Osborne’s pledge puts focus on axe

‘Rollercoaster’ profile for spending gives chancellor a headache


George Osborne at No 11 Downing St ©Philip Sinden
The chancellor has been out and about, talking up his long-term plan for the nation. But what of his own?
– FT Magazine

Pork-barrel claim over cash for marginals

Theatre upgrade and anti-seagull measures in Budget small print

Alexander delivers ‘alternative’ Budget

Lib Dem dismisses Osborne’s ‘Cathy Come Home’ era statement

Osborne's mastery of political budgets

Instead of electoral bribes, chancellor frames the campaign

Tories deny ‘rollercoaster’ spending claims

Labour attacks ‘extreme’ plans for next parliament

Budget 2015: A blatantly political purpose

Rick Nye on an event that was all about making chemistry count

SNP attacks ‘unnecessary’ spending cuts

Party offers guarded approval of moves to lift North Sea oil

Pollsters see no instant political impact

Caution was Osborne’s only realistic option

‘Grown-up’ Budget dashes hope of sweetener

Focus on paying down debt leaves some Tories feeling deflated

Labour says living standards have fallen

Miliband disputes that disposable incomes have risen under Tories

Confident message of simple words

Osborne shot foxes instead of summoning rabbits

Osborne’s push to win hearts and votes

Package is one calculated to shut down Labour lines of attack

Lib Dems attack Osborne over austerity

Tories accused of making ideologically motivated cuts

Osborne’s Agincourt jibe raises hackles

Digs at Scottish nationalists goes down badly north of the border

Not much meat — or beer — in chancellor’s speech

Osborne has eyes on May poll as he delivers his plan

Northern ally turns on chancellor

Manchester chief says region ‘can’t afford another five years of Tory government’

Miliband says Budget ‘can’t be believed’

Labour leader says Osborne trying to fool over living standards

History lessons from pre-election Budgets

What past chancellors have done ahead of polling day

Budget is Osborne’s last election pitch

Chancellor needs to convert economic record into votes

Expect a purely political Budget

Osborne's promises tomorrow only matter until election day

Osborne’s Budget pitch to voters

Tax cuts, avoidance crackdown and loosening of austerity promised in Budget

Osborne needs a lasting legacy

Has he tilted politics in a conservative direction in a lasting way, or will it swing back?

Osborne attempts Budget balancing act

While the exercise might be labelled fiscally neutral, politically, it will be anything but

Osborne says ‘no giveaways’ in Budget

Chancellor expected to announce tax cuts and freedoms for pensioners

The politics of austerity backtracking

Could Osborne flip to make Balls flop?