Tag Archives: George Osborne

  1. My view on who will be the next Prime Minister

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    June 26, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Only one thing is certain in Westminster as I write this, and that is that there will be a new …
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  2. Why tax credits can be the wrong type of incentive

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    November 23, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Tax credits can remove the incentive to improve your skills and productivity so you earn a higher wage on your …
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  3. Why tax credits are the sign that George Osborne has deficit desperation

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    November 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    We commonly assume that when a person is rooting around in the bins for food, they have reached a low …
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  4. How the House of Lords might help me look dinner ladies in the eye again.

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    October 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve been brought up to look everyone in the eye. Everyone, from Chief Executives to cleaners. But last week I …
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  5. Why tax credit reforms are a “jobs penalty” on the very people the Conservatives affect to want to help. 

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    October 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The row about the Conservatives’ reforms to tax credit isn’t about politics. It’s not even really about economics. It is …
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  6. Cameron turns the election campaign into a leadership campaign. Why?

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    March 25, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    What was he thinking? I mean, really, what was he thinking? The whole concept of the Conservatives’ election campaign was …
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  7. The “long grass economic plan” budget

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    March 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Well, what a budget that wasn’t. It was supposed to be an election giveaway, but it wasn’t really. It was …
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  8. Government’s policies favour older people for a good reason…and it’s not what you think

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    February 10, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Let’s start with a fact. Older people are more likely to vote than younger people. Ergo, policies that benefit older …
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  9. Labour can win on the economy if they can explain why ‘their’ type of economic growth is better

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    January 15, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Much has been made of the Institute of Fiscal Studies’ calculation that Labour’s plans for the future would mean that …
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  10. Day one and Labour quickly falls into Tories’ austerity trap

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    January 6, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Amongst the astonishingly negative start to the General Election campaign yesterday, as the Tories said that Labour would crash the …
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  11. Deflation stalks the UK – why we should worry

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    December 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Normally, you would expect the announcement that inflation has fallen as far down as 1% to be greeted with joy. …
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  12. The Stamp Duty changes make housebuying more fair but don’t address the supply problem

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    December 8, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Chancellor’s big ‘Rabbit out of the Hat’ moment for Wednesday’s Autumn Statement (as in the one bit that wasn’t …
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  13. We need to pass every policy announcement from now on through the ‘Coalition lens’

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    December 7, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Bearing in mind their financial need to get things right, it is interesting to see that there isn’t a single …
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  14. Time for George Osborne to come clean about where the cuts will fall

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    December 6, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

      Me thinks he doth protests too much. George Osborne has single-handedly managed to turn the tenor of the press …
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  15. 5 thoughts about George Osborne’s Autumn Statement/Pre-election bribe

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    December 4, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    1. So, er…apparently there’s an election soon? I say this with a wink because this was essentially a pre-election budget. …
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  16. Why has the fall in unemployment led to a FALL in tax receipts?

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    October 15, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    In a fascinating article for the Times (click here to read), Ed Conway, the economics editor of Sky News, raises …
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  17. George Osborne profile reminds us how human even our most senior politicians are

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    October 1, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Have a look at George Osborne’s face in the picture above. It was taken at the very point that he …
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  18. George Osborne – the UK’s next Foreign Secretary

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    July 5, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Should the Conservatives win the next election, you should expect to see George Osborne become Foreign Secretary. It is believed …
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  19. ‘HS3’ – Osborne sells the benefits of a global northern powerhouse

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    June 24, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

      One of the problems of being, you know, a properly functioning democracy is that governments need to try and …
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