Leo Varadkar: the Minister for Health has indicated a €1 billion increase in health spending is required in the upcoming budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With the October budget approaching, the clamour for tax cuts and spending increases has begun and, reminiscent of the Celtic Tiger era, competing “sp(...)

‘I watched the recent Newsnight interview with Yvette Cooper in amazement. How many people was she out to alienate?’ Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Who is really powerful in the British Labour party? Who wins votes, decides policies, commands budgets, doles out jobs? Who knows how to run something(...)

Nationwide said the imposition of a banking tax by Britain’s finance minister George Osborne would  impact its ability to lend. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Britain’s biggest customer-owned lender Nationwide said a new banking tax will cost the group £300 million (€421.8 million) over the next five years,(...)

David Cameron: It is precisely his reputation as an unromantic problem-solver that allows the British government to take risks. Voters trust the Tories not to go too far as long as he is at the top. Photograph: Ben A Pruchnie/Getty Images

Leadership is to politics what productivity is to economics: not quite the only thing that matters but almost. A party with a good frontman or woman c(...)

George Osborne: accused by the opposition of a “cavalier” attitude towards taxpayers’ money. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Why now? That’s the question they were asking in the City and at Westminster as the UK government booked a £1 billion loss on the sale of the first tr(...)

Ulster Bank parent’s Royal Bank of Scotland unexpectedly posted a second-quarter profit as the British government prepares to reduce its stake in the lender, even as it set aside more money for litigation and restructuring. (Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Ulster Bank parent’s Royal Bank of Scotland unexpectedly posted a second-quarter profit as the British government prepares to reduce its stake in the(...)

British chancellor  George Osborne  and French economy minister Emmanuel Macron: the negotiations on the  Greek bailout strengthened the argument of British Eurosceptics. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images 1:04

Britain’s plan to renegotiate its relationship with the EU was back in the news this week as George Osborne kicked off a fresh round of diplomatic eff(...)

 Land Rover   manufacturing plant in Solihull, UK : Manufacturing in Britain shrank by 0.3 per cent in the second quarter, the sector’s worst performance since early 2013. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The road to economic recovery has been long and hard. Now, finally, Britain’s gross domestic product per head of population has returned to levels las(...)

Employers group Ibec said steps were needed to cut the higher marginal tax rate and the number of workers who pay it. It also called for an overhaul of childcare. Photograph: Getty Images

Business lobby Ibec has called on the Government to boost capital expenditure next year by €1 billion and ease the income tax burden on higher earners(...)

Clara (Jenna Coleman) from the forthcoming series of the BBC’s sci-fi export ‘Doctor Who’, which has been growing its audience in North America. Photograph: BBC

The BBC has got a big new show coming up called The Hunt, which “celebrates nature’s cleverest and most determined predators and their elusive prey”. (...)