In a hyper-democracy the headlines are always hot.
The out-of-the-blue move to a living wage in the UK exemplifies the ditching of methodical public policy processes for manipulative hype and spin, the ‘hyper-democracy’ that brings politics into disrepute.
Feels a bit too conservative, dear.
The stage seemed set for a Conservative surge, but Britain’s changing policy mood got in the way.
Has the north of England’s economy lit up?
In his budget speech, George Osborne claimed that the north grew faster than the south last year. Is he right?
Extra services rolling out.
Measures to co-locate employment support for mental health service users in Jobcentres may be less valuable than placing them elsewhere.
Do you feel better off?
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A defence that argues that ‘it depends on how you measure it’ does not wash.
In the pink?
For five years the Chancellor has sought to invigorate returns on investment for businesses, but the pay off is yet to materialise.
Feeding the beast?
George Osborne’s bid to boost home ownership in Britain might look like an effort to give young people a leg-up onto the housing ladder, but the evidence suggests they will be sorely disappointed.
Problems on the production line.
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What the chancellor didn’t mention is that UK GDP per person is 16% lower than we would have expected on pre-crisis trends and the major factor is lousy productivity growth.
Everyone’s feeling the squeeze.
Osborne’s confidence in the Commons won’t mean much to hard up workers.
If you want to know how well off you are, don’t ask a politician.
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Labour says we’re worse off, but the Tories say living standards are on the rise - who’s right?
Watch your step, George.
It might be that this budget proves to have been too clever by half.
‘Think I can’t pull a rabbit out of this?’
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Austerity has not been a success for the Chancellor, but that won’t stop him from trying to paint is as such.
Eyes on the prize.
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George Osborne has repeatedly managed to promise tax cuts and deficit reduction – and we can expect more of the same in this year’s budget.
Breaking with tradition.
With only 50 days between the Budget and the general election, we may well see unprecedented political posturing from not just the opposition, but the coalition’s junior partner too.
On top of your savings?
The chancellor has announced a voter-friendly annuity escape plan. But just how much freedom this gives pensioners should be questioned.
Expect Osborne to deliver a political budget.
A look at how the UK economy is doing ahead of what’s set to be a political budget from Conservative Chancellor George Osborne.