Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Naked politicians and the Emperor’s New Clothes: Labour’s Autumn Statement challenge

The Autumn Statement isn’t until Thursday, but already it’s clear what the attack lines will be from both sides. As James explained earlier, the Tories and Lib Dems will want to focus on the ‘responsible recovery’, which means fewer giveaways than a Chancellor might be tempted to make at this stage in a parliament and which feeds into the Conservative narrative that voters should let them finish the job by re-electing them in 2015.

From Labour’s part, it’s that this Autumn Statement was written by Ed Miliband at his...

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