News Ed Balls denied the claim that he would go beyond a 50p top tax rate

Ed Balls could consider increasing the top rate of tax to 55p or even 60p if he became Chancellor, former Trade minister Digby Jones claimed today.

George Osborne won't borrow to cut tax

Chancellor George Osborne insisted today he will not borrow money to pay for tax cuts.

George Osborne, at the Thameslink project at Blackfriars station in London yesterday, described the growth figures as 'positive'

Zero growth and job losses blow Osborne's deficit plans off course

Government borrowing is expected to rocket to levels higher than would have been seen under Labour, despite George Osborne's deep spending cuts.

The Sketch: High-pitched Cameron flustered by Labour's farmyard noises

Yesterday I worried the Sketch was a bit lofty about the House of Commons' economic debate. The Labour front bench was arguing in sign language, the signs were rude, and the Sketch shuddered, perhaps a little delicately. The signs got ruder yesterday, if Tory reports are true.

Simon Carr: Our smug Chancellor finds the currency crisis rickly amusing

George Osborne was so relaxed, so smiley; even the subcutaneous sneer had sunk out of sight.

Osborne will change course, says Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling today claims that George Osborne will inevitably have to change course to stimulate Britain's economy.

Simon Carr: He's betting on tax cuts, but my money is on yet another war

Sketch: Balls is putting all his chips on red and letting the wheel spin. It's not casino banking but casino politics

Alistair Darling reveals Labour crises row

The last Labour government failed to "come through" the financial crisis politically because of profound disagreements at "the very top", former chancellor Alistair Darling said today.

John Rentoul: Why did nobody stop Gordon Brown?

Another memoir from a former member of Brown's government adds brushstroke detail and depth to his monster status

So arrogant and stupid they might bring us all down: Darling's verdict on Britain's bankers

Alistair Darling feared the bank chiefs at the heart of the financial crisis were "so arrogant and stupid that they might bring us all down".

Leading article: The former Chancellor's critique still applies

Arrogance and stupidity are not confined to a particular tricky moment in the banking sector

Ed Balls fears Alistair Darling memoirs damage

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has acknowledged that Alistair Darling's memoir of life in 11 Downing Street has handed the Conservatives an opportunity to divert attention from the economic difficulties facing the UK.

The Darling version: King and Balls savaged by ex-chancellor

Alistair Darling confirms that Gordon Brown tried to prise him out of the Treasury in 2009 to put Ed Balls in his place

Alistair Darling to expose 'volcanic' Gordon Brown

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling will lift the lid on Gordon Brown's increasingly "brutal and volcanic" demeanour when his memoirs are published next week, according to a Labour-supporting blog.

Leading article: A lever that the Chancellor would be unwise to pull

However it is dressed up, a tax cut for the wealthy is still a tax cut for the wealthy
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