Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”
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Friday 21 December 2012
It's important for politicians to project an image of bonhomie
Thursday 20 December 2012
It's a risky thing to set a target price for an auction as the Government has done with the sale of bandwidth for 4G mobile phone broadband services.
Sunday 16 December 2012
This year was a long time in politics
Monday 10 December 2012
PM told a Westminster lunch he was in favour of the debates in principle, but felt that in 2010 they sucked the life out of the rest of the campaign
Sunday 09 December 2012
The arrival of a virulent new strain of Clostridium difficile in Britain in the early 2000s caused a medical and political firestorm, led to hundreds of deaths and claimed the scalps of several NHS trust chief executives.
Thursday 06 December 2012
This behaviour shames the home of our democracy
Monday 26 November 2012
At the start the new Governor will have Number 10 on side, writes Sean O’Grady
Wednesday 21 November 2012
Outlook It's not only his Banking Commission that's causing Mr Osborne an unexpected migraine. Yesterday's public sector borrowing figures added weight to the view that he's more likely to persuade members of the commission to lie down and have their tummies tickled than he is to meet his public sector borrowing targets.
Sunday 18 November 2012
Thursday 01 November 2012
The Government’s migration cap is a “big barrier to growth”, Britain’s former top civil servant has said.
Monday 29 October 2012
Former PM puts case for job he is said to have wanted in the past
Don't mention green shoots! Figures will show recession is over but ministers told not to get ahead of themselves
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Ministers have been ordered not to refer to "green shoots" tomorrow when they respond to official figures showing that Britain has emerged from its double-dip recession.
Monday 01 October 2012
Shadow Chancellor wants 100,000 new homes using 4G windfall
Monday 01 October 2012
Labour will today propose a £2.5bn plan to build 100,000 homes in order to kick-start the economy, arguing that the move should take priority over paying off the deficit.
Friday 31 August 2012
The advertising giant WPP has confirmed it is moving its tax base from Ireland back to the UK in a long-awaited decision that will be a boost for the Chancellor, George Osborne.
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke
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