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What “everyone knows” is wrong: the Budget was popular with young people, Eagle Eye

What “everyone knows” is wrong: the Budget was popular with young people

Everyone knows that George Osborne designed the Budget to help repulse the UKIP threat to older once-Tory voters, especially working-class ones. What is more, it succeeded. Recent polls by ComRes, YouGov and Populus have seen Labour’s lead cut.
All hail the political genius of the Chancellor.
Except that it is not so.
The brilliant Leo Barasi points out [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 28 March 2014 at 12:17 pm

This parrot’s “retirement has ended”, Eagle Eye

This parrot’s “retirement has ended”

Ed Balls coined a new euphemism for death in his interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning. He was asked about the reform of defined contribution pensions in the Budget:
This is a very big and radical reform so it is important that we look hard to see what it is actually going [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 20 March 2014 at 9:20 pm

How to Respond to a Budget, Eagle Eye

How to Respond to a Budget

It is not as if the response to the Budget is so very difficult.
All Ed Miliband had to do was to remember one of Matthew Parris’s parliamentary sketches of the early Blair:
He tweaked this, prodded that, inspected the teeth of a clause or two – and pronounced that it did not pass muster. It was all [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 9:39 pm

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned

Ed Balls was on The Andrew Marr Show this morning. He had a nice line about learning from experience, trying to turn his service in Gordon Brown’s government to his advantage:
I’ve made mistakes as well. We should have been tougher on regulating the banks when George Osborne kept telling me I was being too tough. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 3:56 pm

George Osborne’s convenient spending review, Chunomics

George Osborne’s convenient spending review

George Osborne did the tour of the newsrooms today, announcing that he is a fifth of the way to finding the £11.5 billion worth of savings he is looking for in the upcoming spending review – including the last-minute cuts to departments announced on the eve of the Budget in March.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 4:15 pm

A Desperate Budget, Eagle Eye

A Desperate Budget

No good will come of it. That was a desperate Budget. A cut in employers’ National Insurance contributions for small companies, worth up to £2,000 a year for each employer (but not the employers of nannies). Paid for by some tax-that-isn’t-a-tax on the second state pension in 2016.
A cut in beer duty and a freeze [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 6:20 pm

Ed Balls on the Budget, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls on the Budget

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, adopted quite a good tone of welcoming many of the things in the Budget in this BBC News discussion this afternoon.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 5:29 pm

Suggestions for the Budget 2013: Simplifying the tax system and stimulating growth, Notebook

Suggestions for the Budget 2013: Simplifying the tax system and stimulating growth

With the Chancellor’s Budget almost upon us, many businesses and indeed individuals across the country are speculating about what George Osborne will announce and how this will directly impact upon them.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 9:00 am

The Budget: Red Boxes and Booze!, The Money Blog

The Budget: Red Boxes and Booze!

It’s the traditions that make the Budget interesting. But today’s won’t be as traditional as you’d hope.

By | The Money Blog | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 8:00 am

Consumers’ message to Osborne: help us cope with household bills that have climbed 25%, The Money Blog

Consumers’ message to Osborne: help us cope with household bills that have climbed 25%

The Chancellor has a chance to help the millions hit by soaring home energy and car costs in next week’s Budget. Where have the increases hit hardest?

By | The Money Blog | Thursday, 14 March 2013 at 9:54 am

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