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George Osborne: the Rake’s Progress

  • March 19, 2017
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Anyone who has seen a James Bond film will be familiar with the words that Ernst Stavro Blofeld used before dispatching minions who had displeased him: ‘ You know the penalty for failure.’  The penalty was always death, whether it came in the form of Rosa Klebb’s poisoned toe-knife or a pool of piranha...

George Osborne’s Future

  • September 30, 2014
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I was surprised to hear George Osborne inviting his party and the nation to ‘choose the future’ yesterday.   It isn’t just because Trainspotting isn’t the most obvious text for a chancellor to refer to when making a major policy speech.   I’ve always thought of the chancellor as a ghastly apparition from a...

Hardworking People: Anatomy of a Political Cliché

  • October 14, 2013
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What kind of people do our politicians most respect and admire?     It goes without saying that rich people are top of the list.   Like the Chinese ‘business leaders and rich tourists’ who George Osborne has just welcomed into the UK – less than a week after the government announced a new bill...

A Message from the Chancellor

  • April 22, 2013
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Hello everyone.   My name is George Osborne and I’m the Chancellor of the Exchequer.   It’s really a pleasure for me to show you round the new Britain that we have been building these last three years, in the hope that you will ignore the doomsayers and the naysayers, the negative credit...

Balls and Osborne: the Pot and the Kettle

  • July 06, 2012
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Watching Ed Balls and George Osborne clawing each other in parliament yesterday was not an edifying spectacle – the parliamentary version of Alien versus Predator.   I’m not one to agree with Osborne about anything if I can possibly help it, but when he condemns the ‘Brownite cabal’ for its economic mismanagement and its...

Tough Decisions

  • September 26, 2011
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It’s always bracing when politicians talk about the need for ‘tough decisions’, as though they’re struggling to repress some inherent sense of decency for the greater good.   Maybe less so with George Osborne. His toughness is the kind one might have expected from some dissolute rake from the Hellfire Club,  pausing to evict starving farm...

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