In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is claiming vindication for his economic strategy, saying that it has put Britain back on the road to economic recovery. However, while it does appear to be the case that the economy is recovering again, this is in spite of his economic policies, not because of them.
At last! The economic recovery is finally under way. Its dynamics - rising borrowing, a housing "bubble", uncertain prospects for the eurozone - may trouble some readers. But, as the news over the last month or two has underlined, we are at least now living with an economy which is growing rather than shrinking.
The fact that Germany is not as strong as we believe means that the country may not be able to lift Europe out of its economic woe. If this is really the case, we are pinning our high hope on the wrong leader. It therefore makes a lot more sense for us to come up with new ways to solve the Eurozone crisis...
I work part-time during the holidays and attempt to cling on to my wages for as long as possible during term time but I am starting to miss the monthly boost to my bank account that takes a violent drop as soon as I return to university. With these pressures of spending becoming almost expected, it appears that student budgeting is far more complicated than meets the eye...
If you've ever created a personal budget, you know that cutting costs can be difficult. If your local town, city or state government were to swoop in and create the budget for you and then monitor your spending levels, that would even be more difficult. That is basically what the FIA are suggesting in the latest comments from Jean Todt.
This summer I noticed a growing number of 'helpful' programs on how to cook on a tight budget. The need for such advice couldn't be greater, with ever increasing numbers turning to food banks to provide them with the essential ingredients they need to survive. And yet, with the demand for useful information so high, the most reasonable suggestion has yet to be forcefully made.
Australia as a backpacking destination is so popular and talked about it has almost become a cliché, something to roll your eyes at when somebody reveals it as the destination of choice for their backpacking trip. It no longer holds the cool card that it used to, with the likes of India and Thailand stealing a march on our commonwealth friends.
It's so much easier to do office wear when it's cold outside. Rubbish weather gives you an excuse to cover up, skirts over the knee, legs hidden in opaque tights, and cardigans under blazer jackets. But I want to look summery and stylish and still be considered as a serious candidate, without overspending.
Since the Budget speech in March, Osborne's tax cuts have proven themselves simply to be short-term solutions to distract us from effectively and wisely utilising our power as voters and as pressure groups. The Budget has continually fallen short of government assurances to fix what isn't working - it's been like giving plasters to a cancer patient.
Despite his aim to re-balance the economy, both sectorally and geographically, the Chancellor's intervention in the housing market only helps reinforce a 'two-speed' Britain in which London, fuelled by its property boom, gradually decouples from the rest of the country. And that isn't good for anyone, wherever you live.