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Week 12: Villain – George Osborne

March 21, 2016

This week’s villain award goes to George Osborne for overseeing the collapse of his 2016 Budget statement due to the bitterness surrounding disability cuts and the subsequent resignation of Iain Duncan Smith. For one of the few times in his gilded political career, George Osborne is in a marginalised position of weakness. When he sat […]

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Week 10: Villain – George Osborne

March 13, 2016

Last Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne Not exactly unfamiliar with this Award, is our loathed too clever by half chancellor.  In fact by my count this is not only his second win in  a row, but I make it the 24th time he’s won overall. […]

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Week 10: Hero – Paul Mason

March 6, 2016

This week’s hero award goes to former Newsnight, Channel 4 and now freelance journalist, Paul Mason, for his stinging response to George Osborne’s comment that he was a “revolutionary Marxist”. George Osborne delivered a rather lame, yet typically Osborne-esque joke in Parliament during this week’s Treasury questions:- “The fact that the Labour Party is now […]

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Week 48: Prat – John McDonnell MP

December 14, 2015

The long overdue Prat of the Week award from a fortnight ago goes to Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell You’ve got the chancellor of the exchequer exactly where you want him. He has u-turned on the centre piece policy of his ‘necessary’ welfare cuts, the abolition of tax credits. The bullshit that somehow a measily […]

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Week 44: Villain – George Osborne

November 7, 2015

  Last week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to George Osborne, for his authoritarian and dishonest determination to see through the cuts to tax credits You can spend all the time you like reading the Conservative manifesto from May’s election and you won’t find a whisper about cutting tax credits. There is a reference […]

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Week 30: Villain – George Osborne

July 26, 2015

George Osborne is a political villain. He could realistically make a credible claim to win this award every week. But, after proposing up to 40% in government departmental spending cuts, he has once again romped away with this infamous award. George Osborne is a clever villain. For all of his political skulduggery and win at […]

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0% Inflation Is Bad News (Not That You Would Know It From The Media)

March 24, 2015

Expect a whole bunch more George Osborne Is Jesus headlines tomorrow because the ONS announced today that inflation  in the year to February was 0%.  In the world of Media Macro (copyright Simon Wren-Lewis) this is to be celebrated because inflation means Zimbabwe or Weimer Germany, or even worse, whisper it with dread, the 1970s. […]

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2015 Budget: The Alternative Version

March 18, 2015

It is a big day for George Osborne. It is Budget Day. If a Government was in any way competent it would be throwing lots of fiscally prudent financial sweeties at the voter just before the election. But, as it is, this Government has made such a pig’s arse of the real economy, any little […]

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Eurostar – So long, and thanks for all the fish

March 4, 2015

Another day, another public asset is sold off to the free market by the Tories. The government is selling its stake in Eurostar in a deal that will give £757m to the treasury coffers. George Osborne stated, “a fantastic deal for UK taxpayers that exceeds expectations”. The government has agreed to sell its 40% stake […]

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Osborne and the Deflation of the British Media

January 16, 2015

Earlier this week there were two inter-related news stories which told us a lot about the failure of George Osborne’s economic policy and more importantly the world beating uselessness of the British press in holding him to account. As we have written on this blog on numerous occasions, Osborne’s stint as Chancellor has been the […]

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Villain of the Year Award 2014

January 4, 2015

It is now time to announce the hotly contested Allthatsleft Villain of the Year Award for 2014. Previous winners are David Cameron (2010), Bashar Assad (2011), Benjamin Netanyahu (2012) and Iain Duncan Smith (2013). It has been another prime year for villainy not least from this odious government, ever willing to do everything it can […]

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George Osborne’s Economic Miracle

December 23, 2014

That is what we are living through if you believe much of the Westminster Village as it gets into its pre-election groove.   The Tories we are told are going to run on a vote Conservative to Finish the Job message – a terrifying thought to many.   Osborne has indicated where he wants to go in […]

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George Osborne’s Alternative Autumn Statement

December 3, 2014

Mr Speaker, Four years ago, in the first Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I presented the accounts of an economy in crisis. Today, in the last Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I present a forecast that shows the UK economy is still in crisis. Back then, Britain was on the brink. Today, against a difficult […]

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Week 45: Prat(s) – BBC (and the rest of the British News Media)

November 9, 2014

This week’s Prat(s) of the Week Award goes to tbe BBC and the British media generally for buying into George Osborne’s ridiculous claim that he halved the extra amount that the UK has to pay to the EU The headlines that George Osborne got at the end of last week beggared belief. From watching, listening […]

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Week 12: Villain – George Osborne

March 23, 2014

This Week’s Villain of the Week (and sometimes it feels like every week’s Villain of the Week) is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne Last week was budget week and it ends with the Chancellor triumphant.  The polls have narrowed to a 1 point Labour lead that may have disappeared completely within a few […]

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What Was Budget 2014 All About?

March 19, 2014

UKIP.   There we are, a simple answer to a simple question.  The 2014 budget was about the Tories abject terror of UKIP and was designed to burst the Farage bubble before he gets a boost from the forthcoming Euro elections. The average UKIP supporter is a retired white bloke of middling means.  The kind of […]

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Week 7: Prat – George Osborne/Danny Alexander/Ed Balls

February 16, 2014

This week’s prat award goes to the three key treasury spokesmen for the main political parties – George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls for their Scottish independence referendum bullying tactics by telling Scotland: “Vote for Scottish independence and you lose the pound.” What we saw last week was the unedifying spectacle of George Osborne […]

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#854: 1988, The Proclaimers, Cap in Hand

February 13, 2014

George Osborne is a bully. Today’s playground target is Scotland. He is currently up in Edinburgh braying upon the idea of Scotland using the pound, without going cap in hand to ask for his permission – despite this being something that the Westminster government cannot prevent. It appears that a lot of people – even […]

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Osborne: Papering over the cracks

January 7, 2014

It has been reported that the wallpapering and soft furnishings company Osborne & Little, founded by George Osborne’s parents (which George Osborne has a 15% equity stake) has lost around £9m due to the poor economic climate since 2009. Osborne & Little have also just announced a loss for this year of £746,000, blaming the […]

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Flood defence cuts – Where is Noah and the ark?

January 6, 2014

What the fuck is up with our weather? It rains. It rains some more. It rains even more. Like you, I am bloody sick of it all. We are all in danger of getting webbed feet. The easiest, most unchallenging job in this country must be a meteorologist – because everyday it is the same. […]

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Week 49: Villain – George Osborne

December 8, 2013

This Week’s Villain of the Week is George Osborne for the overwhelming failure of his economic policy and the overwhelming nastiness of his politics demonstrated by the Autumn Statement From reading the papers following George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on Thursday you would have been forgiven for thinking that an economic colossus bestrides the land.   The […]

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Week 49: Prat – Ed Balls

December 8, 2013

This week’s Prat Award goes to Ed Balls, and his stumbling response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. I quite like Ed Balls. He is one of those rare politicians who appears to be a relatively normal human being. He has a wide ranging hinterland away from politics – in particular, his love of music and […]

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Week 48: Hero – Stella Creasy

December 2, 2013

This Week’s Hero of the Week is the Labour MP for Walthamstow. Stella Creasy for her tireless work on pay day loan regulation which this week bore some fruit Monday saw the announcement from George Osborne that the Coalition were going to introduce restrictions on pay day loan sharks like Wonga by capping interest rates […]

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Capping Pay Day Loans or George Osborne – Economically Illiterate Marxist

November 25, 2013

Those of you old enough to remember the furore over Ed Miliband’s Labour Party conference speech in which he pledged to freeze energy prices for two years, will recall that the reaction on the right was to characterise the move as Stalinist economic planning.   This wasn’t just the reaction of the right wing media and […]

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It’s the stupid economy, stupid

November 21, 2013

“It’s the economy, stupid” is a slight variation of the phrase “The economy, stupid” which James Carville dreamt up when he was a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent president George Bush. It is now time to update this phrase in 2013 for George Osborne:- “It’s the stupid economy, stupid.” […]

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Another financial crisis is inevitable

November 19, 2013

Five years after the 2008 financial crisis, one thing seems certain: we will eventually have another meltdown of the financial system. Why? Because we still haven’t fixed the problems that led to the last crisis. This meltdown may well come sooner than we think… A friend of mine works in the City of London. He […]

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Tory myth busting: “Cleaning up Labour’s mess”

October 29, 2013

“The mess we inherited” “We’re having to clean up Labour’s mess” “We are making tough decisions to fix the country” “We’re all in this together” This Tory-led and Lib Dem nodding dog soundbite tactic has been in place since they have been in government and has continued, unbroken and to the point of listening to […]

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The Economy: London 1 v The Rest of Britain 0

October 24, 2013

Here are today’s classified results from the UK economy regional league: London and The South East 1 V The Rest of Britain (excluding Scotland) 0 Regional economic findings published in today’s Guardian now show that London and the South-East England economies are booming, whilst the rest of the UK remains stuck in the rut of […]

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UK Immigration: Opening the door for China and closing it to everyone else

October 15, 2013

Last week, Theresa May published the Immigration Bill, which set out an insular anti-immigration policy framework aimed towards creating a “hostile environment” for UK immigrants with a set of new rules and regulations such as a £200 charge to use the NHS. Yet, George Osborne and Boris Johnson continue their dumb and dumber tour in […]

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We Are All In This Together: A Political Drama – The Story So Far…

October 7, 2013

We Are All In This Together Genre: Political Drama Location: Westminster Village, London, UK Staring: David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove, Nicholas Clegg, Jeremy Hunt, Eric Pickles, Theresa May, Daniel Alexander, Iain Duncan Smith, Vincent Cable and William J Hague Guest appearances from: Liam Fox, Louise Mensch, Philip Hammond, Chris Grayling, Owen Patterson, Edward Davey, […]

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