Help with fuel bills and cash for NHS are on the cards, but will the Autumn Statement offer other sweeteners? Briefing LAST UPDATED AT 08:30 ON Tue 3 Dec 2013 GEORGE OSBORNE will deliver the Autumn Statement on Thursday. But what isShow More Summary
George Osborne is planning to cut energy bills by slashing the one programme that helps the poor permanently to reduce the cost of heating their homes. This is likely to cause even more deaths among the 5.3 million British households in fuel poverty. In my Telegraph column this weekend I describe how this would be [...]
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. George Osborne?s autumn statement this Thursday could have been very different. The chancellor might even have been struggling to hang on to his job. A few months...
When George Osborne stands up next week to deliver the autumn statement, he’ll have some good news to deliver. Not only is autumn, the dreariest of the British seasons over,… Continue reading The post Will George Osborne play Santa next week? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
George Osborne can boast that the UK economy is growing and the deficit is diminishing. But the recovery is too typically reliant on house price inflation. The chancellor’s budget update should aim for radical change: getting finance to work for house building, not house bubbles.
Poor, dear, awkward George Osborne. Just when he seems to be doing things right — the economy, for instance — he gets something wrong. Very wrong. In the Spectator this… Continue reading The post Cui Bono? George Osborne’s video shame appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Last night David Cameron, George Osborne and Lynton Crosby held a meeting with the Conservative parliamentary party. Coffee House has exclusive details of what took place. There was a presentation… Continue reading The post Cameron, Osborne and Crosby grilled by backbenchers: exclusive details appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
There is still a great deal of heat and rather a little less light over George Osborne’s decision to ‘step in where government needs to step in’ and cap the… Continue reading The post Crap and courage of convictions: the political problem with Osborne’s payday loan plan appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
This is from the @TelePolitics Evening Briefing. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox DEAD HAND OF THE STATE George Osborne announced plans to change the law to cap the interest rates that payday lenders may charge borrowers. The announcement marks a U-turn from a Government that has rejected the rate cap since [...]
Osborne continues to rub Miliband's nose in Co-op cocaine scandal, despite warnings it could backfire Column The Mole LAST UPDATED AT 11:14 ON Mon 25 Nov 2013 GEORGE OSBORNE this morning ignored advice from fellow Conservatives to pull...Show More Summary
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's finance minister George Osborne ordered an independent inquiry into Co-op Bank on Friday, with regulators also considering enforcement action against the lender.
From this week’s Spectator, our cartoon editor Michael Heath offers his take on George Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme. Subscribe from just £1 a week here. The post Coffee Shots: Osborne’s stairway to heaven? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is looming on the horizon, and the Free Enterprise Group, the influential alliance of backbench Tory MPs, laid out its proposed economic reforms at the Institute… Continue reading The post Free Enterprise Group tells George Osborne: ‘Don’t play safe’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Picture the most Conservatives’ most avowed enemies. They think that when Nye Bevan said Tories were “lower than vermin”, he was being too generous. They believe that any Conservative or Conservative-led government will, as a matter of course, grind its boots into the faces of the humble while planting warm and loving kisses on the […]
One of my slightly odd recent pastimes is ghost-writing speeches for a Tory party I’m afraid of, but does not seem to exist. It’s like I’m auditioning for a job I really don’t want. I think I do this because … Continued
Yet another survey suggests that Britain is booming – this time, it’s from the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. They’re the guys who kept interest rates too low for… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s recovery (continued) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
From my Morning Briefing email: subscribe here It's good news that's preoccupying the Coalition today. The Bank of England's inflation report later will give us an idea of what Mark Carney expects for the economy, and how long, as the FT wonders, the good news will continue. The public may not be quite ready yet [...]
The energy debate is in stasis. Everything, it seems, hangs on the contents of the Autumn Statement. EDF has announced a price rise; bills will go up by an average 3.9 per… Continue reading The post Waiting for George Osborne appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
George Osborne said IDS wasn't clever enough: waste of millions of pounds suggests he was right Column The Mole LAST UPDATED AT 08:48 ON Thu 7 Nov 2013 A DAMNING report on the waste of at least £140 million on the government's Universal...Show More Summary
Things are being lined up nicely for George Osborne’s spending review next week (and fairly badly for Ed Balls). For the first time she he became Chancellor he will be… Continue reading The post Sorry, Ed. But Britain is now booming appeared first on Spectator Blogs.