Magazine article The Spectator

A-Minus, Chancellor

Magazine article The Spectator

A-Minus, Chancellor

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Although he did not pay quite as much least some of the important lessons we prepared for him a fortnight ago in our issue entitled: 'How to Fix Britain'. Mr Osborne fell short of implementing Norman Tebbit's suggestion that he reduce fuel duty, but he did at least defer the 3.02p increase that was due to take effect in January. He also heeded Allister Heath on the need for an urgent review of planning law and took a line from Dominic Raab (our backbencher of the year) who begged him to defend employers against unfair dismissal claims.

But Osborne has fallen short of our A+ grade. Not because he's gone too far, as most papers claim, but because he hasn't been nearly brave enough. As Steve Forbes points out on page 14, radical thinking is needed to save Britain from disaster. His job is not to win a game of political chess against 3 lessly employed as in making money'. But it's hard to make money if you leave school without basic qualifications - as most of the convicted rioters did.

It is anathema to the panel to focus the blame on our failing education system, or to point out that welfare-dependency in the areas hit by riots was just as high in the boom years. Sadly our government seems equally blind. …

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