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post 11 December 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: which party will cut the deepest?

Ed Balls says voters have a "big choice" between rival economic strategies. But how much clear blue water really lies between the parties' plans?

post 04 December 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog The incredible shrinking state?

With drastic cuts needed to meet its economic pledges, experts fear that the government has no secret plan, but is making policy up on the hoof.

post 03 December 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: is the chancellor telling the truth, the whole truth...?

The facts and figures came thick and fast as the chancellor defended the government's stewardship of the economy today. Did he pass the FactCheck test?

post 03 December 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog On track to smallest state since 1930s? Not if Vince can help it

One Treasury source said this was "just where the graph lines happened to end up," implying no champagne popping pencilled in for the big day five years off.

article 03 December 2014 Business
Budget
Are you an autumn statement winner or loser?

Home-buyers are among the winners of the autumn statement, with many expected to save thousands of pounds on stamp duty. But it isn't all good news, we're afraid.

post 02 December 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Eight questions about the autumn statement answered

Ahead of the chancellor's Autumn Statement tomorrow, here are eight questions about the speech, the economy and the politics answered.

post 01 December 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog 'Couple of surprises' up Osborne's sleeve for autumn statement

Tory MPs tell me they suspect the chancellor's getting all his infrastructure and NHS spending news out of the way early because he's given up on getting a hearing for good news on Wednesday.

post 19 November 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog The truth about low-pay Britain

Just when the media were starting to get all breathless about the "recovery" in real wages, the government's gone and released data showing how truly and devastatingly low pay has become.

post 12 November 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Real earnings and Labour fortunes: graph lines crossed

Just as the earnings/inflation lines crossed in the right direction for the government, the Lab/Con graph lines of support crossed in the wrong direction for Labour.