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UK: Philip Hammond faces mutiny from Brexit ministers as Whitehall departments demand more money after Budget ‘shambles’ -- Foreign Office, Trade Department ordered to outline 6 per cent spending cut

Philip Hammond and Theresa May CREDIT:  TOBY MELVILLE/PA WIRE

By Ben Riley-Smith, assistant political editor
The Telegraph

18 MARCH 2017 • 10:00PM

Brexit ministers have demanded Philip Hammond pays for hundreds of extra officials amid fury that departments have been forced to find cuts. 744 more words

The Market as Automata

The Conservative government recently announced their Spring budget via the near universally derided Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond. My loathing for the Tories is undisguised but when they announce their budget for the year ahead it is time to pay particular attention as it describes, better than any rhetoric, what the beliefs and ideologies of Conservatives are and most importantly where their faith lies which is (and seemingly always has been) in that strange and ephemeral thing: The Market. 1,526 more words


Government cowers in the face of the White Van Man (WVM)

In scrapping the proposed tax rise for the self-employed, Philip Hammond bottled an opportunity to get to grips with a changing labour market

Philip Hammond’s announcement in last week’s budget that he would raise National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed was savaged from the start, seen in particular as an attack on male drivers of a certain vehicle of a certain colour. 896 more words


The Telegraph - Brexit Bulletin

Good afternoon.

Humiliation seemed inevitable for Philip Hammond after it emerged, just before Prime Minister’s Questions, that he was shelving the flagship part of his Spring Budget… 402 more words


#NIC U-turn - what can we summise?

Hammond has now done a spectacular U-turn on the NIC increase for the self employed in his budget.

The speed at which this has happened signals to me that the government is very keen to be seen to be doing the right thing and representing their population. 95 more words

Jeremy Corbyn - Labour's Attack Dog (Stop Laughing At The Back)

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have praised the Labour leader’s performance at yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, despite his apparent inability to hit a cow’s arse with a banjo, politically speaking. 393 more words


Theresa May 'U-turns' budget over National Insurance hike

Government finally admitted defeat amid anger over policy but Brexiteers still are plotting a coup to axe Hammond and dominate Cabinet 616 more words

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