Category Archives: Economy

Autumn Statement: the good, the bad and the ugly

So, the Chancellor has given his Autumn Statement. Liberal Democrat reaction is likely to be at best mixed. Will people feel that the balance of tax and benefit measures is sufficient to support our claims that we are making the … Continue reading

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Autumn Statement gloom…..

I never look forward to George Osborne getting up on his feet in the House of Commons. It’s not entirely his fault, and I do know that he’s not getting to give the statement that he would like to because … Continue reading

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Lib Dems stop Tories from taking Housing Benefit from the Under 25s

One bit of very good news on welfare front – the Liberal Democrats have held firm and told George Osborne where to shove his ridiculous plan to take Housing Benefit away from under 25s, according to yesterday’s Observer. Nor is … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg on Andrew Marr this morning – Eurozone, human rights, immigration and vested interests

Another superb performance from Nick Clegg on Andrew Marr this morning. As befits someone who was there when the Euro was born, working for then EU Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittain, he showed that he really knows his stuff on … Continue reading

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Only comfort from gloomy Autumn Statement – Lib Dem win on benefit rise

I look outside and see nothing but gloom and darkness and wildness tonight. I could be George Osborne looking out at the economy. No, scrub that. I could never be George Osborne. But there seriously isn’t much to take any … Continue reading

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>Tavish Scott’s 30 day business boosting plan

>It probably shouldn’t take me two posts to write about one leader’s speech to conference, but I thought that this part was so important that it deserved its own star billing. The election takes place on 5th May. By my daughter’s … Continue reading

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>Nick Clegg rounds off good week with positive speech on the economy

> Our Nick Clegg has had a very good week. Some of it was his own making – like the fantastic announcement he made on mental health the other day. It was so refreshing to see a politician actually getting … Continue reading

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>Ok, I’m scared about the economy now – Lib Dems need to watch this carefully

>There is no pretending that today’s news of an unexpected contraction of the economy is in any way good. I’m no economist, but there’s I didn’t come down in the last shower either, so I don’t buy George Osborne’s airy … Continue reading

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>Avoiding a new North South divide

>Today’s unemployment figures continue to make depressing reading for those of us living in Scotland.  It’s worrying to see the trend of the last year or so continuing with Scotland’s unemployment rising while it’s falling in the UK overall. 34,000 … Continue reading

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>"There is no money left" jokes Labour’s Byrne as Lib Dem laws promises social justice

>I saw via Twitter this morning that there was something going round saying that Liam Byrne, Labour’s former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, had left a note for his successor saying starkly and simply “Dear Chief Secretary, There is no … Continue reading

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