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Robert Chote is the new head of the OBR

Robert Chote is the new head of the OBR
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Now this should dispel any worries that the Office for Budget Responsibility is partisan in the government's favour. Robert Chote, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and scourge of Osborne's "regressive" Budget, has been appointed as the body's new chief.

It is, in many repsects, the most sensible and obvious choice. Not only is Chote respected across the political divide, but the OBR is an attempt to institutionalise the kind of fiscal oversight that his IFS has provided for years. I can't imagine that the Treasury Select Committee will try to block this appointment.

In case you missed it first time around, Fraser interviewed Chote for the magazine back in June.