Betting the House on the Budget

The last few days before what has been dubbed the ‘make or break’ Budget have not played out as Philip Hammond would have hoped. What the Chancellor would probably describe as a selective misinterpretation of his remarks on unemployment on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show have fed into the long-running media narrative that he is fighting for his job. There was a broadside from the Prime … Continue reading Betting the House on the Budget

Newgate’s Analysis of Budget 2017

On 8th March 2017, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first ever Budget Statement to the House of Commons. While this year’s Statement was relatively concise and focused compared with previous Budgets, there are a number of important takeaways. Here are Newgate’s five ‘takes’: Hammond prepares for uncertain times ahead: Despite the OBR revealing better short-term economic forecasts, compared with last November, the Chancellor maintained … Continue reading Newgate’s Analysis of Budget 2017