Ali McGovern

Budget 2017: what the chancellor should have said

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With every budget there are three broad sets of questions. What are the problems in the economy? What is the government doing about them? And, often overlooked, what are they not doing? The interaction between these questions form the narratives that shape any budget response, but as with most political analysis, there is often far…

Philip Hammond - UK Parliament official portraits 2017

Budget 2017: missed opportunities

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The story of the autumn budget this year is one of missed opportunities combined with a very big reality check. We should embrace it as cathartic. It is only by recognising the extent of the challenges facing the UK economy that we can begin to formulate policies which are worthy of them. The budget was…