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The Budget. Hunt shields a candle from the wind.
“He trod a fragile path towards Conservative electoral recovery and a potential fifth term. Though the childcare plan is a mistake – raising profound questions about the Government, families, and choice.”
The politics of becoming a poorer country militate against a grand global role for Britain
“Mounting domestic pressures and tight budgets mean defence is likely doomed to always look like an easy cut when election time draws near.”
Unlike Clarke in 1997, Hunt would not hand a golden inheritance over to any Labour successor
“Brown entered the Treasury with low inflation, falling unemployment, steady growth, and shrinking taxes and spending. Reeves would not be so lucky – and nor will the Chancellor, if the Tories win the next election. ”
Interview: Crick on the “purge” in candidate selections of the Labour Left, and the threat to democracy posed by localism
Andrew Gimson and Paul Goodman
“He describes the authoritarian and grossly under-reported way in which our future MPs, and ministers, are being chosen.”
Pensions, infrastructure, Universal Credit, skills. Priorities for tomorrow’s Budget.
“The Chancellor will be hoping that the next few months see some more modest optimism about improvements in our insipid growth rate and in the public finances. The Autumn Statement then could be an opportunity for a bit more boldness.”
Operation Sovereign Borders – how Australia proved that strict immigration policy can work
“There are lessons for Sunak and Braverman as they prepare to take on the people smugglers operating from the French coast.”
Legalising ‘magic mushrooms’ can boost levelling up, aid veterans, and reduce pressure on the NHS
Crispin Blunt MP and Ben Ramanauskas
“We are urging Braverman and Philp to listen to the Psilocybin Access Rights campaign, part of a wider discussion about a fundamental human right to access medicine.”
We’ve stabilised the economy after last autumn’s events. This Budget moves on – and charts a route to a better future.
John Glen MP
“According to the OBR, the policy measures outlined by the Chancellor in his Budget speech have resulted in the largest upward revision to their growth forecasts in their history.”
Ipswich has a worthy ambition for City status. But an attack on the motorist would be misguided.
“The essence of a new strategy is to remove cars from the town centre, inevitably impacting existing and potential economic growth.”
The fate of a BBC presenter is less important than the stability of the banking system. (Or the wallets of taxpayers.)
“The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank doesn’t spell the end of capitalism as we know it. But the need to reform the system, uncompleted after the financial crash, is as urgent as ever.”