Chancellor of the Exchequer

Record Number Of Brits Happy With Chancellor Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has bounced back from the days when he was booed at the Olympic Stadium as his popularity as chancellor has reached a record high. ...

The Budget 2014: Why Did the Budget Ignore Start Ups?

Raj Dhonota | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Raj Dhonota

For me this budget got it wrong on the start up front by ignoring the value start-ups bring to our economy and doing nothing for them. We may not realise the impact of this up to the election, which is perhaps what the chancellor is counting on, but it's clearly not in our country's long term interest. A budget for 'doers'? I don't think so!

LOOK: Check Out What Was Written On The Board Behind George Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Chancellor George Osborne delivered a speech on the economy in Essex on Monday. And we have to say, we're a little surprised by the achievements writt...

Supporting the Makers

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

The economy is healing, but we need to cement the recovery by encouraging and supporting our great British businesses. That's why the Chancellor is supporting businesses that are making things and selling them to the world... This was truly a budget for the doers and the makers.

Welcome To The United Kingdom of Wonga..

Karl Davis | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

It's almost as hard to escape the many 'payday loan' advertisements that flood virtually every advert break in the TV schedule these days as it is to access any strand of public service that hasn't been flogged off to the private sector.

Fair Regulation?

Alexander Jan | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Jan

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...

An Open Letter to George Osborne

Bill Grimsey | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Bill Grimsey

Dear Chancellor, Businesses all over the country are awaiting next week's Autumn Statement with dread to hear if you plan to add another £840million on to the business rates bill. At a time when UK retail sales are down for October, high streets are still recording declining footfall...

Is George Osborne The Most Unpopular Chancellor Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Politics

Fresh from introducing the Cookie Monster on Newsnight last week, Emily Maitlis was given a less prestigious role on Wednesday interviewing the Chance...

Grand Theft Auto V: George Osborne Edition

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Comedy

(Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Beresford and David Schneider) More TOPICALOLs: Relationship Nobody Thought Would Last Doesn't La...

Osborne's Housing Plan 'Won't Build Any New Homes'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne's flagship home ownership programme Help to Buy will fail to see new homes being built but help boost banks' and builders' profit margi...

'All That Will Remain Is Tesco, Costa And Charity Shops'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

A chocolatier in Chancellor George Osborne's constituency has left an impassioned goodbye note on his store's front window revealing how the high cost...

Chancellor Unveils Tax Breaks For Fracking

PA | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

The Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled tax breaks for controversial fracking in a bid to create the "most generous" regime for shale gas in the wo...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne's '100% Cuts' Pledge

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 12 July 2013... 1) OSBORNE'S '100% CUTS' PLEDGE Both the Telegraph and the Times splash on George Osb...

'Osborne Needs A Reality Check!'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has come under fire after telling MPs that he has not visited a food bank. Under questioning today from Labour MP Teresa ...

Asa Bennett

Don't Be Duped! Economists Slam IMF's UK Growth Boost As A 'Sideshow'

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics

The International Monetary Fund's decision to lift its growth forecasts for the UK has been met with widespread derision from leading economists and b...

Mehdi Hasan

Cabinet Secretary Accused Of Advocating 'Extreme' Austerity

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics

The country's most powerful mandarin has been accused of breaching civil service political neutrality by publicly advocating austerity measures more "...

Spending Review: Hope and Austerity

Iain Anderson | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

As the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, noted, George Osborne spoke for over 50 minutes. This was a statement that was Budget-like in length. Combined with tomorrow's announcement on infrastructure expenditure it is looking Budget-like in scope too.

Osborne To Outline £11.5bn Of Cuts

PA | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne will today draw up the battle lines for the next general election as he sets out his final spending plans before the country...

Mehdi Hasan

Former FSA Chair Lord Turner Attacks Austerity And Warns Of Another Crash

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics

The former chair of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Adair Turner, has called on the government to be "more cautious" about austerity and expre...

Does Britain Lack the IT Skills to Pay the Bills?

Gary Calcott | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Tech
Gary Calcott

The dust has settled on the Budget 2013 and the political fallout has been well documented. Putting politics aside and focusing on the actual issues, it's true to say Chancellor George Osbourne's Budget statement contained both positives and negatives as far as the tech industry is concerned.

Government Departments Told To Prepare For 10% Cuts

PA | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Politics

Most government departments have been told to prepare for cuts to their budgets of around 10%, it has emerged. Schools, the NHS and international a...

The Old Ones Are the Best Ones

Crispin Flintoff | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Crispin Flintoff

When I wrote to former Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey to ask if he would speak at a Stand up for Labour event it was a shot in the dark.

Americans Are Laughing at Us and Using UK as a Case Study on Why Not to Do Austerity

Brian John Spencer | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The George Osborne budget was tepid and utterly uninspiring. To paraphrase Fraser Nelson of the Spectator, the budget was devoid of substance and replete with gestures.

Sky High Tax on Flying To Soar Further

Simon Buck | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK
Simon Buck

Disappointingly, but not unsurprisingly, yesterday the Chancellor stuck to his short-sighted plans to increase the UK's Air Passenger Duty (APD) for yet another year. It flies in the face of new evidence from PwC pointing to the economic benefits of abolishing APD...

Mehdi Hasan

Norman Lamont: Cutting Spending Does Hit Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics

One of the chancellor's closest allies has said that George Osborne "should stick to the strategy" of deficit reduction, despite admitting that "no on...