John O'Neill

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Inflation stays negative for a second month

17 November 2015 11:47

Britain stayed in deflation in October, with the Consumer Prices Index falling by 0.1 per cent over the year. So far…

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Osborne looks set to miss his deficit target – again

21 October 2015 10:22

After disappointing figures last month, public borrowing in September came in lower than forecast, at £9.4bn, figures published by ONS…

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Employment figures show 42,000 more people in work

16 September 2015 10:18

Employment figures out today show that the number of people in work rose by 42,000 in the three months to…

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Inflation rate still nailed to the floor

15 September 2015 11:43

Inflation slumped back to zero in the year to August, down from a rise of 0.1 per cent in July, figures…

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Immigration hits a record high

27 August 2015 11:52

There must be an element of masochism in Theresa May that leads her to promise the electorate something she cannot…


Is the jobs miracle over?

15 July 2015 10:43

No self-congratulatory tweets from George Osborne this morning: The UK has seen its first quarter-on-quarter rise in unemployment for two…

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Inflation is now below zero – just rejoice at that news

19 May 2015 12:15

After a couple of months of teasing the rate of inflation fell below zero to -0.1 per cent in the…

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Have the Tories given up on taking seats from Labour?

24 April 2015 16:03

David Cameron and George Osborne’s campaigning is focused on seats the Tory party wants to hold onto, while Ed Miliband…

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Four things you need to know about the IFS’ manifesto analysis

23 April 2015 15:17

Nobody’s perfect, are they? The IFS found something to criticise today for all the parties — the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems…

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Even the academics don’t have a clue who will win this election

27 March 2015 19:52

Academics gathered in London today to discuss how they predict the outcome of the most unpredictable election in living memory…

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When do the children of migrants become British?

26 November 2014 17:18

When do the descendants of immigrants go from being migrants to being natives? That’s the question raised by a MigrationWatch UK…

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Miliband’s people

23 September 2014 22:14

Have you met Ed Miliband recently? Then he probably namechecked you in his speech earlier today. Unless you talked about…

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Scottish independence referendum results: what to expect

18 September 2014 19:48

Coffee House is ready to cover the independence referendum results, and we’ll be bringing you news and analysis throughout the night.…


Watch: Gordon Brown’s passionate speech in defence of the Union

17 September 2014 18:10

It’s been called rousing, barnstorming, the speech of his life. Gordon Brown’s passionate message for Scotland, which he delivered to…

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Shaun Wright stands down as South Yorkshire PCC over Rotherham sex abuse scandal

16 September 2014 10:55

Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, has resigned after weeks of pressure stemming from the publication of…

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Richard Dawkins and the cost of rationality

16 August 2014 18:35

Rationality doesn’t come cheap — not if you’re buying Richard Dawkins’ brand. In this week’s Spectator, Andrew Brown examines the costly…

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Audio: What Harriet Harman said about tax

16 July 2014 12:57

At PMQs David Cameron attacked Ed Miliband for his deputy Harriet Harman’s comments, made on an LBC phone-in show on…

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Miliband’s jobs ‘blunder’: who’s right?

1 July 2014 21:00

There’s been a bit of a fuss over the claim in Lord Adonis’s growth report—repeated in a draft of Ed…


Employment is booming. What does Rachel Reeves have to add?

22 June 2014 14:24

Here’s a funny thing: Labour claims to be the ‘party of work’, but the Tories have reasonable claim to be…

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Labour’s VAT attack misses the mark – you don’t pay it on food

9 May 2014 16:51

Labour has a long, hard slog to win arrest the public’s loss of faith in its economic competence. The party’s latest advert hasn’t helped.…

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UK GDP rises by 0.8 per cent

29 April 2014 10:49

The first estimate of the UK’s economic growth for the first quarter of this year is out – and despite missing…

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George Osborne gave us a saver’s budget. Should he have bothered?

21 March 2014 8:54

‘If you’re a saver, this budget is for you’, George Osborne said on Wednesday as he unveiled measures to let…

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The IFS’s briefing on the Budget: Four things we learned

20 March 2014 21:07

1. Two million more top-rate taxpayers  The number of people paying tax at the 40p or 45p rates is to…

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Why Osborne’s recovery might not be based on debt

31 January 2014 16:01

Is George Osborne’s recovery a credit-driven illusion? Many of his critics says so, and ask – as this magazine did…

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Poinsettias are just one victim of the energy crisis. Who’ll be next?

15 November 2013 13:32

‘For millions of families’, the Telegraph reports today, poinsettia ‘is as much a festive favourite as turkey and Christmas trees’. Which…