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.
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.
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...
The chancellor George Osborne will rise to the despatch box after 11am on Thursday to present his Autumn Statement to the
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.
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...
The country isn't prepared for a rise in interest rates, as most people have only "two weeks' savings" to rely on before
George Osborne's suggestion that he will not raise taxes after the next election could mean cuts to the NHS, pensions and
George Osborne has explained why the burger he was pictured eating came from a posh gourmet diner - because 'McDonalds doesn't
George Osborne has laughed off news that Barack Obama repeatedly referred to him as Jeffrey during G8 meetings this week