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‘Rave reviews for Rishi Sunak’s budget may age quickly’
Rishi Sunak presents a post-budget press briefing.
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‘Rave reviews for Rishi Sunak’s budget may age quickly’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
5 Mar 2021
Instant Opinion: Brexit Britain built on ‘Microsoft model’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London.
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Instant Opinion: Brexit Britain built on ‘Microsoft model’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 20 October
20 Oct 2020
Coronavirus: will the pandemic change our economic system?
UK economy
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Coronavirus: will the pandemic change our economic system?

Long-term effects expected to include more government debt and fewer calls for privatisation
6 May 2020
Prime minister delivers breathless daily briefing
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Prime minister delivers breathless daily briefing

Concern over prime minister’s health at first daily briefing since hospitalisation
1 May 2020
Where does bailout money come from and who will pay for it?
Chancellor Rishi Sunak
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Where does bailout money come from and who will pay for it?

Government’s multi-billion pound stimulus package could usher in another decade of austerity
27 Mar 2020
Man who starved to death’s plea to welfare officials
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Man who starved to death’s plea to welfare officials

Errol Graham wrote letter pleading with DWP to ‘judge me fairly’
28 Feb 2020
Marmot 2020: the worst places for life expectancy in England
Jaywick, Poverty, Essex, Austerity
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Marmot 2020: the worst places for life expectancy in England

Damning new report says increases in expected life spans have stalled over past decade as health cuts take toll
25 Feb 2020

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British wages are being squeezed - here’s why
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British wages are being squeezed - here’s why

Report says former Labour heartlands in the north of England have been hit hardest
12 Feb 2020
Instant Opinion: BBC in trouble ‘because UK TV is now bad'
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Instant Opinion: BBC in trouble ‘because UK TV is now bad'

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 10 February
10 Feb 2020
‘National scandal’ as 5,000 people die after benefits error
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‘National scandal’ as 5,000 people die after benefits error

Government underpaid 70,000 claimants by £340m between 2011 and 2014
17 Jan 2020
The countries hit by major protests in 2019
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The countries hit by major protests in 2019

Millions have taken to the streets across the globe this year demanding change
19 Nov 2019
What happened to fiscal conservatism?
Boris Johnson
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What happened to fiscal conservatism?

Tories shift from austerity to magic money trees
14 Oct 2019
The David Cameron interview - what did the former PM say?
David Cameron
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The David Cameron interview - what did the former PM say?

Tory spoke of his ‘regret’ over the divided country but insisted mounting the EU referendum was the right decision
17 Sep 2019
Instant Opinion: ‘Why are Millennials so boring?’
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Instant Opinion: ‘Why are Millennials so boring?’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 5 August
5 Aug 2019
Study finds more than 4m in UK are trapped in deep poverty
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Study finds more than 4m in UK are trapped in deep poverty

Anti-poverty campaigners say austerity has reversed progress
29 Jul 2019
Instant Opinion: fixing climate change easier than we think
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Instant Opinion: fixing climate change easier than we think

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 26 July
26 Jul 2019
Child hunger: is the Government breaking human rights laws?
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Child hunger: is the Government breaking human rights laws?

Human Rights Watch report says Tory welfare cuts caused ‘hunger crisis’
20 May 2019
May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ for abuse victims
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May vows to end ‘postcode lottery’ for abuse victims

PM announces legal duty for councils to provide help for victims and their children.
13 May 2019
Why is UK life expectancy falling?
Pensioners exercise in London's first purpose built 'Senior Playground' in Hyde Park
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Why is UK life expectancy falling?

Predicted age of death drops by six months as experts warn that decline in longevity is ‘trend as opposed to a blip’
8 Mar 2019
Theresa May accused of £1.6bn ‘bribe’ for Brexit votes
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Theresa May accused of £1.6bn ‘bribe’ for Brexit votes

Prime minister has allocated majority of funding boost to leave-voting towns in north of England and Midlands
4 Mar 2019
Why ‘Dickensian diseases’ are on the rise in the UK
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Why ‘Dickensian diseases’ are on the rise in the UK

Surge in scarlet fever, malnutrition, whooping cough and gout blamed on austerity measures
7 Feb 2019
British children facing Christmas homeless crisis
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British children facing Christmas homeless crisis

At least 130,000 youngsters will be living in temporary accommodation this festive season, a rise of 59% in five years
6 Dec 2018
Harry Leslie Smith: left-wing activist dies aged 95
Harry Leslie Smith
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Harry Leslie Smith: left-wing activist dies aged 95

Admirers of tireless anti-austerity campaigner flood Twitter with #IStandWithHarry hashtag
28 Nov 2018
Labour dismisses Hammond's 'broken promises Budget'
Jeremy Corbyn
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Labour dismisses Hammond's 'broken promises Budget'

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell say austerity is far from over
30 Oct 2018
Budget 2018: three things you might have missed
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Budget 2018: three things you might have missed

Beer drinkers will be toasting the Chancellor, but self-employed workers feel short changed
30 Oct 2018
No-deal Brexit would require emergency budget, says Hammond
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No-deal Brexit would require emergency budget, says Hammond

Chancellor warns end to austerity plan due to be announced today could be cancelled in a no-deal scenario
29 Oct 2018
Could police cuts could swing the next election?
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Could police cuts could swing the next election?

MPs warn of ‘dire consequences’ without extra funding, in what may prove Labour’s surprise trump card
26 Oct 2018
Austerity ‘squarely to blame’ for rise in prison violence
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Austerity ‘squarely to blame’ for rise in prison violence

Labour look to link sharp rise in attacks and self-harm to government spending cuts
26 Oct 2018
Are lotteries a tax on the poor?
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Are lotteries a tax on the poor?

As one lucky US lottery winner pockets nearly a billion dollars, old accusations are refuelled
25 Oct 2018
End austerity or eliminate the deficit?
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End austerity or eliminate the deficit?

Theresa May faces ‘stark choice’ as IFS warns of massive tax hikes needed to ease squeeze on public services
17 Oct 2018
Greece to end limits on cash withdrawals
People queue for the Greek central bank at the height of the debt crisis
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Greece to end limits on cash withdrawals

Restrictions on amount of money transferred overseas will also be lifted as capital controls eased
28 Sep 2018
Local councils at breaking point as further cuts loom
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Local councils at breaking point as further cuts loom

‘Worst yet to come’ for local authorities as council bosses forced to make further £1bn savings
21 Sep 2018
Surprise surplus gives Hammond wiggle room to splash cash
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Surprise surplus gives Hammond wiggle room to splash cash

Borrowing down and tax revenue up as figures reveal budget deficit lower than expected
22 Aug 2018
Eurozone bailout programme finally ends
A 24-hour general strike against against planned austerity measures in Athens in May
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Eurozone bailout programme finally ends

Final payment to prop-up countries following the financial crisis made to Greece on Monday
20 Aug 2018
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