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Sugar tax will raise money for primary school sports (but only if it doesn’t work) Wired, Wednesday 16th March 2016 A sugar tax will be levied on makers of sugary soft drinks, chancellor George Osborne has announced. The money raised … Continue reading

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MoD forced to make “efficiency savings” Telegraph, Friday 6th November 2015 Armed Forces personnel are to be denied automatic pay rises as George Osborne looks to make ‘efficiency savings’. Senior military figures are angry at the way in which the … Continue reading

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House of Lords getting ‘too big for its unelected boots’? The Guardian, Monday 26th October 2015 David Cameron is planning to set limits on the power of the House of Lords after George Osborne suffered a major blow to his … Continue reading

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Telegraph, Wednesday 14th October 2015 The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, tried to explain why he’d made a sudden U-turn on his economic policy – a mere fortnight after he promised Labour party conference that he would join George Osborne in … Continue reading

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Osborne angry about BBC’s Orwellian jibe The Times, Friday 5th December 2014 George Osborne rounded on a BBC journalist yesterday for suggesting that he was taking Britain back to 1930s deprivation depicted by George Orwell. In a tetchy interview with … Continue reading

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The art of fake surprise

One of the alarming aspects of last week’s demand that Britain must pay an additional £1.7 billion into EU funds was that no one apparently saw it coming. If a recalculation of gross national income has uncovered an underpayment by … Continue reading

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Crumbs of comfort

The chancellor failed to mention the word ‘manufacturing’ once during his Autumn Statement last Thursday. The main thrust of his speech was that the economy is on course for sustained growth. But he warned that the green shoots need careful … Continue reading

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Stop the runaway HS2 train!

The proposed high-speed rail project (HS2), to run initially from London to Birmingham (and later, further on to Leeds and Manchester), has built up a head of steam and is gaining almost unstoppable momentum. Yesterday, MPs backed the legislation by … Continue reading

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Giving is hurting

Intent on honouring a cross-party pledge of spending an arbitrary 0.7 per cent of our national income on international aid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that government funding for the Department for International Development (DfID) will grow by … Continue reading

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Help to Buy scheme: homebuyer boost or house price bubble? The Guardian, Friday 22 March 2013 Government claims the new Help to Buy scheme will open up homeownership to the masses, but critics warn it will create another housing bubble. … Continue reading

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