from MacroScope:

‘Ken Clarke for Chancellor’ is no joke

April 6, 2010

Ken Clarke shouldn’t underestimate how strongly the city economists polled by Reuters last week want to see him serve as Britain’s finance minister next term.

Budget for votes riskily delays UK debt pain

March 25, 2010

BRITAIN-BUDGET/– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Hug a politician: the new election strategy

March 3, 2010

brown_cameronYou know an election campaign is in full swing the world over when pictures start appearing of politicians kissing babies. But with a general election now just two months away, UK politicians seem to be have found new targets for their displays of affection: each other.

What is Alistair Darling up to?

February 25, 2010

darling Normally regarded as a safe pair of hands, Chancellor Alistair Darling raised hell on Tuesday night by confirming on live television what everyone in Westminster has believed for some time.

Has Alistair Darling done enough to revive Labour’s electoral hopes?

By Reuters Staff
December 9, 2009

So how was it for you?

Chancellor Alistair Darling threw the dice in his pre-budget report in an attempt to bolster Labour’s chances of winning the general election in 2010.

Too big to fail? Guerrilla central banking and the last resort

November 25, 2009

ukreuterscomDeciding it was safe to come clean because banks are now on a more even keel and the worst of the credit crisis is behind us, the Bank of England has told the nation that at the height of the turmoil it secretly lent Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS a colossal £62 billion, which is more than the entire British defence budget.

from The Great Debate UK:

Send your questions to Alistair Darling

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2009

darlingDo you have a question you would like to ask Chancellor Alistair Darling? Now is your chance.

Financial regulation plan: white paper or white flag?

July 8, 2009

Chancellor Alistair Darling set out new plans to strengthen regulation of financial markets on Wednesday. The white paper proposes enforcing higher levels of capital for banks and increasing liquidity to prevent a re-run of the credit crunch.

Punters cash in on Darling’s budget tie choice

April 22, 2009

Smokers and top earners were clear losers in Britain’s budget this year, as the government hiked taxes on cigarettes and the highest incomes.

What did you think of the Budget?

April 22, 2009

Chancellor Alistair Darling has made his second annual Budget speech to parliament. Among the measures announced to the House were an increase in petrol duty of 2p per litre in September and a 2 percent increase in alcohol and tobacco duties from tonight.