Autumn statement: George is jubilant, Ed blusters and Danny breathes a sigh of relief

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

“A lot done, a lot left to do.” It’s the slogan that adorns many re-election campaigns and it’s the one George Osborne adopted in his autumn statement today. He was cautiously jubilant. Growth has returned with the OBR seemingly struggling to get its forecasts to keep up. Borrowing will fall – slower than the Chancellor […]

My recommended reading for today December 5, 2013

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… The Autumn Statement and the unreal economic debate in which everyone pretends the Coalition stuck to ‘Plan A’ Me @libdemvoice on the unreality of the economic debate http://bit.ly/1cZTCxE (feats @jdportes, @TimMontgomerie, @OborneTweets) (…)

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The Autumn Statement and the unreal economic debate in which everyone pretends the Coalition stuck to ‘Plan A’

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

It’s autumn statement day. George Osborne will stand at the despatch box of the House of Commons this afternoon and present his pre-budget report. The Guardian’s Martin Kettle sums up what it’s all about: For the Conservatives, today is about redefining themselves – in the face of a run of seriously disappointing polls – as […]

The Autumn Statement and the unreal economic debate in which everyone pretends the Coalition stuck to ‘Plan A’

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

It’s autumn statement day. George Osborne will stand at the despatch box of the House of Commons this afternoon and present his pre-budget report. The Guardian’s Martin Kettle sums up what it’s all about: For the Conservatives, today is about redefining themselves – in the face of a run of seriously disappointing polls – as […]