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MPs' Tweeting and iPads allowed

At last, the forces of progress have won the day. The Commons Procedure Committee has today produced a report on "Use of hand-held electronic devices in the  Chamber and committees". In a nutshell, it concludes tha...

That North Sea tax problem

Yesterday, Treasury officials were adamant that there was "zero chance" that oil firms would seek to hike up pump prices to cover the tax hit imposed by the Chancellor. It took Danny Alexander a while to get fully bri...

That pesky GDP deflator

Buried in the Office for Budget Responsiblity's Economic and Fiscal Outlook today is its assessment of the GDP deflator. "What's that?" I hear you say. Well, it's a measure of inflation that allows Governments to tran...

Spinners and losers

No Budget day is complete without the post-Budget briefing huddle taking place in the Commons with Treasury officials and advisers. In years gone by, Ed Balls himself used to do the spinning and so is well versed in h...

Osborne's Opportunity

Carrying his (brand new) red Budget box, George Osborne left his West London home today with an inscrutable, poker-faced expression. In fact, the main PR job of a Chancellor in austere times is to ensure you don't smi...

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