ElsewhereMarch 13, 2018 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere10 CommentsPhilip Hammond is using the same basic plan as Gordon Brown, but taxing and spending more previousTimes subs? Tsk, tsk I meannextIdiots 10 thoughts on “Elsewhere” dearieme March 13, 2018 at 7:25 pm I thought Brown a less awful PM than many do, and a much worse Chancellor. So the Worstall summary does not make my heart sing. Pcar March 13, 2018 at 8:13 pm @dearieme +1 @Tim, Good summary. Hammond is more socialist “moar tax” than Osborne. Neither has made any sensible, significant reductions in Gov’t spending by ceasing funding many of the sprawling empire of unnecessary Gov’t Depts, Quangos and tax sucking “charities”. Pcar March 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm On poor Governing of UK: Mr President, Britain needs your urgent intervention Dear Mr President, We need your help. We, as British citizens, are becoming increasingly alarmed by our slide from a proud democratic nation to one where intimidation, collusion and lawlessness reigns supreme – terrifyingly, not just among our political adversaries but also by the state at large including the UK Government, mainstream media and public institutions. The more the state continues this censorship, the more people will be attracted to Tommy, Jayda etc and their demand for free speech & equality in law. Bernie G. March 13, 2018 at 9:39 pm Hammond is captive to the spirit of the times, engaged in a beauty contest with Labour for which of the two parties will borrow and spend the most. Unfortunately for us, Spreadsheet Phil’s principal card (a Conservative government’s reputation for economic competence) is a busted flush. Martin March 13, 2018 at 11:11 pm Bernie G – it may be a busted flush – is it better than the hand we’d get with John McDonnell, Jeremy ‘I’m voting against the Labour Party 535 times’ Corbyn and Labour? Bernie G. March 14, 2018 at 12:33 am Martin, yes, true! And in the old days, though people would be seduced by Labour’s jam today, tomorrow and ever more pitch, when their pencil hovered above the voting slip, they’d think ‘it’s the economy, stupid’, and do the right thing. Nowadays, thanks in part to the current government missing each and every target they themselves set, voters believe the Conservatives little better. Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist March 14, 2018 at 1:31 am Tim, you’re appearing right above Yasmain Alibhai-Brown. Quite an honour. For her, that is. MyBurningEars March 14, 2018 at 3:14 am I think the article would have been strengthened by quoting some relevant %s of GDPs – perhaps when Brown took over as Chancellor, when he finished as PM, and where we are now. I am under the impression most people don’t know just how much money it has become normal for the government to spend. In fairness with an older population that was a % that was bound to go up somewhat even without the financial crisis – is anyone more statistically aware than me able to hazard just how many percentage points are purely due to demographic changes? – though surely there is more to it than that. MC March 14, 2018 at 4:28 am Hector – I don’t think anyone would be happy to be seen on top of Yasmin A-B. Rob March 14, 2018 at 11:25 am Tim, you’re appearing right above Yasmain Alibhai-Brown. Drop something on her head. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.