London homeowners are now in the absurd position of "earning" more from their homes than their jobs, with the average London price leaping to just over £450,000, according to the National Housing Federation.
After figures showed the UK economy returning to growth, a recalcitrant was quick to presume vindication of his economic strategy, and he hasn't looked back since. Osborne is emboldened to the extent, that he opines all doubts over his approach have been conclusively proved wrong.
Q. What is your position on the criminalization of bankers in the wake of the global financial crisis? A. Things which were crimes at the time should be prosecuted as such...
If we can spread our positive vision of a reformed Europe in a global economy, EU reform will not just be possible, it will be unstoppable. By showing our neighbours what we can achieve domestically with deregulatory reform, we are leading by example. And if they don't follow? That will make any in/out referendum very interesting indeed.
The European Union should not acquire a defence identity - but continuing membership of the EU is profoundly in the interests of our security and our defence industries.
More than half of the new 'jobs' created in the UK economy since 2008 have been in self-employment, and the income they attract has taken a sharp dive.
Jobs will be lost because bosses have to pay a bit more tax? How does that work? They're going to shut down factories, lay off staff, because they have to pay a bit more income tax? I don't think so.Investors will tear up their business plans because they feel sorry for UK chief executives with fewer pounds in their pockets? Why on earth would they? It simply makes no sense.
When President Clinton's advisor James Carville famously summed the presidential election up as "It's the economy, stupid," he spoke for generations of politicians who have known that elections are won and lost on the basis of voters' pockets and purses. As the long run up starts to the next UK election, that phrase has never held more significance.
So the headline rate of inflation has finally hit its target, for the first time in over four years. But let us not get too carried away in jubilation. We know from the past four years just how stubborn it can be.
Do you want my alternative take on the UK's growth figures, the 50p tax row and the US venture capitalist who compared banker bashing to the Holocaust? Here's my review of the political week in 60 seconds...
The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, yesterday set out a common sense approach to a common currency between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK. Mr Carney was clear that he did not seek to influence the decision of the people of Scotland, and stressed that in the case of a Yes vote, the people of Scotland would have sovereignty and the ability to choose the arrangements we wish, in partnership with our neighbours in the rest of the UK.
Mark Carney's important speech set out in some detail the logical steps that are required for a currency union such as the sterling zone to work. It works pretty well at the moment because we have a political union and fiscal and monetary policy work in tandem and banking regulation underpins the system. But would such a system work as well if Scotland were to be an independent country?
American author Mark Twain once said that there are "three types of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics". This nifty little phrase certainly comes to mind today, when you see that the Institute of Fiscal Studies have accused the government of using dodgy stats to support their claims that living standards are going up.
There is one clear message from today's thoughtful speech by Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England - that the failings of the Eurozone show that to have a successful monetary union you require fiscal and political union. This is a detailed speech but make no mistake, the Governor's judgement on currency unions is devastating for Alex Salmond's currency plans.
Britain is in the throes of a personal finance crisis. Dramatic figures out recently revealed that personal debt totals £1.43trillion and the average household debt is almost twice as high as a decade ago at £54,000. To some this would come as a surprise, but to many it is confirmation that they are not alone in their struggle.
Last week, hundreds of thousands of Londoners and commuters in the rest of the South East battled strikes and main line signal failures to get to work. With considerable grit and determination many of them succeeded. It's fair to say that George Osborne's Christmas gift to restrict regulated fare rises is already no more than a distant memory...