Philip Hammond

Why Boris Johnson needs an election to deliver Brexit

14 August 2019 11:11 pm

What more-or-less all Tory MPs seem to have missed is that Philip Hammond, the ex-chancellor who has become the anti-no-deal…

Could a global recession be around the corner?

8 June 2019 9:00 am

How can a new incumbent of No. 10 survive without a majority and with Brexit to solve? It defies the imagination.…

In an era of illusion and fantasy, let the wine do the talking

8 June 2019 9:00 am

We had all said everything there was to say about Brexit a hundred times over. So the conversation took different…

Has Philip Hammond saved the high street? No – but every little helps

3 November 2018 9:00 am

How much did Philip Hammond’s giveaway Budget help dying town centres? Not enough, say campaigners, but let’s give the Chancellor…

What is the point of Philip Hammond?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

What is the point of Philip Hammond? Most chancellors have an agenda, but it’s hard to discern any purpose or…

Can Hammond’s Budget make business feel better about Brexit?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Uncertainty is draining investment from the UK, with Brexit having a negative impact on eight in ten businesses,’ says Carolyn…

Will Theresa May risk putting her Brexit rebels on the spot?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Before every Budget, George Osborne would tell his aides to prepare for it as if it were their last. His…

Portrait of the week: Sergei Skripal, Dame Louise Casey, Philip Hammond’s spring statement

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told the Commons that the chemical that put in hospital Sergei Skripal, a Russian…

A £50 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ is a price worth paying

2 December 2017 9:00 am

There will be howls of outrage in some quarters if it is confirmed that the government has offered the EU…

A sensible Budget and stronger banks – what could go wrong?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

One week you’re fighting to survive the dance-off amid vicious backstage rivalries, the next you’re scoring a perfect ten from…

Dear Chancellor, we can’t make the bricks to build your homes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The Chancellor sounded purposeful when he declared that he’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ to boost the rate of housebuilding —…

The Tories urgently need a boost from Philip Hammond’s Budget

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The Budget this Wednesday represents this government’s best, and perhaps its last, chance to regain the political initiative. Ever since…

Does Theresa May’s zombie government even want to survive?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Dealing with a hung parliament was never going to be easy, but no one quite foresaw the decay which now…

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Hammond can build his way out of trouble

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes in life the biggest risk you can take is to play it safe. This is the predicament of Philip…

The plots thicken

14 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Worst week ever’ is one of those phrases that journalists are, perhaps, too quick to use. Alastair Campbell once quipped…

May’s exit strategy

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Nearly all Tory MPs now agree Theresa May should stay on as Prime Minister. She must get the party through…

Portrait of the week

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Home Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, appeared to wrest control of plans for Brexit from cabinet rivals, while…

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

Is Theresa May gearing up to lead the EU No campaign?

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Who is the most politically interesting member of David Cameron’s cabinet? There’s a good case to be made for Michael…

Britain should not mistake its allies for friends

17 October 2015 8:00 am

It would be hard to dream up a more absurd piece of political satire than an agency of the British…

Portrait of the week

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Home Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said that ‘a huge burden of responsibility’ lay with those who acted as apologists…

How HS2 has blighted my parents’ lives

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Waiting to appear before a Commons select committee, my father turned to me. ‘This was not on my bucket list,’…

Portrait of the week

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, resisted calls for Parliament to be recalled to debate the crisis in Iraq. Philip Hammond,…

Max Hastings’ diary: I love the British Army (but not the Blackadder version of it)

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The looming centenary of the outbreak of the first world war offers an opportunity to break away from the Blackadder/Oh!…