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    1. December 24, 2014

      Alexander attacks Osborne over cuts to UK public services

      George Osborne is planning the “wilful destruction” of public services, according to Danny Alexander, the UK chancellor’s...

    2. December 8, 2014

      Coalition suspends ‘war’ to agree deficit plan

      Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will suspend their “war” over future austerity plans this week by publishing a new...

    1. Off Message

      December 4, 2014

      Scotland's new political landscape

      The general election in May is one of the most difficult to predict in British history. The result will undermine old...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Ministers propose government-built houses

      Ministers have set out proposals for the government to directly commission house building for the first time. Danny...

    3. December 1, 2014

      Government to back £1bn Swansea tidal project

      Plans for a £1bn tidal lagoon to generate power in Swansea Bay will be given a boost when ministers announce the start of...

    4. December 1, 2014

      Clegg plans £2bn route upgrade to reach out to Land’s End

      Nick Clegg, UK deputy prime minister, will announce plans on Monday to spend £2bn on improving the main route to the south...

    5. November 23, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne pressed to reform taxes or see UK oil and gas decline

      Oil companies want George Osborne to make good his promise of tax reforms to encourage more investment in the North Sea or...

    6. November 18, 2014

      George Osborne accused of ‘grand deception’ on UK deficit

      George Osborne has been accused by his Liberal Democrat deputy at the Treasury of attempting a “grand deception” on voters...

    7. November 12, 2014

      Wage growth finally outstrips inflation

      Wage growth, the long missing ingredient in the UK’s economic recovery, finally appears to be emerging. For the first time...

    8. November 9, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Non-protected departments in line of fire

      Britain and the cuts: departments at risk A stark message greeted the coalition government when it took charge in 2010....

    9. November 6, 2014

      Supermarkets cut petrol prices after chancellor’s criticism

      Leading petrol retailers have responded to exhortations from the government to pass on recent falls in the cost of crude oil...

    10. October 28, 2014

      Public sector executives face redundancy rule change

      Well-paid public sector workers laid off and reappointed later will have to pay all or part of their redundancy money back...

    11. October 19, 2014

      Treasury rules out election giveaways as tax revenues fall short

      Cabinet ministers have been warned by the Treasury that it is likely they will have to rein in their spending in the run-up...

    12. October 18, 2014

      Alexander to replace Cable as LibDem shadow chancellor

      Vince Cable is to lose his role as the Liberal Democrats’ “shadow chancellor” at the next election, after Nick Clegg...

    13. October 13, 2014

      Minister seeks emergency winter funding for NHS

      Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander wants to use the Autumn Statement to inject emergency funding into the National...

    14. October 7, 2014

      Lib Dems start jockeying to succeed Clegg

      With the Liberal Democrats on 8 per cent in the polls and facing the possible loss of half their seats, the party’s most...

    15. October 6, 2014

      LibDems face losing most of seats back to Labour

      Opinion polls suggest the Liberal Democrats are likely to lose most of the seats they are defending against Labour at the...

    16. October 6, 2014

      Vince Cable pledges rates relief for growing businesses

      Small companies looking to expand into improved premises will be given relief on their business rates to tackle a “real...

    17. September 19, 2014

      Scottish referendum: How complacency nearly lost a united kingdom

      When scholars come to write the history of Scotland’s 2014 independence campaign they may conclude the UK was saved by an...

    18. September 19, 2014

      Pro-union campaigners cheer first result

      Pro-unionist campaigners erupted with joy to the news of the first declared result in Scotland’s independence referendum,...

    19. September 17, 2014

      Scotland jobless fall seized on by both sides

      News that Scotland’s unemployment rate has dropped below the UK’s was seized on by campaigners ahead of Thursday’s...

    20. September 15, 2014

      Scottish independence: Cameron begs Scots to avoid ‘painful divorce’

      David Cameron has made a last-ditch plea to Scots to vote against independence in this week’s referendum, begging them: “Do...

    21. September 12, 2014

      Scotland after the vote: pensions

      Scots are being promised more generous state pensions which they may be eligible to receive before pensioners in the rest of...

    22. September 11, 2014

      Downing St reception used to goad business chiefs into action

      It was at a reception at Downing Street on Monday evening that the prime minister issued a “call to arms” from Britain’s top...

    23. September 3, 2014

      Whitehall’s new boss needs powers

      Britain used to boast that it possessed a “Rolls-Royce” civil service. These days the analogy is more likely to be with a...

    24. August 1, 2014

      Cameron and Osborne accused of ‘pork barrel’ politics

      David Cameron and George Osborne were accused by the Liberal Democrats of “cynically using public money to go after marginal...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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,...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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