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Aristocrats, champagne and a Rolex: George Osborne’s 21st birthday bash

Although Tatler received a boost to its readership following the BBC’s ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the magazine, for some ‘posh people’ the society bible has long been… Continue reading The post Aristocrats, champagne and a Rolex: George Osborne’s 21st birthday bash appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UK Film Tax Credit Increase Approved, Will Backdate To April

With the UK's studios already packed to the rafters, it's a good thing that more soundstages are being built as the already lucrative film tax break is being increased. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today announced thatShow More Summary

Nationwide is taking a £10 billion mortgage hit

UK building society Nationwide just warned that it's going to take a £10 billion ($15.5 billion) hit on mortgage lending due to the government's new tax on bank profits, introduced in July's budget. Chancellor George Osborne cut theShow More Summary

Are government departments preparing to close down?

Government departments have started to prepare their staff for job losses ahead of this autumn’s spending review, Coffee House has learned. George Osborne wants ministers to cut as much as… Continue reading The post Are government departments preparing to close down? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

This British politician's video is so awkward it had to become a meme

LONDON – Campaign videos, whether they're for political parties or individual politicians, are always a tricky one to get right. See also: Someone really needs to have a quiet word with George Osborne about his tweets They're constantly...Show More Summary

Anti- austerity arguments are not limited to Sinn Fein, but a proper debate about the real impact of cuts is needed.

2 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Anxiety and anger over budget plans including welfare cuts continue on both sides of the water. Amid the attacks on George Osborne for “ Tory austerity” in his  plans to cut public  spending  by a further £20 billion or 40% for unprotected  areas, a rough comparison of public spending as a share of GDP  suggests more...

Living Wage

George Osborne is coming in for lots of flak recently (from the Labour party in particular) for hijacking the concept of a 'living wage' which the chancellor used to great effect in his latest budget. The Resolution Foundation whichShow More Summary

The Osborne Powerhouse is paying off: Chancellor soars ahead of other leadership rivals

George Osborne is having a good summer. He got in first with wooing the new intake of Tory MPs, to the extent that many of them seem slightly besotted with… Continue reading The post The Osborne Powerhouse is paying off: Chancellor soars ahead of other leadership rivals appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

RBS In £2bn Stake Sale As Goodwin Remains On 'The Hook' Over Disastrous £12bn Rights

With Chancellor George Osborne announcing the start of Britain’s largest ever privatisation through the sale of around £2 billion (c.US$3.1bn) worth of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) - just under a 5.2% stake - one wonders why offload 600m shares in the UK bank at a loss amounting [...]

Short-Changed: UK Chancellor Called to Justify Govt Sale of RBS

UK Chancellor George Osborne has defended his decision to initiate the sell-off of the British government's stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), after being accused of short-changing the public for selling shares at a price below their purchase value.

It's ridiculous to attack George Osborne for making a loss on the RBS privatisation

The British government has just started selling off its stake in RBS — a bank that was effectively nationalised during the financial crisis. A 5.4% stake was sold at 330p per share, raising about £2 billion ($3.12 billion), and cutting the government's holding to 72.9% of RBS shares in total. Show More Summary

Breaking: Tory leadership contest underway

Water cannons at the ready: the Tory leadership contest is officially underway. How does Mr S know this? Well, in a clear sign that George Osborne means business, he has… Continue reading The post Breaking: Tory leadership contest underway appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Next Chancellor after Osborne betting

The next Chancellor of the Exchequer market that Ladbrokes have is a hard market to assess. There’s two major known unknowns, will David Cameron stand down in this parliament (potentially to maximise George Osborne’s chances of succeeding him) or will the result of the next election be the trigger for the Osborne’s successor? Sajid Javid […]

Podcast: the Osborne supremacy and why Labour’s grassroots don’t matter

George Osborne reigns supreme over Westminster — how did he end up with all this power? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Isabel Hardman discusses our cover piece on the Chancellor’s… Continue reading The post Podcast: the Osborne supremacy and why Labour’s grassroots don’t matter appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne hires Economist journalist to chair Council of Economic Advisers

George Osborne has recruited Richard Davies, The Economist’s economics editor, to replace Rupert Harrison as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Coffee House understands. This position is essentially the Chancellor’s top… Continue reading The post George Osborne hires Economist journalist to chair Council of Economic Advisers appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UK Chancellor - Britain Would Prefer Economic, Trading Relationship With EU

British Chancellor George Osborne has raised the prospect of loosening the UK's political ties with the European Union, saying that the country should focus primarily on having a trading relationship with the bloc.

George Osborne: Britain must work with France to build a trade relationship with the EU

George Osborne has revealed the aim of Britain’s EU renegotiation: to move our relationship back towards a trading partnership. The Chancellor has told the Daily Telegraph he would like to see a paired… Continue reading The post George Osborne: Britain must work with France to build a trade relationship with the EU appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of workers. Is that conservative?

George Osborne’s Budget plan to raise the minimum wage to £9.35 for over-25s was a surprise – which means it has not yet been much scrutinised. Ed Miliband’s £8 by… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of workers. Is that conservative? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UK Finance Chief to Go to Paris Sunday to Get Support for EU Reforms

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will fly to Paris on Sunday as part of his European tour to strengthen Britain’s bid to reform the European Union, local media reported.

Cuts: the big bad wolf's howl is worse than his bite

My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. Sometimes I think that when George Osborne looks in the mirror each morning, he thinks: ?Now how can I put the wind up the Labour party...

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