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George Osborne’s ex-dominatrix friend plans a sequel

Oh dear. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is not going to be pleased. Natalie Rowe, the former dominatrix who enjoyed a friendship with George Osborne in the early nineties, is… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s ex-dominatrix friend plans a sequel appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

London's 24-hour Tube services will now extend to most lines

The all-night weekend service planned for a handful of underground lines later this year will now extend to more of London's railway network, the Evening Standard reports. London Mayor Boris Johnson and Chancellor George Osborne announced the news this morning and say that the additions will add billions more to the economy. Show More Summary

NEW HALL FOR LONDON: IT'S REAL

Or so they say. According to the Evening Standard and some other papers, Chancellor George Osborne is giving his blessing to...a feasibility study to see if there really is a watertight case for a new world-class concert hall in the UK capital. Show More Summary

Making life easier for central bankers

This is from an excellent article at Free Exchange: THE Bank of England released its quarterly inflation report this morning. It also published the letter from Mark Carney, governor of the bank, to George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, that was required to explain why inflation—currently 0.5%—had deviated more than a percentage point below […]

Wrong target?

THE Bank of England released its quarterly inflation report this morning. It also published the letter from Mark Carney, governor of the bank, to George Osborne, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, that was required to explain why inflation—currently 0.5%—had deviated more than a percentage point below the bank's target of 2%. Show More Summary

Mortgage rates stand at record lows – so why won’t George Osborne boast about it?

Under George Osborne, borrowing costs have fallen to record lows – as data released by the Bank of England today shows. And this, rather than pretending that he has been helping… Continue reading The post Mortgage rates stand at record lows – so why won’t George Osborne boast about it? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The truth? Savers have been screwed under this government, and Osborne knows it

Even the evening BBC bulletins are leading with this morning’s announcement by George Osborne that he will extend his ‘pensioner bonds’ programme – a glorified way of giving pre-election bungs… Continue reading The post The truth? Savers have been screwed under this government, and Osborne knows it appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Osborne needs to be careful with that axe

My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. George Osborne has, in spite of everything, a pretty good story to tell on the budget deficit. The scale of the borrowing problem the coalition inherited...

74% of U.K. digital companies are based outside London, says new Tech Britain report

U.K. Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne have lent their backing to a new study by Tech City UK, called Tech Nation, designed to look at tech clusters around the whole country.

Osborne Dines Former Chancellors, See the Menu They Fought to Keep Secret for Half a Decade

Just before Christmas, back in December 2010, the chancellor George Osborne (pictured) sat down to a sumptuous lunch with his predecessors, including Lord Lawson of the climate denial charity the Global Warming Policy Foundation. AtShow More Summary

Tsipras Does Not Rule Out Russian Aid As UK Chancellor Calls Greece "Greatest Risk To Global Economy"

"It is clear that the stand-off between Greece and the eurozone is the greatest risk to the global economy," warns UK Chancellor George Osborne adding that he hopes Greece's new finance minister "acts responsibly," as Varoufakis toured Europe to discuss Greece's 'demands'. Show More Summary

Osborne uses meeting with Greek finance minister to tell people to vote Tory

Even though he wasn’t quite prepared in the sartorial stakes for the visit of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, George Osborne was ready to use the meeting between the two… Continue reading The post Osborne uses meeting with Greek finance minister to tell people to vote Tory appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Dave’s chillaxed approach to keeping fit

First it was George Osborne on the 5:2 diet, then the Prime Minister revealed he had ‘given up bread’ in an attempt to shed some pre-election pounds. Today, Cameron has… Continue reading The post Dave’s chillaxed approach to keeping fit appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Can George Osborne pass his own 13 tests?

Before George Osborne took to wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets, he used to revel in his status as a political insider. In 2004, he wrote a piece for The… Continue reading The post Can George Osborne pass his own 13 tests? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Chancellor Osborne Pledges More to Help North Sea Oil Industry

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said he’s likely to announce further steps to help Scotland’s North Sea oil and gas industry. The post Chancellor Osborne Pledges More to Help North Sea Oil Industry appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Major British Banks Say Bitcoin Is Risky And Could Help Terrorists

Major UK banks, including Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, have warned that Chancellor George Osborne's plan to turn Britain into a hub for the virtual currency trade could help terrorists and criminals. The warning came in a letter to the Treasury from the British Banker's Association (BBA), which represents the leading British banks. Show More Summary

Exposed! George Osborne’s secret plan to help people back to work.

We’ve spent plenty time on Coffee House challenging George Osborne’s more dubious claims (‘deficit halved!’, etc) as has much of the media. But happily, there now seems to be a truce.… Continue reading The post Exposed! George Osborne’s secret plan to help people back to work. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Oil Companies Are Begging The UK Government To Bail Them Out

Oil companies are lobbying Chancellor George Osborne to have North Sea taxes slashed from 80% to 30% as the oil price collapse puts production under threat. Since June last year the price of benchmark Brent crude oil has fallen overShow More Summary

Symmetric Inflation Target May Help Eurozone, U.K.’s Osborne Says

U.K. Treasury chief George Osborne is wading into a lively debate in monetary policy circles: Should central banks act as forcefully to combat inflation below their targets as they do when it surges above?

‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs

David Cameron and George Osborne addressed Tory MPs this evening. The meeting was to update the Tory parliamentary party on the economy and its place in the party’s election strategy.… Continue reading The post ‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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