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Activists Want to Block a Statue of 'Sexual Weirdo' Gandhi Being Built in London

The existing statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Tavistock Square, London On a visit to India in July, UK chancellor George Osborne announced that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be erected in Parliament Square. You can criticize Osborne for...Show More Summary

Salmond finally works out how to wind up Darling

One of the many blows landed by Alex Salmond during last night’s debate centred on Alistair Darling’s criticism of the Office of Budget Responsibility, set up in 2010 by George Osborne… Continue reading The post Salmond finally works out how to wind up Darling appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Business: Wednesday August 20 2014

Company news, markets and financial talking points, available from 8am Monday to Friday MPS TO QUIZ CARNEY ON ‘OSBORNE PACT’ Mark Carney is set to be quizzed by MPs next month over allegations that he has a secret pact with George Osborne to keep interest rates on hold until after the general election. Show More Summary

Why positive poll ratings on economic competence might not be enough for the Tories

The FT's Janan Ganesh — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) August 15, 2014 The Janan Ganesh comment that goes right to the heart of GE2015 In the run up to the May elections the George Osborne biographer and FT columnist wrote the following which goes right to the heart of the Tory challenge on economic policy. […]

If you want a lesson in how not to run an economy, take the Eurostar

For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in… Continue reading The post If you want a lesson in how not to run an economy, take the Eurostar appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Britain could legitimize Bitcoin through regulation

It’s been a good week for Bitcoin. In addition to Blocksign’s Bitcoin-based electric signature launch on Tuesday, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne is signaling that the UK wants to regulate Bitcoin, or virtual currency systems like it, as legal, digital cash, reports the Daily Mail. Britain’s top financial cabinet minister George Osborne spoke […]

The nine lives of Freya, the Chancellor’s cat

News just in that George Osborne’s cat, Freya, was hit by a car outside Downing Street last night, and is currently at the vets. Freya is famous for her love of hunting… Continue reading The post The nine lives of Freya, the Chancellor’s cat appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

An inconvenient fact for Boris backers is that more people tell pollsters they’ll support him than actually give him their vote

Why we should be sceptical about all Boris polling For those like me who love watching political battles the ongoing tussle for the Tory leadership between Boris Johnson and George Osborne will be a pleasure to behold. Both have their strong points and both, it is said, have set their hearts on being Dave’s successor. […]

UK Chancellor wants to turn London into the Bitcoin capital of the world

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury in the United Kingdom, has commissioned the Treasury to launch a program that will scrutinize the potential risks and benefits of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. The … Continue reading ?

The UK wants to be a world leader in financial tech and virtual currencies

Chancellor George Osborne said at an event in London today that he wants the UK to be at the pinnacle of financial technology (FinTech) and virtual currency developments. The UK capital is well known for being one of the world’s financial...Show More Summary

Team Boris vs Team Osborne — the first skirmish

Today was set to be a boring day in Westminster. Sajid Javid, a courtier to George Osborne, was billed to give (yet another) speech about how the economy is going… Continue reading The post Team Boris vs Team Osborne — the first skirmish appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Osborne’s choice: important projects or welfare

George Osborne can’t quite help himself. Today he’s continuing his Northern charm offensive, which has been impressively choreographed. He gave a speech back in June in which he said he… Continue reading The post Osborne’s choice: important projects or welfare appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne’s taxing dilemma

Some of what David Smith, author of the essential Economic Outlook column in the Sunday Times, says today will be salve to George Osborne: ‘…the government intended to spend £722bn… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s taxing dilemma appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Resurgent George Osborne and the struggle for the Tory party

From The Sunday Telegraph The auctioning of the right to play David Cameron and Boris Johnson at tennis, sold for an eye-watering £160,000 at a recent Tory party fundraiser, demonstrates that Dave vs Boris is still – for now – the Conservative contest that people will pay to see. And no wonder. A permanent state [...]

It's George Osborne's moment – but don't pop the corks just yet

From the Morning Briefing: subscribe here "UK has fastest-growing economy" is our splash. "Britain's recovery outstrips the world" is the Times' front page. "Grow for it", cheers page 2 of the Sun. "Boost for Osborne as IMF uprates growth", says the Guardian. The IMF has raised its growth forecasts for the second time this year; [...]

UK Chancellor Mentions Hi-Tech Tax Breaks on Bibby Offshore Visit

Bibby Offshore, subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, says it has hosted a visit by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Company’s workshop,

George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

listen to ‘Osborne: Russia sanctions would be an ‘economic hit’ for the UK’ on Audioboo George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cabinet reshuffle: So much for chillaxing. David Cameron is taking control of his Government

One of the last lessons of the reshuffle is about power. Power over the machinery of Government. Power that is increasingly concentrated in the centre, in the hands of David Cameron and his team, a team that includes George Osborne. Michael Gove’s removal is a case in point. His replacement, Nicky Morgan, will follow instructions [...]

Cabinet Reshuffle: Operation "Hide Michael Gove"

I wrote yesterday that the reshuffle would bear the imprint of Lynton Crosby just as much of that of George Osborne – and how! David Cameron's demotion of Michael Gove dominates today's papers. For all Mr Gove's success at the DfE, and his closeness to the Chancellor, his tendency to pick fights and his toxic [...]

Cabinet reshuffle: William Hague's departure is a sign that the Tories are becoming more Eurosceptic

There is a photograph of David Cameron, George Osborne and William Hague. Taken on the morning after the 2010 election, it shows the three men exhausted but elated, arms around each other's shoulders. All three men cherish their copy of that picture, which tells you all you need to know about Mr Hague's central role [...]

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