from Breakingviews:

Cameron takes deficit amnesia to a new level

October 1, 2014

By Ian Campbell

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from MacroScope:

The Mark and George show

By Mike Peacock
June 12, 2014

The Mansion House dinner in the City of London is one of Britain’s big set-pieces of the year featuring speeches by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and finance minister George Osborne.

from MacroScope:

Smoke signals from the Bank of England

By Mike Peacock
May 14, 2014

Given the silence that attends Bank of England policy meetings which result in no change of course, today’s quarterly inflation report is the main chance to hear the latest thinking. Governor Mark Carney will talk to the media for an hour or so after its release.

from MacroScope:

Reasons to do nothing

By Mike Peacock
April 3, 2014

It’s ECB day and the general belief is that it won’t do anything despite inflation dropping to 0.5 percent in March, chalking up its sixth successive month in the European Central Bank’s “danger zone” below 1 percent.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Osborne: Stealth convert to ‘Keynesian Thatcherism’

By Anatole Kaletsky
March 20, 2014

Britain’s government budget released this week is not a statement of economic policy. It is a program for winning next year’s general election.

from The Great Debate UK:

Is controlling your own pension really a good thing?

March 20, 2014

A central pillar of George Osborne’s 2014 budget was the announcement that pensioners will no longer have to buy an annuity upon retirement and that they would have more control of their pensions pots, including the freedom to withdraw cash without incurring penalty tax changes.

from The Great Debate UK:

Backing up the rhetoric

By Guest Contributor
March 20, 2014

John Angood–John Angood is Tax Senior Manager at BDO LLP. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from The Great Debate UK:

Osborne’s pre-election gimmicks do little to address Britain’s long-term economic problems

By Guest Contributor
March 19, 2014

Richard Wellings

--Dr Richard Wellings is Deputy Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from MacroScope:

Osborne stakes out election ground with little fiscal leeway

By Mike Peacock
March 19, 2014

The annual UK budget is always a big set piece but it’s hard to remember one where there have been fewer advance leaks – indicative of a steady-as-she-goes approach by George Osborne.
Having put so much political capital into reducing the deficit, to switch now at a time when the economy is recovering strongly would be politically risky. And with debt falling only slowly there is little fiscal leeway.

from The Great Debate UK:

Predictions and wish list for the Chancellor’s 2014 Budget

By Guest Contributor
March 17, 2014

--John Angood is Tax Senior Manager at BDO LLP. The opinions expressed are his own.-