Philip Hammond’s Mansion House speech was long on coded warnings, and short on optimism.
Uproar from businesses in the South East disguises a complex picture with the financial crisis at its heart.
All smiles at 11 Downing Street.
Philip Hammond delivers his last Spring Budget on the state of the UK economy. Our panel of experts dissect what it says.
Getting his sums right?
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Recent history shows us why we should take the latest healthy forecasts with a pinch of salt.
The Conservatives may be willing to sacrifice what’s left of the UK’s beleaguered social model to maintain the City’s global status.
A zero rate for business could actually be a progressive move and would reflect the anti-bureaucratic spirit of Brexit.
Reading straight from Ed Balls’ playbook.
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Hammond has taken an oddly similar stance to former shadow chancellor Ed Balls: running a deficit and boosting infrastructure spending.
One more thing before you fall asleep.
The truth is, George Osborne's ideology still rules, even after deficit chasing is abandoned.
Arguments about reducing the tax burden of companies tend to get associated with rabid neoliberals. Here's why they needn't be.
London’s trading strength has evolved from dockyard cranes to high finance.
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As the budget deficit fades from political view, anxiety shifts to the much wider current account deficit. It may signal UK dynamism, but neither financing nor closing it look easy after Brexit.
The chips are down.
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SoftBank's US$32 billion deal for the Cambridge company makes use of the weak pound and may presage more to come.
That’s no Sturgeon .
The two women at the top of UK politics could be heading for a disagreement.
The choices made on day one can reveal a lot about what a new Prime Minister has in store for the country.
Headed for number 11.
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How the new chancellor must do to mitigate the economic effects of Brexit.
He’s going to need some backup.
Top dogs held over, old debts repaid, Boris pending – Cameron's fantasy cabinet covers all the bases.
Are Britain and Germany going in the same direction?
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The Conservatives argue that the rest of Europe wants reform too. Is this true?
I used to rule the world…
The coalition has presided over a muddled and reactionary foreign policy, and has done little to strengthen Britain's independent voice in the world.
Have we seen the back of William Hague?
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David Cameron apparently doesn’t like reshuffles; “chillaxing” Dave prefers, so we are told, to leave people to get on with the job. So why such an apparently drastic overhaul of (the Conservative part…
Don’t believe the hawks.
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Former British Vice Admiral John McAnally entered into the Scottish constitutional debate the other day by warning of the “dire” defence implications for Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom should…