Articles tagged with Danny Alexander
by Hywel Nelson / 23 Apr 2013 16:51
Last weekend, Danny Alexander promised he’d deliver a Welsh referendum on giving the Assembly tax-varying powers.
But do politicians in Cardiff Bay want a referendum – or the power to raise or lower tax?
In 2011, all four major Welsh parties supported a Yes vote in a further powers referendum that passed comfortably. But this one could be a tougher sell – the question would essentially be ‘can we tax you more if we want
by Ben Duckworth / 25 Sep 2012 13:49
This afternoon, the Liberal Democrat’s most powerful politician will take to the stage. She is a red-head former patent attorney who describes herself as a “technocrat”. She is the ultimate macro-politician, whose job it is to think about the big picture across all of the European Union’s 27 countries. As you will have guessed by now, I’m not talking about Nick Clegg. Meet Sharon Bowles MEP. She chairs the economic and monetary affairs committee,
by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Sep 2012 11:10
Danny Alexander, a “fashion icon” in Pakistan (his words, not mine), and chief secretary to the Treasury, was rather off-key in his speech to conference today, following an otherwise hitherto sturdy performance.
He opened with addressing conference as “fellow plebs”, a staid joke by anyone’s standards now and not delivered with the necessary Cable-esque galumphing conviction. He later half-heartedly quipped that “Ed Balls and Ed Miliband have as much credibility as Andrew Mitchell’s
by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Sep 2012 14:28
Yesterday, Nick Clegg looked rather stumped when an angry activist ordered him to rein in Danny Alexander, who was “more right-wing than Peter Osborne” (that’s George to you and me).
And indeed, there has been some low-level antipathy towards the Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury, omnipresent at conference, due to his relationship with his Tory partners appearing a little too convivial.
In a policy motion earlier today, it seemed that
by Anoosh Chakelian / 22 Sep 2012 15:04
Just when you were getting the hang of Lib Dem v Tory coalition divisions, a new tension reveals itself in the harsh yellow light of conference season: Lib Dem v Lib Dem.
The official theme is 'fairer tax in tough times', but from the consternation on tired faces, nervously chewed lanyards and restlessly twitching beards, it is clear from the onset that this is actually the soul-searching season - who are the Lib
by Mark Pack / 16 Mar 2012 13:47
What would you do if you have a really important set of decisions to make? Decisions that will have a direct impact on the lives of millions of people, on the future of the country and – although of course you are too saintly to think of this – on your own future career prospects.
Locking yourself away in secret and deciding all the key decisions on your own before presenting them to
by Martin Shapland / 06 Feb 2012 10:30
“We are all in this together!” So goes the war cry of austerity, but some seem to be in it more than others.
We’ve had the saga of multi-million pound bonuses at publicly-owned RBS, the spectre of excessive executive pay and now we have dodgy dealings on tax in the civil service.
It seems that if you sit on the board of a FTSE 100 company, used to be a knight of
by Ben Duckworth / 02 Feb 2012 12:08
Parliament’s on a bit of a roll at the moment. It’s again become the place where things happen, even with little legislation going through the House of Commons currently. There was an urgent question this morning asking why the head of the Student Loans Company was paid via a company without tax being deducted. It has led to Danny Alexander announcing a review which will conclude in March and call for any
by Amber Elliott / 24 Jan 2012 16:13
Unexpectedly, model and businesswoman Katie Price became the subject of Treasury questions today, with Danny Alexander crediting her views on the economy as more credible than the opposition's.
Over the weekend, the Page 3 regular tweeted a series of unexpected statements, including: “OMG!! Eurozone debt problems can only be properly solved by true fiscal union!!! #comeonguys"
Disappointingly, her sudden interest in our current economic problems was revealed to be a
by Charlotte Henry / 18 Sep 2011 18:19
The sandals and beards were out in force as I pulled into New Street Station; clearly the Lib Dem conference was in town! It started in slightly controversial fashion, when a vote that would have allowed a debate on the NHS Bill was won, but not by the two-thirds majority required for the debate to happen. I personally felt that debate should have happened, given the importance of the NHS, but can understand those
by Charlotte Henry / 14 Sep 2011 11:25
The 50p tax rate has become another coalition cause célèbre for the Lib Dem left: "Look, look what we can stop those nasty Tories doing". Party President Tim Farron said that scrapping the rate for those that earn over £100K would be "phenomenally immoral", and even Danny Alexander said anyone who wanted to scrap it at the moment was "living in cloud cuckoo land."
While I don't doubt that some of
by Dylan Sharpe / 01 Sep 2011 10:14
In an effort to get the masses more interested in politics, Parliament has taken a cue from football and instituted a transfer deadline day, after which Party leaders are unable to make alterations to their cabinets. With just hours to go, BBC and Sky reporters sit outside the offices of the major political parties and have frantic roving reporters ready to jump in a helicopter to secure the first word on the latest transfers.