Hammond was right to postpone the date by which he aims to achieve a balanced budget. But whether or not Tory MPs really have the appetite for one is doubtful.
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The first piece in our mini-series on reducing the deficit explores ideas from addressing ‘grey welfare’ to closing Whitehall departments.
It’s always tempting for politicians to outsource important decisions. But it doesn’t work.
‘Socialism in the 21st Century’ could be a vote winner – the Opposition should pick up where Miliband left off.
Rory Stewart: Three reasons why we won Copeland. Theresa May, Trudy Harrison – and Labour’s long failure to deliver
After 75 years of the latter’s strategy, most people in Copeland faced a choice of either working for the nuclear industry or being without a job.
Problems that it may cause our nearest and closest neighbour would also be problems for us.
This offers May an historic opportunity.
Answering a question from Caroline Lucas, she says she has instructed Javid and Hammond to put protections in place.
Alex Morton: Here’s a radical but workable plan for the Budget. Trade off simplified tax reliefs for lower marginal rates.
He could commit to some tangible metrics – i.e: reducing the tax code in length by 25 per cent by 2019, or pledging to abolish three taxes in each budget.
The situation is volatile, but on balance it is more likely that Labour will hang on, and that Paul Nuttall will be the first victim of Thursday’s by-election.
Alistair Burt: It’s time for Remainers to accept the referendum result – and I say that as a pro-European
The correct response to its aftermath and to Blair’s speech is not to refight old battles, but to build a positive relationship with the Union from the outside.
Theresa May’s austere approach to news management is a plus for government – at least, so far. But it’s turning out to be a minus for her ministers.
By giving women the support they need to succeed companies can win the talent war and boost the British economy.
We should not only meet our spending minimum, but exceed it in order to maximise our vital strategic and tactical needs.
The harsh truth is that, nearly seven years into Conservative-led Government, we are still living beyond our means.