George Osborne

Britain should not mistake its allies for friends

17 October 2015 8:00 am

It would be hard to dream up a more absurd piece of political satire than an agency of the British…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Diane the Posh Goddess and Osborne’s mania

17 October 2015 8:00 am

When I arrived at Cambridge in 1975, a nervous freshman, I remember walking with a friend past Newnham and being…

The Tories are still anxious to reach out. And that’s a very good sign

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Post-election party conferences usually follow a standard pattern. The winning party slaps itself on the back while the losers fret…

Boris in the wilderness

3 October 2015 9:00 am

His leadership challenge is dwindling while Osborne’s star rises

Portrait of the week

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Home In a speech at the Shanghai stock exchange, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a feasibility study…

George Osborne’s epic kowtow to China

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Cameron and Osborne have a very clear China policy: do whatever China wants

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Jeremy Corbyn’s victory puts the EU referendum on a knife edge

19 September 2015 8:00 am

No one watching Jeremy Corbyn walk around the Palace of Westminster would imagine that he had just won the Labour…

Don’t weep for Costa – but the Living Wage punishes small businesses that need our support

19 September 2015 8:00 am

What is George Osborne’s Living Wage? Is it a ploy to shift cost from the taxpayer to the employer by…

On drone strikes, David Cameron is repeating Tony Blair’s big mistake

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Not even Jeremy Corbyn lamented the death of Reyaad Khan, who was killed by an RAF drone in Syria after…

Portrait of the week

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Home The Government decided after all to retain the rules preventing ministers and their departments from publishing campaign material, ‘with…

A guide to Jeremy Corbyn's Britain (the Tories will be in charge)

5 September 2015 9:00 am

How do you solve a problem like Jezza?

George Osborne has bet the house (and other people's houses) on there being no new crash

29 August 2015 9:00 am

When George Osborne visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark  the stock markets of each country promptly fell by about 5 per…

Think Cameron’s small majority will hold him back? Not with his new army of loyalists

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Time was when the Conservatives believed that a small majority — which puts a government at the mercy of backbench…

Tips for Boris from imperial Rome

15 August 2015 9:00 am

While the Labour party rakes over its past in an effort to find a policy for its future, the commentators…

Spectator letters: In defence of Islington, football and Zaha Hadid

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Islington isn’t indifferent Sir: I was shocked to read Mary Wakefield’s article accusing Islington’s middle classes of ‘extreme indifference’ to…

This time we really are getting tough on dodgy bankers (just don’t expect it to reach the boardroom)

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Fourteen years is a long stretch. The punishment imposed on former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes for his role…

Inside George Osborne’s empire: how the Chancellor rules Westminster

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The Chancellor has Westminster in his grip

Why housing associations are the true villains of the property crisis

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The trouble with housing associations

The Tories can only benefit from the rise and rise of Jeremy Corbyn

18 July 2015 9:00 am

It wasn’t meant to work out this way. A month ago, Westminster watched to see if Jeremy Corbyn could get…

Osborne's living-wage wheeze will decide the fate of one-nation Conservatism

11 July 2015 9:00 am

In his hastily scripted victory speech, David Cameron hit upon a mission that he wanted to define his remaining years…

Portrait of the week

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Home In his Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, slowed the planned rate of bringing in £12 billion…

George Osborne's real plan: erase every trace of Gordon Brown

11 July 2015 9:00 am

To understand George Osborne, it is important to realise that he cut his political teeth at the height of the…

Listen: the gaffe from Nicola Sturgeon that everyone missed

11 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s not surprising that politicians have such an on-off relationship with the broadcast media. One slip. One casual comment. One…

Osborne’s false prophet: why Jim O’Neill will never deliver a ‘northern powerhouse’

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Why Jim O’Neill isn’t fit to run the Northern Powerhouse

The dinner where laissez-faire banking died

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s deadline did not allow me to report from ringside at the Mansion House dinner, but there was so…