Tag: “George Osborne

Osborne’s cuts move from needed to macho and ideological

Posted on 17 July 2010 | 2:07am

The tone surrounding the public spending debate has shifted up, or rather down, a few gears as ministers move from general direction to specific changes. Though there remains a honeymoon feel to a lot of the coverage of the coalition, the dominant developing theme of the political narrative is the cuts now expected, and coming […]

A blog on why I’ve not been blogging plus random observations

Posted on 4 July 2010 | 5:07am

I’m speaking at a conference on ICT and education tomorrow, and was invited because the organisers saw me as ‘a leader’ no less in the embracing of all the new techology stuff. Truth be told, I am still pretty ice age compared with a lot of people, but I do give it a go. However, I […]

Osborne’s housing benefit myth sad contrast with real job losses

Posted on 23 June 2010 | 11:06am

In this spin-free (sic) world of the new coalition government, I draw your attention to a piece in today’s Guardian. It is but a tiny molehill amid the mountainous coverage of George Osborne’s first and, alas, not last Budget. It is tucked away at the bottom of page 5 beneath the headline ‘Osborne’s £104,000 claim […]

Osborne on message, Harriet on form, Clegg on nodding dog duty

Posted on 22 June 2010 | 3:06pm

You may remember during the election that I was somewhat dubious about Labour targeting George Osborne as the Tories’ ‘weakest link’. What you saw today was a right-wing Tory Chancellor setting out, with considerable confidence, a major package of measures that fit with his right-wing Tory view of the world. Nick Clegg may be deputy […]

Osborne has Lib Dems pretty much where he wants them

Posted on 24 May 2010 | 11:05am

When George Osborne announced the first public spending cuts today, he did at least have a mandate of sorts. While some of the detail may differ from the ‘efficiency savings’ claimed during the election to be able to deliver six billion pounds, he had been pretty clear about direction of travel, and though he did not get a Parliamentary […]

Clegg wins on style, Brown on substance, Cameron on shallowness

Posted on 16 April 2010 | 1:04am

As I do a fair bit of media-whacking, let me start my post-debate analysis with a few words of praise for Alastair Stewart. The ITV chair of the first leaders’ debate resisted the temptation to make himself a big part of the procedings and he moved events along at a good pace. As a TV […]

Osborne should heed his own words

Posted on 3 April 2010 | 4:04pm

Displaying the cockiness which perhaps goes with their background, and which could become more apparent as the campaign goes on, the Tories are claiming a near knock out blow. George Osborne’s people are busy making him the ‘zero to hero’ star of a clutch of articles, of which expect many more in the Sunday papers, […]

Today is all about credibility

Posted on 24 March 2010 | 9:03am

Like him or not, spare a sympathetic thought for David Cameron today. If he is anything like Tony Blair when Leader of the Opposition, he will have woken up this morning with the sense of a very big challenge ahead of him for the day. He does that every Wednesday of course, because Prime Minister’s […]

Happy Birthday Lord Ashcroft HB2U

Posted on 4 March 2010 | 10:03am

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Lord Ashcroft, happy birthday to you. Yes, the Great Man of Mystery celebrates his 64th birthday today. But three problems may be casting a cloud over the cake-cutting. First, he is being talked about in the media, which he seems not to like. Second, despite David […]

Darling v Gove, Osborne and help the rich squad is No Contest

Posted on 19 January 2010 | 10:01am

After shadow education secretary Michael Gove’s barely comprehensible (especially after he ‘explained’ it) ‘toffs for teachers’ elitist schooling plan, the Tories have now turned their attention to child poverty. According to the FT’s Nick Timmins, one of the most reliable public policy journos around (sorry, I know how that will damage him but it is […]