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The Treasury has lost on RBS whether or not it sells up

One bizarre argument that has come up on Twitter and amongst the media recently is that George Osborne, in his ruthless free market zeal, is determined to privatise RBS, selling off some of the government’s stock now, despite this meaning the government will have lost money by rescuing the bank. According to these critics Osborne fails to […]

Harriet Harman blasts George Osborne for distasteful PMQs joke

When George Osborne covered for David Cameron at PMQs last month, it was seen as his chance to prove to his critics that he was prime ministerial material. Alas, his attempt at a joke… Continue reading The post Harriet Harman blasts George Osborne for distasteful PMQs joke appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator summer party, in pictures

With a Tory majority to celebrate, the Cabinet turned out in full force for this year’s Spectator summer party. As David Cameron and George Osborne caught up with their old head… Continue reading The post The Spectator summer party, in pictures appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ed Miliband makes a return to frontline politics

Ed Miliband was praised for his integrity by George Osborne after he returned to the Commons and gave a speech so soon after his election defeat. Although the Conservatives have been happy… Continue reading The post Ed Miliband makes a return to frontline politics appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UK Prepares for Worst as Greece Fails to Pay IMF - UK Treasury Chief

George Osborne called on Wednesday to prepare for the worst in protecting the UK economy as Greece failed to repay its debt to the International Monetary Fund.

Chancellor Osborne Vows to Protect UK Economy From Greek Crisis' Risks

The UK government will take all necessary measures to protect the country from the consequences of the Greek economic crisis, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Tuesday.

Cut tax rates at the bottom, not at the top

My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. There is more than a touch of déjà vu about George Osborne?s summer budget on July 8. In June 2010, when Osborne presented his first ?emergency?...

Saturday PS: 40p or bust?

LORD (Nigel) Lawson this week urged George Osborne to use his July 8 Budget to bring the top rate of tax down from 45p in the pound to 40p. A brief history of surtax: Lord Lawson cut the top rate...

Time for a 40% top rate

Lord Lawson has called for George Osborne to lower the top rate of income tax to 40% in his July budget.  It is a timely call that echoes former times.  When Nigel Lawson, as he then was, was preparing his 1988 budget, the ASI published research showing that if he lowered the top rate from […]

Creepy video superimposes British politician's head onto baby

LONDON — Why, Sky News? Why have you put these creepy images into our heads? See also: UK politicians David Cameron, George Osborne and Nigel Farage star in satirical rap In an effort to promote its coverage of the July 8 summer budget,...Show More Summary

Tax windfall puts Osborne on track

Surging tax receipts and a spending clampdown could see the British chancellor beat his deficit reduction targets this year. ||| London - Surging tax receipts and a spending clampdown could see Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, beat his deficit reduction targets by as much as £15bn this year. Show More Summary

UK Pledges to Go Ahead With Cuts Day After Huge Anti-Austerity Protests

The government of the United Kingdom, led by David Cameron, will proceed with unpopular welfare cuts amounting to 12 billion pounds (about $19.1 billion), Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said in an article published in the Sunday Times.

Tories Go It Alone On Shale Gas As Opposition Calls For Fracking Ban

Could the Conservative Party be the last man standing when it comes to promoting fracking in the UK ? This week, Chancellor George Osborne reaffirmed the party’s pro-shale agenda, urging Britain not to “turn its back” on shale gas and...Show More Summary

Are Surpluses Normal?

England’s Chancellor George Osborne took the Conservative Party’s claim to fiscal responsibility one step higher last week when he announced that they will enact a law which will require British governments to run surpluses “in normal times”: “in normal times, governments of the left as well as the right [...]

The Chancellor should unleash his inner self

As Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson made it a feature that in every one of his budgets he would simplify taxes and abolish at least one tax altogether.  George Osborne has been dealt a difficult hand, but has played it reasonably well, achieving the highest growth rate in Western Europe, and helping the UK […]

PMQs sketch: He lays roads. He decrees bridges. Is there anything George Osborne can’t do?

At last it happened. Benn led Labour. Hilary Benn, grandson of a hereditary peer, stood up at PMQs on behalf of the dispossessed. Gravitas was his chosen register. Radicalisation was… Continue reading The post PMQs sketch: He lays roads. He decrees bridges. Is there anything George Osborne can’t do? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Unemployment down again as the jobs miracle continues

Ahead of his PMQs debut, George Osborne is boosted by the news that unemployment is down again. As the chart above shows, the government’s jobs miracle continues with just over… Continue reading The post Unemployment down again as the jobs miracle continues appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne’s first PMQs is a reminder of how strong his leadership chances are

Knowing the date of the PM’s departure could be the key It’s a big day for George Osborne. Cameron is away so, as the First Secretary of State in the new Conservative Government, he will be taking PMQs for the very first time – a very clear statement of his position in the pecking order. […]

Cameron to Osborne?

The torch, it appears, is being passed: George Osborne is to cement his position to succeed David Cameron as Tory leader by standing in for him at Prime Minister’s Questions this week. The Chancellor will appear at the Despatch Box at midday on Wednesday, taking questions from MPs on any subject. [...]Show More Summary

Osborne’s audition

On Wednesday at Noon, George Osborne will rise to respond for the government at Prime Minister’s Questions. The symbolism of this moment won’t be lost on anyone on the Tory… Continue reading The post Osborne’s audition appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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