Daily Archives: December 11, 2009

Jim Pickard

Gordon Brown was meant to be going out to the Copenhagen talks for Thursday and Friday next week. Now I’m told he has changed his schedule to arrive at least a day earlier – perhaps even on the Tuesday. Read more

Jim Pickard

The Guardian has splashed this morning on a story that Darling wanted to impose a VAT rise above 17.5 per cent in the PBR but was prevented from doing so by the prime minister. Instead the Treasury agreed to increase National Insurance; in 2011.

The story has been cast as part of a wider dispute over how fast to cut the UK deficit. Read more