Articles tagged with economy
by Josh White / 05 Dec 2012 15:22
The state of the economy:
Osborne: “So the economy is recovering. It’s recovering more quickly than many of our neighbours.”
Balls: “The longest double-dip recession since the second world war, now followed by the slowest recovery in the last hundred years.”
The causes of sluggish growth:
Osborne: “If, for instance, lower growth was the result of the government’s fiscal policy, they [the OBR ] would say so. But they do
by Ben Duckworth / 01 Oct 2012 11:58
Before Ed Balls strode onto the conference stage in Manchester, one Labour figure told me he expected the shadow chancellor to go all out on the attack. "It worked for Gordon Brown, and it's what George Osborne did in opposition," he said. Well, it turns out Balls had higher ambitions than merely attacking David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Of course, he bashed them. "Same old Tories, every one of them" yelled Balls, purposely including
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 Ben Duckworth / 24 Sep 2012 11:33
From the Total Politics JRF coffee club
As the smaller coalition partner, it pays to keep an eye on the next generation of Lib Dems to see who is making an impact at this year’s party conference. Jo Swinson has successfully seen off an amendment to change Lib Dem policy on the deficit. Right now, her husband, Duncan Hames is practising his speech for his big conference moment. Newly installed as Nick Clegg’s
by Anoosh Chakelian / 26 Jul 2012 11:37
"Move along, folks" - American cries echoing through the corridors of the leader of the opposition's offices signified Romney's arrival - another clue being a shimmering convoy of silver vans (sorry, trucks) pulling up outside.
The US Republican leader, and potential president come November, had arrived in all his smooth, business-like, super PAC-guzzling glory, and greeted a slightly stiff Ed Miliband, red tie crumpled, face fixed. The clash of the not-quite-Titans.
by Caroline Crampton / 21 Nov 2011 00:00
The new issue of Total Politics, out tomorrow, features an interview with shadow chancellor Ed Balls by Amber and myself. With the autumn statement next week, the conversation was dominated by his ideas on growth and the economy, but we also found plenty of time to delve into what makes Ed Balls, Labour's so-called 'attack dog', tick. We discussed why he considers George Osborne to be "the best on their side", the chances of
by Caroline Crampton / 17 Nov 2011 13:25
Ed Miliband says he wants "a new, more responsible, productive capitalism" and claims that there are "hard-headed" economic arguments for why we should change to a system that reflects the British values of "responsibility, fairness, concern for each other".
He said this to an audience at a Social Market Foundation conference this afternoon. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that many people outside the room were paying much attention. In an otherwise relatively quiet news
by Caroline Crampton / 14 Nov 2011 09:31
It's just over a week until George Osborne will get up in the Commons to deliver his autumn statement. It's being widely put about that it's going to be a 'plan for growth' first and foremost, and will likely contain further measures like credit easing and employment law review aimed at getting businesses going again.
Government and Treasury spinners have got a tough task ahead of them this week in trying to keep
by Richard Roberts / 23 Aug 2011 15:14
Radio 4’s Today programme, for which Evan Davis is a regular presenter, is not famed for its sunny outlook on life. With a second recession looking more and more inevitable by the day, while at the Edinburgh Book Festival I went along to hear Davis’ assessment of the state of the UK economy with my teeth gritted, prepared for bad news.
Perhaps Davis has been talking to his BBC colleague Robert Peston whose