George Osborne freezes fuel duty in autumn statement

Chancellor cancels planned 3p a litre tax rise, bowing to opposition from consumer groups and MPs The chancellor has bowed to pressure from consumer groups and his own parliamentary colleagues by cancelling the planned rise in fuel duty. George Osborne announced in his autumn statement that he would be freezing the tax on fuel, rather […]


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Could the Hillsborough lies ever happen again? | Gaby Hinsliff

The most corrosive effect of the conviction that we don’t get the truth out of those in power is that it breeds a refusal to listen This is the truth that so nearly wasn’t told. Remember that on Wednesday, when the independent inquiry on the Hillsborough football stadium disaster finally unleashes a flood of confidential papers, and with them […]


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Ed Balls misses the grumpy chancellor | Michael White’s sketch

MPs on both sides piled in to condemn wicked bankers and incompetent regulators – at least those not on their watch Quite apart from the latest banking scam, Westminster suffered a small domestic tragedy on Thursday. George Osborne felt obliged to assure MPs in person that he is almost as angry as they are about […]


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