The “shotgun wedding” of Lloyds and HBOS

February 16, 2009

“If you think you want to advance on this, we will deal with the competition issues” — so said Gordon Brown to Lloyds Chairman Sir Victor Blank last September, sweeping away the one big problem to a merger between Lloyds and HBOS.

Sorry Darling, Davos is for Mandy

January 30, 2009

If there were any questions over who is number two in British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet, Davos might have helped clear them up.

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Wish I hadn’t said that…

January 21, 2009

As sterling sinks to a 7-1/2 year low against the dollar, traders and investors are wondering who was the established political figure that made the following comments when Britain was kicked out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.

Global problem or self-inflicted wound?

January 19, 2009

The government has unveiled a second package of measures aimed at getting the banks to start lending again and helping the economy off its knees.

Easing the pain for small businesses

January 14, 2009

The government has unveiled a plan to guarantee up to 20 billion pounds of loans to help small businesses survive the credit crunch.

Labour’s jobs summit

January 12, 2009

The government is to offer firms a “golden handshake” of up to 2,500 pounds for every person they recruit who has been unemployed for more than six months. Total cost of the initiative is expected to be around 500 million pounds.

Brown’s see-saw poll recovery

December 2, 2008

A ComRes/Independent poll this week says Gordon Brown has staged a stunning political recovery and that the Labour party is now just one point behind David Cameron and the Conservatives.

The arrest of Damian Green, MP

December 1, 2008

The furore over the arrest of Conservative shadow immigration secretary   Damian Green for leaking government documents has reached such a pitch that there is talk of MPs disrupting Wednesday’s state opening of parliament.

Drawing up the Battle Lines

November 25, 2008

Newspapers were in no doubt of the significance of the pre-budget report – this was a defining moment in British politics.

A profound shift in party politics

November 19, 2008

David Cameron’s decision to ditch a major Conservative pledge to match Labour spending plans pound for pound was hailed by commentators as an important step in the politics of the recession, opening up a clear gulf between the two main parties’ economic policies but exposing the Tories to considerable risk.