ed Balls, Danny Alexander and others that Scotland will not be able to keep the pound, with the Bank [...]
In all the brouhaha about whether Scotland will keep the pound if people vote Yes in the referendum - one important question has been glossed over. "Why didn't George Osborne, Ed Balls and Danny Alexander ask Nigel Farage to join their...Show More Summary
On his flying vista to Edinburgh the other day George Osborne, the chancellor, made the following statement in connection with the independence referendum: "If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the pound." Now the logic...Show More Summary