Throwaway Phil embraces austerity-lite to save his own skin | John Crace

Gambling with the country’s cash? That’s as maybe, but at least his job is safe … for nowShortly before she was due to address the Nordic Council in Oslo, Theresa May was asked if she was planning on calling a snap general election. “No,” she replied sternly. “A general election would not be in the national interest.” As this was precisely the same answer she had given seven times before calling last year’s snap general election, many MPs must have feared the worst.Though one definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake and expecting a different result, it was still a fair question. Not least because no one can any longer count on the prime minister being sound of mind. How else to explain a budget in which the chancellor appears to have undergone a total personality change? Continue reading…

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