The Autumn (non-) Statement: Why have there been so few howls of outrage in response?

Probably because there are very few people around with the economic expertise to know that outrage is the proper way to respond. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement – his first real contribution to UK politics as Chancellor of the Exchequer – was a long admission that the Conservative Party has ruined the country, hidden behind an attempt to blame it all on Brexit. No, Philip; your party’s policies are responsible. So it seems the UK is going to have to borrow an extra £59 billion – just to cover the cost to…

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More mistakes in the script? Correcting Cameron’s New Year speech

David Cameron’s New Year message – what a disgrace! Standing uncomfortably in an empty factory (one presumes the workers were all on part-time contracts to save bosses money in holiday pay and national insurance), the comedy Prime Minister looked nervous as he reeled off a list of statements the Conservative Party wants the proles to believe, going into 2014. What a shame his words were so easy to debunk. If you can bear to hear it, play the video (above). I did, and wrote the following response in real time…

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The State of Osborne: a visitor’s guide

If anybody else had prattled on for 50 minutes while hardly uttering a single sensible word, they would have been consigned to a mental hospital forthwith. But this is Coalition Britain, and the speaker was George Osborne, the man who likes to tell us all that he is in charge of the nation’s finances. Thanks to his government’s Department for Work and Pensions, nobody is allowed to have mental illnesses anymore; after this speech, it seems likely we all have an idea about the reason for that. A 50-minute speech…

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Cameron’s speech: The false claims of a failing politician

Was that really it? After the barrage of new policy plans from the Labour Party last week, David Cameron’s big revelation, at the end of the most disappointing Conservative conference since – well – the last one, is a hint that the Tories want to take benefits away from anyone under 25 who isn’t in work or education, if they win in 2015? More repression, then. In a speech that we’re asked to believe is about making the UK a land of opportunity, of aspiration? A “land of hope and Tory”?…

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