Browsing All posts tagged under »George Osborne«

Economic gloom spells trouble for Tories

November 30, 2011


One could almost feel sorry for George Osborne as he faced the House of Commons to deliver his bleak autumn statement, knowing he was about to paint a dismal picture of the British economy and undermine his own claims of competency in handling its problems. That is, if one was able to forget that he […]

A Tale of Two Eds

September 26, 2011


Have the shadow chancellor and the leader of the opposition agreed on a ‘good cop, bad cop’ policy for this year’s Labour Party conference in Liverpool? For while Ed Miliband faced criticism from all sides for his backtracking on tuition fees, a climbdown that followed quick on the heels of similar betrayals and U-turns on […]

Day finally dawns for Balls

January 20, 2011


Ed Balls has had to wait a long time to be given Labour’s economic brief. At points during Gordon Brown’s premiership, it looked as if Brown would turn to his old friend to replace Alistair Darling as Chancellor. In the end, Brown was too weak to force through such a move. After a good showing […]

A happy coalition christmas

December 23, 2010


In September, I asked on these pages whether Vince Cable was the most likely senior Lib Dem to fall foul of the coalition government and move to the backbenches, or even defect to Labour. In some respects, those questions have proved to be important ones, given Cable’s recent infidelities in declaring that he would be […]

Coalition divided

September 29, 2010


David Miliband’s retirement from frontline politics was always going to dominate the news agenda once it was announced, and given the day the coalition government had been having up until that point you could forgive Cameron and co for being mighty relieved that the spotlight was off them at a moment when divisions within it […]

‘Red’ Ed and the long road back

September 25, 2010


At long last, Labour have a new leader. Ed Miliband, who at the start of the lengthy leadership campaign was seen as the underdog to his older brother David, today begins life as the official leader of the opposition. We all knew it would be a Miliband leading the Labour Party during the remainder of […]

Cable out on a limb

September 22, 2010


There is no doubting that Vince Cable, the business secretary, is right to attack excessive bank bonuses and the “spivs and gamblers” that receive them. The major economic mouthpiece of the Liberal Democrats, such views and the forthright manner in which he has expressed were commonplace in opposition and earned Cable a reputation as one […]