from The Great Debate UK:

Budget day: Politics not economics

By Guest Contributor
March 17, 2014

--Sam Hill is Senior UK economist at RBC. The opinions expressed are his own.--

The headlines generated by the forthcoming UK budget are likely to be political rather than economic; the general election is next year. Despite a faster than expected fall in unemployment and inflation, macroeconomic developments since the December autumn statement present limited scope for forecast revisions to government borrowing. But come the post-budget analysis, some of the seemingly esoteric revised economic assumptions may have important consequences for how the budget is perceived politically.

from The Great Debate UK:

Budget preview: Don’t expect pyrotechnics

By Guest Contributor
March 17, 2014

--Nick Beecroft is Chairman, Saxo Capital Markets, Saxo Bank. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from The Great Debate UK:

Budget background: Dark with light patches

March 17, 2014

--Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from The Great Debate:

Britain’s austerity experiment is faltering

By Nicholas Wapshott
March 28, 2012

It was the Welsh sage Alan Watkins who remarked that a budget that looked good the day it was delivered to the British Parliament was sure to look terrible a week later, and vice versa. The avalanche of new information dumped by the Treasury is simply too much to grasp at a single sitting, and governments tend to bury bad news in a welter of statistics. And so it proved with finance minister George Osborne’s budget served up last week.

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Should Obama mimic David Cameron’s austerity?

By Nicholas Wapshott
July 27, 2011

By Nicholas Wapshott
The opinions expressed are his own.

In medieval times, a key member of a monarch’s retinue was the food taster, a hapless fellow who ate what his master was about to eat. If the taster survived, the food was deemed safe for the king’s consumption. President Obama has a taster of sorts in David Cameron, the British prime minister, who has embarked upon an economic experiment that echoes the recipe of wholesale public spending cuts and tax hikes needed if both sides in Congress are to agree to raising the federal government debt ceiling. How the British economy is faring offers Obama an idea of what a similarly radical policy of cutting and taxing here would mean to the American economy.

from The Great Debate UK:

Thinking outside the budget-shaped box

July 6, 2010

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- Dave Coplin is national technology editor at Microsoft UK. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from The Great Debate UK:

VAT rise – is it really that bad?

June 29, 2010

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Rachel Mason is public relations manager at Fair Investment Company. The opinions expressed are her own.-

from The Great Debate UK:

Entrepreneurs needed if the UK is going to make up the deficit

June 22, 2010

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-Joe White is managing director of Moonfruit.com. The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as UK Chancellor George Osborne makes an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.-

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Osborne to show no sympathy for middle or high earners

June 21, 2010

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-Nick Earl is partner at chartered financial planners Wardour Partners LLP. The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as UK Chancellor George Osborne makes  an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.-