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Want a Real Budget for the Next Generation? Tax Carbon, Not Carbonated Drinks

Piers Telemacque | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

It's a weird priority. Does Osborne seriously believe that in thirty years' time he could have had George Jr. Jr. bouncing on his knee, asking him "Why didn't you take action Grandpa? The science was clear for decades. The warning signs were there. Why didn't you do something about fizzy drinks?" Our Chancellor told us that this was a Budget for the next generation. If he meant it, he'd tax carbon, not carbonated drinks.

Chancellor - Childcare Can Help Level the Playing Field and Create a Strong Incentive to Work... But It's Not Doing So Yet

Imelda Redmond | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

Childcare is a critical part of modern infrastructure. As vital in getting parents into work as any train line or motorway, yet we don't hear the same long-term, national rallying calls for similar levels of investment.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's EU Renegotiation: Tortoise or Hare?

Cameron Rae | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Cameron Rae

In January 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered his now infamous Bloomberg speech, promising to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU. Following renegotiation, he said he would present the British public with the "simple choice" of staying in or choosing to leave, based on the terms secured by the end of 2017.

Corbyn's Cabinet a Declaration of War on British Business

Ian Baxter | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

The appointment of John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor is nothing less than a declaration of war on British business by the new Labour leader. Busines...

Open Letter to Chancellor George Osborne Calling for Better Choice at the End of Life for People Affected By Cancer

Nikki Hill | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Nikki Hill

We know you recognise the importance of improving end of life care and committed to this in your manifesto. We want you to keep that promise and ensure that people who are nearing the end of their life are supported to die in the place and manner of their choosing.

Reaction to the Big Budget

Angus Campbell | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Angus Campbell

The rabbit out of the hat was the introduction of a national living wage, which will largely be paid for by the reduction in corporation tax, but the announcement of which led the FTSE 100 to pull back from its highs. All in all the budget can be seen as a very business orientated one which the markets have broadly welcomed.

Do Voters Even Care About The Deficit? Here's The Graph You Need To See

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

From day one, George Osborne framed the debate on the economy as a debate about borrowing, debts and deficits. Unlike defensive Labour, however, the voters don't seem to buy it.

Manufacturing the UK's Economic Recovery

Peter Rolton | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

The Chancellor has his sights set firmly on driving economic recovery, and a central component of the plan is his target to increase the value of annual UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This equates to approximately a 100% increase from where we currently stand, and there is little disagreement that it is an exceptionally tall order...

Recovery? Numbers You Won't Hear The Chancellor Mention

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Politics

The chancellor George Osborne will rise to the despatch box after 11am on Thursday to present his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons - and to th...

Knowledge and Networks Are the Key to Unlock British Business With China

Oliver Shiell | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Oliver Shiell

The message from Beijing is clear: the all-important political will that is so evidently present from Downing Street must be met with an enhanced commitment from Britain's business community.

Cross-Party Economic Duplicity Carries Great Dangers

Alex Rickets | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

George Osborne's speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester dealt with themes we have come to expect from him: an emphasis on fiscal discipline and assurances that he is on the side of aspirational, "hard-working" people the length of the country. There were, however, also features we haven't heard before...

Caroline Frost

Clarke's Fears For 'A Fortnight's Savings' If Mortgage Rates Rise | Caroline Frost | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics

The country isn't prepared for a rise in interest rates, as most people have only "two weeks' savings" to rely on before they are plunged into financi...

NHS, Pensions And Foreign Aid 'All Face Cuts' If George Osborne Refuses To Raise Taxes

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne's suggestion that he will not raise taxes after the next election could mean cuts to the NHS, pensions and foreign aid, a leading econo...

'McDonald's Doesn't Deliver'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has explained why the burger he was pictured eating came from a posh gourmet diner - because 'McDonalds doesn't deliver'. The Chance...

Osborne Laughs Off Jeffrey Mistake As 'G8's Unexpected Breakthrough'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has laughed off news that Barack Obama repeatedly referred to him as Jeffrey during G8 meetings this week. The US president apparent...

"If Books Ever Die, Snobbery Would Be Standing Over its Corpse"

Hilary Robinson | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Robinson

For Julia Donaldson, the Children's Laureate, whose term of office ends this week, has hit out at the pitifully low level of review space granted by the media to children's books. And her powerful passing shot is a launch of a campaign to secure much needed prominence for children's literature in the UK media.

Chancellor Should Heed IMF Advice and Increase Infrastructure Spending Now

Duncan Weldon | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Duncan Weldon

In most circumstances today's IMF report would be taken as a pretty damning indictment of the state of the economy and our prospects for recovery. However, because the IMF has stopped short of openly calling for a "plan B" the Chancellor's allies appear to be classifying this as a victory.

'Our Plan Is Working'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has insisted his plan is working, telling business leaders "now is not the time to lose our nerve". Spending more to rejuvenate the ...

Osborne Dodges Details On Tax Avoidance After G7 Talks

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been criticised for failing to set out any concrete steps to promote economic growth or tackle tax avoidance during G7 talks, despi...

Five Other Things Which Should Bring A Tear To Osborne's Eye

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics

The big story of the day is that George Osborne has working tear ducts. The chancellor of the exchequer was caught on camera, at Margaret Thatcher's f...

'The Cynical Act Of A Desperate Chancellor'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has attacked George Osborne after he appeared to link the case of child killer Mick Philpott with the need to cut benefits, saying the minist...

Ratings Agency Puts UK Economy On Watch For A Downgrade

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK

Credit ratings agency Fitch has put the UK's economy on watch for a downgrade, heightening the possibility of a negative outlook rating after April's ...

BEAT THE WEEK: Archbishops, Chancellors, Referendums And Saying Your Prayers

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK

There's been a lot happening this week, what with the budget being announced, a new archbishop enthroned, a date given for the Scottish referendum, an...

Now It Is Official: You're Worse Off Under the Tories

Chris Leslie | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

From the working families who have to wait until 2015 for help with the costs of childcare, to a 2.4% drop in real wages over the lifetime of this parliament, life is getting more expensive and more difficult for most Britons.

The Boy Who Cried Growth: The Empty Rhetoric of George Osborne

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Growth has ground to a halt, real wages are falling and more than 6m people want work but can't find it: yet our chancellor continues to fiddle - with beer duties and the pottery industry - as the British economy flatlines. The inconvenient truth is that George Osborne has become Labour's greatest electoral asset.