Rarely will we see a Chancellor so clearly enjoying a Budget. George Osborne seemed to take pleasure in knocking down his opponents' claims.Read the full story ›
The problem is that it is a very difficult argument to make - but there is an argument to be made for MPs to be allowed outside interests on the grounds that it attracts a slightly greater breadth of professional people into the House of Commons. MPs also say they are not paid enough. Well that really depends on who you compare them to I suppose. But the difficulty for them is really simple.
It is not like it is the world's biggest secret what MPs are paid. It's right there on the tin when you take the job. More to the point, when all of us send our MPs to the Commons, it is really clear that we want them to represent our interests.
We do not particularly want them to represent the interests of company X or company Y - for any reason. That's the reality. That's why these scandals will keep recurring until, I am afraid, MPs are banned from taking on any outside consultancies, and it doesn't look like that's about to happen.
A new poll has suggested that Labour is up, but with so many pre-election polls being run are the results actually telling us anything.Read the full story ›
The Tories just want to avoid TV debates, or at least any version of them that resembles what happened last time.Read the full story ›
Labour's spending claim is baffling while the Tories take a low road to stop their rivals having their cake and eating it. What's going on?Read the full story ›
There has been a lot of controversy over the Tories' proposed spending cuts in the next parliament today.Read the full story ›
There were a limited number of new measures, but it is the headline figures on growth that ministers will really want to shout about.Read the full story ›
The budget just gets put out over a week now, no longer as a single day event, or the mini budget as we should more accurately call this.Read the full story ›
With the Autumn Statement fast approaching, we'll be discussing and hopefully explaining what can be expected in the next big announcement.Read the full story ›