What would you like to see in the chancellor’s autumn statement? | Debate of the day

Debate of the day: George Osborne delivers his ‘mini-budget’ on Wednesday. Tell us what economic measures you think he should be announcing George Osborne has a tough week coming up. Ahead of this Wednesday’s autumn statement, in which the chancellor will update the country on the government’s plans for the economy, Larry Elliott writes in […]


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Leveson report: with politicians in deadlock, the ball bounces back to the press | Andrew Rawnsley

As the Leveson proposals split the party leaders, newspapers have a final opportunity to prove a law is not needed I hear Australia is nice at this time of the year. It must certainly be a more pleasant climate for Brian Leveson, who left for the other side of the world as soon as he […]


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The Lib Dems aren’t going to rescue themselves by being timid | Andrew Rawnsley

They need to be seen as kinder than the Tories, safer with the economy than Labour and more radical than either It is a paradox that may or may not console the Lib Dems. Britain does not love its coalition – in fact, many members of the coalition do not much like it themselves – […]


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Only Cameron can rescue the coalition. But does he want to? | Andrew Rawnsley

Unless the prime minister deals with the wreckers in his party, the Lib Dems will scupper boundary changes In the honeymoon days, when the atmosphere within the coalition was so light and breezy that David Cameron and Nick Clegg could be amused by the differences between their parties, they shared a private joke. The Lib […]


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House of Lords reform: another can kicked down another road | Editorial

The coalition has been weakened. Cameron-Clegg relations have been strained. The loss of shared purpose is palpable Forced to make a choice about its priorities, the coalition government placed the importance of its own survival above the importance of its bill to reform the House of Lords. By withdrawing the timetabling or programme motion which […]


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Nick Clegg to announce new employee ownership institute

The London Stock Exchange is to launch a new FTSE Employee Share Ownership Index In a speech on Wednesday at a summit on employee ownership at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is expected to announce the establishment of an Institute for Employee Ownership. According to Mr […]


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Letters: Message to Clegg: it’s the economy, stupid

Nick Clegg (The centre will hold, 7 May) sets out three lessons for the government from the local elections – and I agree with him. But he is also leader of the Liberal Democrats and his lesson for the party focused on more political reform, rather than any change in economic strategy. Yet in London […]


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Health and social care bill: in need of radical surgery | Editorial

Nick Clegg’s proposed amendments do not safeguard the NHS against privatisation The last time a proposition was put to the country with such a slippery argument, the Liberal Democrats made a defiant stand, and said “not in our name”. The health and social care bill is not the Iraq war, but the claimed rationale has […]


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The Osborne budget will do just enough to save Nick Clegg’s face | Andrew Rawnsley

The Lib Dem leader’s call for help for low earners will probably be heeded, but Tories won’t concede a wealth tax There are not many people in George Osborne’s Treasury who would admit to any nostalgia for the days when Gordon Brown was king of the great counting house. For the current chancellor and his […]


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