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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Osborne Joins Twitter, Is Obliterated With Insults

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Politics

On the same day the Chancellor comes under extreme scrutiny for next year's Budget, George Osborne has chosen to join Twitter, the site where he can b...

EU Leaders Agree Bank Bonus Tax - Despite Osborne's Efforts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been thwarted in his efforts to avert a controversial cap on bankers' bonuses. The Chancellor headed to Brussels on Tuesday morn...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne The Bank Basher

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 4 February 2013... 1) OSBORNE THE BANK BASHER Having cut corporation tax and the top rate of income ta...

Calls For Scrapping Of Tax As Beer Sales Fall Again

PA | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK

Beer sales have fallen for the eighth year in a row, with 381 million fewer pints being drunk in 2012, according to a new study. The British Beer a...

Caption Competition: What's George Thinking?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne was playing host on Tuesday at the annual Christmas party in 11 Downing Street for the Starlight children's charity. And he looks w...

The Scot Destined To Lead Germany

The Daily Telegraph | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics

Meet David McAllister. He was last week mooted as Merkel’s heir apparent at Germany’s ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union party confere...

This Was Not a Budget Statement, it Was a Defeatist Political Capitulation to Despair

Ann Pettifor | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Ann Pettifor

Two million unemployed and one million under-employed people; a construction industry mired in deepening slump; green energy suppliers ignored; retailers with few customers coming through the door - all these listened to a British Chancellor carefully today, and heard only one thing.