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Osborne's ringfence cycle

28 November 2015 9:00 am

By now, George Osborne had hoped to have completed his austerity programme. Instead, he finds himself making what is, still,…

Lords of misrule block the Tories at every turn

29 October 2015 9:00 am

A few days after the general election, I bumped into one of David Cameron’s longest-standing political allies, one of those…

Charles Moore’s Notes: The government needs someone who knows how Parliament works

29 October 2015 9:00 am

An enjoyable aspect of parliamentary rules and conventions is that almost no one understands them. This has become acutely true…

Portrait of the week

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Home After it was twice defeated in the Lords on its plans to reduce working tax credits, the government announced…

Tearing tax credits away from the working poor is a battle of choice, not necessity

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Just over 30 years ago, Margaret Thatcher’s government decided to look at local government finance. A young aide, John Redwood,…

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…

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…