Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic
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Friday 27 May 2011
Outlook One of the mantras of George Osborne in insisting on seeing through his deficit reduction plan is that it commands enormous support internationally. Well, it has not been the best 48 hours for that argument. First the President of the United States pointedly turned down the invitation to publicly endorse the Chancellor's economic experiment. Then the OECD – hardly known for its wishy-washy liberal views on borrowing – suggested Mr Osborne might have no choice but to slow down.
Saturday 21 May 2011
Politicians have failed to prepare the public for the scale of the impending squeeze on living standards, Business Secretary Vince Cable has admitted.
Sunday 01 May 2011
At big moments it's not unusual to get a little nostalgic and look for parallels with the past.
Thursday 28 April 2011
That may be the end of the PM's lordly ease at the dispatch box. It was a lovely act while it lasted. Week by week we had an exhibition from another era as Cameron showed us the upper-class skill of manners being the art of making other people feel uncomfortable.
Wednesday 06 April 2011
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says that taxpayers will be in for a shock when they get their next payslip.
Saturday 02 April 2011
William Hague endured heavy criticism when the Foreign Office was slow to lay on aircraft to take British citizens out of Libya, so he must be keen that the costs of other airlifts out of crisis zones are not subjected to too much scrutiny.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says the Budget will hurt families and fuel prices will rise with VAT.
Wednesday 23 March 2011
The media game these days is to take Ed Balls seriously, and respectfully report his economic ideas. It's harder to keep a straight face as time goes on, but the interviewers don't care – they're doing it to destabilise his struggling leader, Ed Miliband.
Tuesday 22 March 2011
Sunday 20 March 2011
With the world in turmoil, global oil prices surging and the British economy faltering there is still time for George Osborne to pause before the Budget and ask himself: "Am I getting this right?"
Monday 07 March 2011
David Cameron declared yesterday that enterprise was morally right and defended his controversial campaign to sell British-made arms to regimes around the world with poor records on democracy and human rights.
Sunday 27 February 2011
Ed Balls has called on the Government to reverse soaring fuel prices by abolishing the recent VAT rise in petrol.
Friday 18 February 2011
It probably wasn't solely to annoy Polly that they held their poverty presser in Toynbee Hall but it must have been an incidental pleasure. Iain Duncan Smith and David Cameron announced the Tory welfare plan in that Edwardian palace of civic goodwill and self-improvement. I'm not sneering at either mind you, that's a trick you find on the professional left. But the venue was iconic, and part of the message-sending thing they enjoy doing – like Ed Balls eating the Kleinwort Benson canapes.
Thursday 17 February 2011
Ed Miliband may have ditched the New Labour label but he is finding it harder to drop the control-freak tendency which was admired and then discredited during the Blair/Brown era.
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
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