George Osborne

Sex, lies, dominatrixes and tax returns - the sorry state of British scandal

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The confected scandal around the Panama papers is part of a concerted and sinister attempt to change what counts as private

Hate tax havens? Try imagining a world without them

9 April 2016 9:00 am

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…

How is Britain going green? By shutting down industry

2 April 2016 9:00 am

A fortnight ago, the energy minister, Andrea Leadsom, declared grandly that Britain, alone in the world, would commit to a…

George Osborne still deserves praise for his Living Wage

2 April 2016 9:00 am

It was unfashionable of me to write in praise of George Osborne on Budget day. I did so, you may…

How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

The Tories' Easter rising: inside the great Conservative crack-up

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Months after a historic election victory, party unity is in pieces. What can Cameron do about it?

Portrait of the week

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Home In the Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, kept talking of the ‘next generation’. He outlined cuts…

Osborne’s Budget brings politics home again

19 March 2016 9:00 am

George Osborne used to tell his aides to prepare every budget as if it were their last: to throw in…

How George Osborne’s budget bolsters the case for leaving Europe

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Give thanks for George Osborne — and I don’t say that because I happen to be writing this column on…

Portrait of the week

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Home The Bank of England arranged for banks to be able to borrow as much money as they needed around…

George Osborne can still see off Boris Johnson. Here's how

12 March 2016 9:00 am

When George Osborne last stood up to deliver a budget, he had reached his post-election apotheosis. His economic (and political)…

Don’t believe the recession hype – or this commodities boom

12 March 2016 9:00 am

All in all, this is an odd moment for an outburst of high spirits: not from me — I’m as…

All the signs point to a new recession – a worse one

5 March 2016 9:00 am

All the signs have been pointing to a new recession – and we’re much less equipped to weather it than last time

Inside the Tories' EU dogfight

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Brexit campaign has only just started to demonstrate its strength

Emma Thompson’s wrong about the EU and cake

20 February 2016 9:00 am

At first glance, Emma Thompson’s intervention in the Brexit debate earlier this week didn’t make much sense. Asked at the…

Sorry, George: Britain’s economy is still a tale of two nations

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Upbeat or downbeat? I asked last month whether the mood where you live is energised by enterprise or demoralised by…

Portrait of the Week

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Home Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, prepared a paper on the four areas of concern between Britain…

George Osborne has made his own 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…

After the Black Friday flop, shops can get back to what they do best

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The high street flopperoo that was ‘Black Friday’ may have something to do with terrorism fears, or even the downturn…

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The spending cuts George Osborne flatly refused to make

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Autumn Statement on 25 November had long been circled in Downing Street diaries as the season’s defining political moment.…

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Osborne's ringfence cycle

28 November 2015 9:00 am

By now, George Osborne had hoped to have completed his austerity programme. Instead, he finds himself making what is, still,…

Portrait of the week

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, outlined four changes he sought in Britain’s membership of the EU. He wanted to…

A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Why the V&A needs Thatcher’s clothes

7 November 2015 9:00 am

It is good to learn that the current management of the V&A want to reverse their predecessors’ lack of interest…