It felt more like a pre-election than a post-election one – and was shot through by a sense of the Chancellor’s political mortality.
Posts Tagged: Deficit
We’ve sifted through the Office for Budget Responsibility’s supplementary documents so that you don’t have to.
James Cartlidge: I will vote Remain because I believe in the sovereignty that matters most – that of economic strength
Do people find sovereignty in a Parliament they regrettably take little interest in – or in actual power and the pound in their pocket: their job; their standard of living?
Including: fan charts and Brexit, sofas and mergers.
In some ways, it’s too early to tell. But the question is worth probing because it matters.
Nadhim Zahawi MP: We send people to prison as punishment. We shouldn’t send them there to be punished.
Gove’s drive for better treatment and rehabilitation offers another opportunity for radical Conservative reform.
Our usual summary of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s supplementary data.
Liam Fox MP: A debased currency. Eroded earnings. Devalued savings. Today, the Chancellor must tackle this other security threat.
This spending review brings the moment when the need to live within our means and the protection of sacred cows clash head-to-head.
He has succeeded in boosting recovery, but failed to eliminate the deficit. Now he must prove his determination to fix that roof – whether the sun is shining or not.
The Institute for Government’s new guide reminds us that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat partnership helped to improve Britain for the better.
He cannot wave away the possibility, even the likelihood, of recession returning before 2020.
Matthew Sinclair: No 0.7 per cent target. The budget kept at current levels. Go for humanitarian help. A compromise on international aid.
I think a deal on development is actually possible. The two sides are not as far apart as they often seem.
Tory MPs would have forced changes to Osborne’s tax credit plan in any event. Are they really up for the tough decisions that deficit reduction requires?
Excessively loose monetary policy will eventually spark another financial crisis on a potentially more devastating scale.
Trying to move Britain from a dependency culture is horrifically difficult, and I cannot see how it can be done without some pain.