The bonds between David Cameron and George Osborne grow ever tighter - Telegraph
David Cameron has allegedly told a Cabinet colleague in private that George Osborne was to blame for the devastating row over cuts to. These days George Osborne is rarely seen in public without a hard hat and a the relationship between the Chancellor and the Mayor of London goes. Under David Cameron, a cabinet minister has had to resign and go to. David Cameron and George Osborne, the political duo responsible for the post austerity drive, have reemerged to celebrate the UK hitting.
His economic instincts are reforming, free market and libertarian; he used to be willing to consider a flat rate of tax. It would be a loss if Mr Osborne were never able to be Chancellor in good times.
If he had the latitude, he would be the most radical occupant of No 11 since Nigel Lawson. Like many intellectual Tories, he not only follows American politics closely, he has a strong partisan allegiance.
Were he an American citizen, he would be a committed Republican. Mr Cameron reserves his partisanship for the UK. It is as if Mr Cameron were the historian.
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He is fascinated by the evolution of British society: How do you harmonise social stability and economic dynamism? Indeed, there are respects in which more divergence might be beneficial.
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Had Mr Cameron been running for president of the United States, he would not have been allowed to choose Mr Osborne as his running-mate. They look too alike. The same height and the same age, from similar backgrounds, both drawn towards similar dark-blue suits: Mr Cameron would have been urged to find a different-sounding Veep: There was a further problem.
Inwhen Mr Cameron was about to become leader and Mr Osborne was shadow chancellor, their combined age was still under A lot of able Tory MPs found this depressing, and went around making bitter jokes about feeling washed up at That moment passed, but for the next four years, whenever the Tories stumbled in the polls, there were grumblings about the need for a new shadow chancellor.
Mr Cameron took no notice. From the outset, he was convinced that he had found the right Chancellor. He revelled in writing detailed articles about the lessons Westminster could learn from American politics. Several of these were written for The Spectator when Boris Johnson was the editor, which shows how far back the relationship between the Chancellor and the Mayor of London goes.
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This was based on an academic model for predicting US presidential elections results. Osborne claimed that if any government held six of these keys or more, it would be re-elected.David Cameron and George Osborne make rare joint public appearance
The first test was: Between andGDP per capita grew by 9. But between and it shrank by 0. In this parliament so far, it has risen by 4.
Osborne believed the economy to be of such importance that it warranted a second test: Set against this, however, inflation is strikingly low at 0. After these two economic questions came: There has been some social unrest under the coalition — most notably the student protests in and the riots that gripped London and other major cities in the summer of But it would be hard to claim that trouble in the inner cities has been a major feature of the past five years.
Indeed, government ministers have been surprised at the lack of street opposition.