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It’s not the decision that makes a u-turn toxic – it’s the words

Is a u-turn really so bad? The Prime Minister has predictably been lambasted from some quarters for her decision to hold a general election in June, after numerous statements insisting she would not do so before 2020. As with so many politicians before her (think Hammond’s National Insurance tax hike or Osborne’s pasties), the moment…

budget 2017

Budget 2017

Correctly predicting what’s going to be in the Budget is akin to completing the football pools or picking the lottery numbers, given the variables and levers that a Chancellor has to pull at any one time.

Political predictions for 2017

There’s a saying that all predictions turn out to be either lucky or wrong. And there’s another one which says anyone who claims to know the future must, by definition, be either a fool or a charlatan. Nonetheless, the appetite for political forecasts is a thirsty one, so let’s take a look at the year ahead and hope I prove to be a lucky fool.

Autumn Statement round-up

Although it was Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement, three spectres could be felt in the background: one of the past, one of the present(ish) and one of the future.