Month: October 2018

Budget 2018: The end of austerity? No, but definitely the start of spending and giveaways

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has surprised many with an upbeat budget full of giveaways, fanfare for the ‘end of austerity’ and a gamble on spending many billions. On the austerity point, it would be more accurate to say it is being eased, rather than ended; Mr Hammond hasn’t departed from his mantra on …

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What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a rebellion…?

An uncomfortable impasse has been reached on Brexit negotiations over the Northern Ireland border issue, but can Number 10’s charm offensive stop a rebellion of Tory MPs and the risk of damaging cabinet resignations…? Dominic Raab, the affable Brexit Secretary, had a bumpy ride on his trip to Brussels yesterday as unscheduled crunch talks with the EU …

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Reviewing the week: Post-conference hangover for Theresa May

Here’s our take on this week’s key issues for the Prime Minister and her Government  Following a good conference and a more comfortable-looking PM (who doesn’t look comfortable at the best of times), Theresa May is suffering a bit of a post-conference political hangover. No one is surprised that Brexit has been dominating the political …

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Conservative Party Conference: Day Three

Boris Johnson’s speech has achieved its desired result, the Tory conference is buzzing on the back of it, both for and against his fierce broadside on Chequers The former Foreign Secretary never does anything by halves. His performance today with his “chuck Chequers” address to over 1,000 delegates demonstrates this in spades, especially with his …

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