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After today’s Autumn Statement, Ed Balls will be emailing Labour supporters this evening – and to coincide with that the party will be releasing the following video, attacking “The real story of David Cameron’s economy”. Here it is:Read more →
The Philippines is a long way from home, and for many British families understandably it’s not top of our every day list of priorities. In saying that, British people have been amongst the most generous in the world to the emergency appeal. And from what I can see it’s being well spent. One big advantage loomed large over the meetings I had today with charities like Cafod and Oxfam, British officials from the Department of International Development, and the United […]Read more →
This Autumn Statement has neatly illustrated the problem that any opposition faces when announcing policies outside of election period: if they’re any good, the government will steal them. While there are few direct lifts, the Chancellor’s statement was the clearest indication yet that the Coalition is concerned that Labour’s eye-catching initiatives have, well, caught the public’s eye. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen the government, ahem, “borrow” Labour policies on pension charges and payday loans. Again today, casual observers […]Read more →
During the 2010 leadership contest, Ed Miliband announced that he favoured a Graduate Tax to replace university tuition fess. Yet at Labour conference in 2011, Miliband announced that the party’s position was now to back undergraduate fees of £6000 per year. In an interview with the Times Higher Education Supplement, new Shadow HE Minister Liam Byrne has confirmed that it is Labour’s “long-term goal” to introduce a graduate tax: “The policy we’ve set out is what we would do if […]Read more →
The figures used by George Osborne in today’s Autumn Statement are nothing more than a confidence trick. The Chancellor has quoted OBR statistics which show that employment is at “an all time high” and that levels of unemployment are forecast to fall to 5.6% by 2018. Using generalised statistics and evidence of a growth in new businesses to say there is an economic recovery, and that employment is rising paints a picture the Chancellor wants us to believe but it […]Read more →