British autumn statement: overview

Sean Whelan George Osborne’s autumn statement was quite a show, theatrical hand-waving and all. But if you look at the details, they’re extremely gory

30th December, 2014
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George Osborne, chancellor of Britain, delivers his autumn statement in the House of Commons on Thursday Picture: PA

With an economy set for 3 per cent growth this year – the highest in the G7 – and unemployment down to 6 per cent, it would be easy to think that things are going fine in the British economy and, implicitly, in the public finances there. But a quick skim through George Osborne’s autumn statement this week will swiftly change your mind.

While the Irish government is doing everything it can to convince people...

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