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  1. July 14, 2014

    Oil companies welcome North Sea tax review

    Oil companies have welcomed the UK government’s announcement on Monday that it is reviewing the North Sea oil tax regime,...

  2. July 14, 2014

    Danny Alexander accused of ‘pork barrel politics’

    After four years of cuts, George Osborne is not only the Treasury minister enjoying the prospect of distributing government...

  1. July 6, 2014

    Top mandarins clash with ministers on Whitehall reform

    Three of Britain’s most powerful civil servants have clashed with ministers on Whitehall reforms, exposing simmering...

  2. June 11, 2014

    Scotland accuses UK of seeking to alter grant formula

    The Scottish government has accused the UK government of seeking to alter the way it calculates how much money to transfer...

  3. June 6, 2014

    Economists doubt benefits of Scottish independence

    Most professional economists are deeply sceptical of claims that Scotland would be better off as an independent nation,...

  4. June 4, 2014

    Bigger deficit forecast for an independent Scotland

    Falling oil supplies and spending pledges would result in an £8.6bn deficit in Scotland’s first year of independence,...

  5. Off Message

    May 29, 2014

    What price on Scotland's undecided voter?

    The below is a full version of the short opinion piece that appeared in the FT on Thursday. They live in a town in the...

  6. May 28, 2014

    Scotland data duel stokes voter distrust

    The UK and Scottish governments squared off on Wednesday in a statistical showdown over the costs and benefits of...

  7. May 28, 2014

    Scottish ministers bewilder voters with bad stats

    The Edinburgh Festival of Bad Statistics began on Wednesday with rival performances from two of Scotland’s best-known...

  8. Off Message

    May 28, 2014

    The nonsense of the 'independence bonus'

    Alex Salmond said on Wednesday that Scottish households could expect an “independence bonus” of £2,000 by 2030 if they voted...

  9. May 28, 2014

    Dispute over economic impact of Scottish independence

    The two sides in the Scottish independence battle unveiled starkly contrasting assessments of the economic costs and...

  10. Westminster Blog

    May 14, 2014

    Improving economic data belies stubborn youth unemployment

    Danny Alexander is in a cheerful mood this morning, hailing a “jobs-rich recovery” on the back of fresh employment data. The...

  11. May 4, 2014

    Internal candidate emerges as Whitehall ‘chief financial officer’

    Whitehall has chosen a civil servant as the first finance chief in charge of its £700bn coffers, dashing hopes that a...

  12. May 1, 2014

    Scotland would be downgraded, says Moody’s

    Scotland will suffer a double downgrade of its credit rating if it votes for independence this year, one of the world’s...

  13. April 30, 2014

    UK Treasury steps up drive against Scottish independence

    The UK Treasury is stepping up its drive against Scottish independence with a speech by chief secretary Danny Alexander that...

  14. April 28, 2014

    City lawyer’s analysis warns of ‘uncertainty’ threat of EU exit

    Britain’s basic commercial regime would be cast into “uncertainty and doubt” by years or decades of diplomatic wrangling if...

  15. April 27, 2014

    UK Treasury prepares to ‘bust’ myths around Scottish independence

    The UK government is preparing to mount its biggest assault yet on the Scottish government’s fiscal case for independence, a...

  16. April 24, 2014

    Cornish nationalists celebrate start of parity

    Cornish pasties and clotted cream are already protected under EU law, but on Thursday the people west of the River Tamar...

  17. April 24, 2014

    Cornwall granted minority status by Europe

    Cornwall’s claims to a separate culture, language and identity are to be recognised by Europe, the UK government will...

  18. April 9, 2014

    Liberal Democrats make fresh push on UK mansion tax

    Owners of homes worth more than £2m would be hit with a new levy based on higher council tax bands, under a revised “mansion...

  19. March 31, 2014

    Alistair Darling moots UK vote on Scottish currency union

    The campaign against Scottish independence was thrown into disarray on Monday when its leader left open the possibility of...

  20. March 29, 2014

    Coalition denies Scotland currency is just campaign tactic

    George Osborne and Danny Alexander have been forced to deny that an independent Scotland would be allowed to join a currency...

  21. Westminster Blog

    March 26, 2014

    LIVE: Clegg vs Farage - The Europe debate

    With two months to go until the European elections, the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party went...

  22. March 24, 2014

    Cameron’s coalition is a bazaar for big, radical ideas

    Historians of the coalition government will have to work out how Britain came to be governed so radically by such...

  23. March 13, 2014

    Danny Alexander finds £1bn for potential tax cuts in UK Budget

    Danny Alexander, Treasury chief secretary, has freed up £1bn for potential tax cuts in the Budget with a shake-up of the way...

  24. March 13, 2014

    Unions slam 1% public sector pay rise

    Trade unions threatened industrial action on Thursday as the government announced below inflation pay rises for hundreds of...

  25. March 9, 2014

    Clegg vows to remain head of Lib Dems

    Nick Clegg has promised to remain at the head of the Liberal Democrats for at least the next six years, after a flurry of...

  26. March 9, 2014

    Political risk on agenda in UK boardrooms

    Political risk is shooting up the agenda in Britain’s boardrooms. On issues from energy prices to the immigration debate, to...

  27. March 8, 2014

    Danny Alexander tipped to replace Vince Cable in Lib Dem role

    Vince Cable, the business secretary, rallied Liberal Democrats on Friday night in a Tory-bashing spring conference speech in...

  28. March 7, 2014

    Danny Alexander warns Scots on the risk to pensions

    Scottish households would see the cost of their pensions and other financial products rise in the event of independence,...

  29. March 6, 2014

    Danny Alexander calls for looser immigration rules

    Britain will need looser immigration rules over the next decade to help plug a yawning employment gap in engineering and...

  30. March 4, 2014

    Liberal Democrats name team to lead coalition negotiations

    Nick Clegg has named a five-person Liberal Democrat team, headed by close ally Danny Alexander, to prepare for coalition...

  31. February 28, 2014

    Treasury looks at penalties for investors who leave homes empty

    Danny Alexander, the Treasury chief secretary s looking to target property investors who buy expensive homes only to leave...

  32. February 27, 2014

    Alexander says many companies want to speak against independence

    Standard Life and RBS are just the first of many Scottish companies concerned about the business risks of independence,...

  33. February 24, 2014

    Scottish bonds ‘will be riskier than Gilts’

    It is now certain that Scotland will issue its own bonds, but the big question is whether this will de done by an...

  34. February 19, 2014

    Scotland minister warns on UK cost of refusal to share pound

    British taxpayers could be landed with an annual debt service bill of up to £5.5bn if London refuses to share the pound with...

  35. February 19, 2014

    Scotland gains access to capital markets with right to sell bonds

    Scotland will be able to issue its own bonds to borrow money, Danny Alexander has announced, as the government looks to...

  36. Westminster Blog

    February 13, 2014

    Sir Nick Macpherson: very bold, perm sec

    We’ve known for two days that George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls were about to rule out sharing the pound with an...

  37. February 13, 2014

    George Osborne rules out sharing pound with an independent Scotland

    George Osborne has emphatically dismissed Scottish National party calls for a post-independence currency union, warning...

  38. Off Message

    February 12, 2014

    The pound is the SNP's poison

    An independent Scotland would be refused entry to a monetary union with the rest of the UK, according to reports on...

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