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Ed Balls has vowed to increase the top tax rate for high earners to 50p

Mark Leftly: After 4G blow, is the luck running out for George?

Outlook Every time the Chancellor thinks he's found a pot of gold, he finds that the last lot have already looted it. In gold's case, of course, that's quite literally the case, Gordon Brown having sold off the bulk of the nation's precious metal near the bottom of the market over a decade ago.

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What's in a nickname, eh, Donkey?

Michael Gove was dismissive when asked in an interview with Jan Moir in the Daily Mail whether his alleged university nickname of “Donkey” – based on an unnamed anatomical oddity discovered in what the paper calls a “five-in-a-bed romp” – was true. “It wasn’t like some sort of Last Tango in Paris-type affair. I don’t recall being called Donkey, no,” he told the paper.

Mansion tax: It always seems to work out that taxing the rich is pointless, doesn’t it?

If this is the politics of envy, you can count me in

Pension industry gives a boost to infrastructure

The Government's widely questioned push to kickstart the economy though luring pension funds to cough up the cash to build new roads, waste facilities and prisons received a welcome boost today.

London Mayor Boris Johnson ambushed Nick Clegg's radio show

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London Mayor Boris Johnson ambushed Nick Clegg's radio show today urging him to get his Cabinet colleagues "out of their posh limos" and on to public transport.

Larry, Downing Street's ratcatcher, has yet to make his first kill

Being poor isn’t hard – skin the cat and make a cosy hat!

The Department for Making The Poor Poorer has been very busy recently

Esther McVey, the benefits minister, says rising earnings will help make up for cuts

100,000 more children to be plunged into poverty

That's the number from working families who will be affected by benefit cap, minister admits

Falling pound and VAT hit Safestore

The UK's biggest self-storage firm counted the cost of the Chancellor's Budget raid on the industry and a falling pound as it veered into the red.

Coalition 'will have increased taxes 300 times by 2015'

Taxes will have been increased almost 300 times by the coalition Government before its term of office ends in 2015, new research claimed today.

International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard (left) has some advice for the Chancellor George Osborne

Time for Plan B? Britain should ease austerity measures in Budget, IMF chief economist tells Osborne

Olivier Blanchard delivers 'time to take stock' message ahead of gloomy GDP figures expected tomorrow

More, deeper cuts ahead as economic woes mount

Cabinet ministers have been warned to prepare for further sweeping budget cuts extending to 2016 as new figures showed another leap in public sector borrowing.

Growth figures spark fears of a triple-dip Fears that UK faces a triple-dip recession

Performance in last quarter of 2012 suggests slower recovery than 1930s

UK's AAA credit rating 'still at risk'

Britain's prized AAA credit rating remains under “significant pressure”, the Fitch rating agency warned today.

Sir Mervyn King: The Governor of the Bank of England was warned in August 2007, a month before everyone else, that Northern Rock had serious problems, but did nothing to prevent the first run on a British bank in decades. He then 'panicked', according to angry MPs, yet stayed in his job and last year picked up a knighthood.

Bank of England boss Sir Mervyn King slates bank bonus tax move

Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King today said it would be “depressing” if bankers choose to defer their bonuses until after the introduction of the new 45p income tax rate.

Tories could enter next general election with 'transformation' manifesto

The Conservatives could go into the next general election with a plan to introduce regional benefits which would vary according to living costs around the country.

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