George Osborne

Portrait of the week

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Home The Commons, having been specially recalled, passed, by 524 votes to 43, a motion supporting ‘the use of UK…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

Tom Bower’s Diary: Resuming hostilities with Richard Branson

27 September 2014 8:00 am

This week marks another milestone in my 15-year battle with Richard Branson. Ever since he unsuccessfully sued me in 1999…

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in…

Here comes Boris! The next Tory leadership fight has just begun

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The next Tory leadership battle has just begun

Secret oil fields! Skewed polls! The Yes campaign is losing the plot

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The success of the campaign to save the Union can be heard in the increasingly hysterical tone of independence supporters

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the…

George Osborne’s cynical grab for northern votes (and why I’m for it)

28 June 2014 9:00 am

When John Prescott used to wax garrulous about a ‘superhighway’ from Hull to Liverpool, everyone assumed it was a wheeze…

Danny Alexander on Scottish independence, income tax, Nick Clegg and George Osborne

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Danny Alexander, the coalition’s senior Scot, on cricket,on his battle for Britain and his colleague George Osborne

Peter Mandelson’s diary: The accomplishments of George Osborne – and Vladimir Putin

31 May 2014 9:00 am

My trips to meet Russians in Russia these days are a little less controversial than my encounter with them in…

Meeting George Osborne at Waterloo

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The defence of Hougoumont is one of the great British feats of arms. If the farmhouse had fallen to Bonaparte’s…

George Osborne is entitled to look smug

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The popular pastime for financial commentators this season is sticking pins in George Osborne. To those on the left who…

Investment special: How to come out top in the pensions revolution

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Soon you’ll be completely free to decide what to do with your life savings. So what are the best options?

Is full employment just another of George Osborne’s political stunts?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

‘Full employment’ usually means the lowest achievable rate of unemployment — somewhere south of 5 per cent compared with 7.2 per…

Why I’ll join the silver stampede to cash in a pension

29 March 2014 9:00 am

At the beginning of the last decade, a young man who claimed to be my ‘premier banker’ paid me a…

Portrait of the week

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Home In the Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that the economy was working but the job…

Ed Balls's secret: he doesn't care whether his tax plan makes sense

1 February 2014 9:00 am

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

The Spectator's Notes: George Osborne's personal recovery

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Now that the economic statistics are looking better, people are beginning to rediscover the once-fashionable thought that George Osborne is…

Any other business: How François Hollande let France miss the global recovery train

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve always respected stationmasters, but that sentiment is not universally shared. A distinguished friend of mine across the Channel described…

Welfare wars

11 January 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne is refreshingly uninterested in his public image, believing that he will be judged by the success (or otherwise)…

Filming Bono, fighting Balls - how George Osborne's preparing for his autumn statement

30 November 2013 9:00 am

James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss George Osborne’s 2013 Autumn statement: [audioboo url=”https://audioboo.fm/boos/1763353-isabel-hardman-and-james-forsyth-discuss-george-osborne-s-autumn-statement”][/audioboo] Next week’s autumn statement looks at first…

In it together? Matthew d'Ancona's book on the coalition is a huge letdown, says Peter Oborne

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There are two ways of being a political journalist. One is to stay on the outside and try to avoid…

Spending Review: Has George Osborne's caution condemned Britain to a lost decade?

29 June 2013 9:00 am

The Labour party used to joke that the Tories would act as their cleaners: win, take the political pain, abolish…

George Osborne’s own personal recovery

22 June 2013 9:00 am

The other day, George Osborne was walking with his wife across the courtyard of the Royal Academy. In the evening…

Stephen Hester was pushed out of RBS for telling politicians the truth

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Quite a spell of bowling from the Chancellor last week, skittling Stephen Hester’s stumps at RBS and causing Paul Tucker…