Tag: “George Osborne

If Cameron and Lansley plough on with NHS car crash, it could yet be the end of them

Posted on 7 February 2012 | 11:02am

I haven’t read The Times, so I am only going on an edited version of Rachel Sylvester’s column today, as summed up by Labour’s media monitoring department. At the risk of offending Rupert’s paywall principles, I would like to print in full what the media monitors took out of it. ‘Is Lansley the exception to […]

At long last Europe’s leaders realise youth unemployment has to be top of the agenda

Posted on 29 January 2012 | 12:01pm

Endlich, enfin, AT BLOODY LAST … Europe’s leaders are starting to realise that they might have to do something beyond enjoying the scenery in Davos to address the problem of youth unemployment. This morning’s Observer leads on the raising of jobs and the young to the top of the agenda for the upcoming EU summit. […]

A gentle sob at the Tory Big Lie; and grumblings from business re procurement not keeping up with change

Posted on 19 January 2012 | 3:01pm

To a conference of software suppliers organised by Opentext, where ex civil servant Jonathan Portes and I were the keynote speakers. Jonathan now runs the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and gave a relatively upbeat assessment (I emphasise the relatively) of the economic future. Among his graphs was one which had the Labour […]

Cameron’s lack of understanding of lives of squeezed middle could be his undoing

Posted on 26 November 2011 | 11:11am

Very good night at the fundraiser for Ed Miliband’s constituency party in Doncaster last night. Good turnout, good mood, and after someone in the q and a had raised the crisis of capitalism, it duly emerged – in the form of sold out raffle tickets. Anyone who knows anything about Labour fundraisers will know why […]

Italian technocrats not political enough; our Bank Governor too political

Posted on 17 November 2011 | 9:11am

It is easy to feel that anything or anyone would do a better job than Silvio Berlusconi, but I can’t help feeling a bit uneasy about the installation of the new ‘technocrat’ government in Italy. No democratic system is perfect, but to see a government of a major ‘democracy’ take shape, without a single elected […]

Cameron and Osborne could do worse than call in Brown and Darling for a private chat

Posted on 10 November 2011 | 6:11am

I was speaking at a dinner last night to businessmen and women who know a lot more about how the economy works than I do. So I was a bit alarmed to see how many were nodding along when I suggested that what was happening in the eurozone was, frankly, downright scary. Most situations described […]

With crisis seemingly averted for now, Europe’s leaders need to explain the issues better

Posted on 27 October 2011 | 8:10am

The mood music out of the eurozone crisis summit was pretty good, the reactions not bad, and so the sense is of disaster averted. The problem is that further difficult steps now have to be taken, and what happens when they are is far from certain. Europe’s leaders have laid down what should happen, but […]

Cameron looking weaker under twin attack from Sarko and Eurosceptic backbenchers

Posted on 24 October 2011 | 7:10am

You’d have thought President Sarkozy would still have been in post-Libya mutual backslap mode with Dave, added to which a new baby usually puts a man in a good mood for a few days. So our PM must really have been getting Sarko’s goat to provoke the tirade that came his way at the European […]

Osborne right to be gloomy – politically we’re out of the euro but economically we’re all in this mess together

Posted on 22 October 2011 | 5:10pm

I promise I am not going soft, but I am beginning to feel a little bit sorry for David Cameron and George Osborne. As a regular attendee of European summits when Labour was in power, I always feel a bit sorry for anyone who has to eat into the weekend to go to some soulless […]

Fox looks like he’s a goner – good news for Osborne for now

Posted on 9 October 2011 | 7:10am

Having been through a few ministerial media frenzies, and knowing as I do how the press can twist and distort every little detail to feed the frenzy, even with Tories I like to let the benefit of the doubt linger for as long as I can. It partly explains why you will have to look […]