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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 [...]

Who is Robert Peston’s ‘senior government source’?

Earlier this year, a ‘government source’ floated the idea that Sebastian Coe could well be appointed the next chairman of the BBC Trust. It’s no secret that George Osborne and… Continue reading The post Who is Robert Peston’s ‘senior government source’? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Right Answer

John Rentoul has an interesting take on the practice of modern politics and how sometimes the right answer is to dodge the question, as the Chancellor, George Osborne, did recently when asked: "What is seven times eight?". What is seven...Show More Summary

Ignore the guff: the Parliament Square Gandhi is diplomacy-by-statue and moral posturing

When I heard George Osborne this morning explaining gravely that a statue of Gandhi would be erected in Parliament Square because “As the father of the largest democracy in the world, it’s time for Gandhi to take his place in front of the mother of Parliaments,” I fear I laughed. And having been a civil [...]

The UK Chancellor’s Math Muddle

3 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

George Osborne, Britain’s top finance minister, declined to answer an easy math question from a 7-year-old. Then there was his missing hamster. Suddenly, it was like an episode of ‘Veep.’

Labour’s infrastructure plans are good enough for George Osborne to steal

In some countries, infrastructure planning can be exciting. Two years ago, I was watching a group of Dutch civil servants gleefully manoeuvring a DeLorean sports car around a conference hall,… Continue reading The post Labour’s infrastructure plans are good enough for George Osborne to steal appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UK Chancellor Refuses to Do Simple Sum when Asked by Children

George Osborne may be credited with leading Britain to a great economic comeback, but he is still not above refusing to do his times table, according to the Daily Mail. The Chancellor of the Exchequer told a group of school childrenShow More Summary

George Osborne's Moral Mission - to Revolutionise Britain's Tax System - Starts Here

Details of the government’s “grand plan” to merge National Insurance (NI) and Income Tax were briefed out this weekend. Yesterday, Downing Street played down the speculation, with the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson telling journalists the reports were “entirely news to them”. Show More Summary

The speech that revealed what George Osborne believes

It is a risky business for any serving Cabinet Minister to give a big picture political speech setting out their personal philosophy. It is all too easy for such a… Continue reading The post The speech that revealed what George Osborne believes appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Osborne's northern powerhouse pledge

George Osborne has spoken about creating a northern powerhouse in the region's towns and cities. At the heart of that was the idea of a new HS3 high speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester. But where do the Chancellor's plans leave...Show More Summary

New Isas: What are they and how do they work?

Credits: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Alt Text: Pounds and notes Next month Nisas will replace Isas, meaning new rules for the tax-free savings accounts Personal Finance Friday, June 27, 2014 - 2:16pm In March, George Osborne announced the...Show More Summary

Why I’m all for George Osborne’s cynical pitch for Northern votes

When John Prescott used to wax garrulous about a ‘superhighway’ from Hull to Liverpool, everyone assumed it was a wheeze to spray southern taxpayers’ money across the region he saw… Continue reading The post Why I’m all for George Osborne’s cynical pitch for Northern votes appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Discussing George Osborne’s chances for the Conservative leadership

Just picked up this short Spectator discussion on George Osborne’s chances of becoming next CON leader and how he might go about it. There are some interesting ideas here and certainly the view from the Speccie team is that Osbo is in with a serious shout. The idea being developed is that post-election Osborne would […]

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