Week of Mar 13 – Mar 19

Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.

3-19-12

David Cameron unveils plan to sell off the roads

Sovereign wealth funds to be allowed to lease motorways in England, says prime minister

Four conclusions about Cameron’s 48 hours in Washington

Political boost for Cameron: Remember all that talk that Barack Obama and David Cameron wouldn’t get on? It seems a long, long time ago.

Infrastricture

David Cameron is making a speech today about “infrastructure”. When Downing Street put out an operational note about this yesterday, I had a Star Wars moment: “a bad feeling about this”.

How did a Conservative Chancellor deliver 7% growth after the 1930s Depression?

As George Osborne and his Treasury team finalise the Budget, their ears ringing with the appeals of all and sundry about what to do, they could do worse than consider the last time that Britain was caught up in a global financial crisis, when we led the world to recovery: the 1930s.

3-18-12

Osborne has nothing to learn from America

When the US economy springs to life, it will be because of the Americans’ entrepreneurial spirit.

George Osborne is about to make a tremendous political gamble

If cutting the top rate of tax is not to be seen as a budget for the rich, the affluent will have to pay in other ways

The Coalition’s battle over tax cuts hots up

The prospect of tax changes in next week’s Budget is causing frantic manoeuvring within the Coalition.

Britain needs a Budget for growth and enterprise

The controversial 50p tax rate on those earning more than £150,000 should be scrapped.

3-17-12

Ed Balls: working for Gordon Brown was ‘debilitating’

Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, has delivered his most strident critique yet of Gordon Brown’s leadership, declaring that his former boss will never be remembered as a great prime minister.

Ever wondered how George Osborne can be a part-time Chancellor?

It’s all down to Rupert Harrison, the most powerful man you’ve never heard of…

Who is right on the NHS? You decide

Shirley Willams accused Polly Toynbee of lying. Toynbee said Williams copped out. Now, at the NHS bill’s 11th hour, they take each other on

3-16-12

Budget 2012: George Osborne’s task has barely started

Of the Chancellor’s planned spending cuts, only one pound in twenty has been implemented, writes Andrew Haldenby.

London, the most grotesque city in the world: haunt of Bashar, Boris and Ken

Even Dr Johnson would tire of modern London, where bigwigs welcome global scumbags and nobody else matters

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