Official data and, particularly, anecdotal evidence suggests that Dublin prices, at least, have stopped rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Housing and house prices are a problem in many – perhaps most – major economies. Policies to deal with this are often easy to design but fiendishly di(...)

 British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: widely regarded as prime minister in waiting. It appears he is single-handedly running the UK economy while David Cameron busies himself with the Brexit referendum. Photograph:  Andrew Yates

The UK chancellor of the exchequer has delivered the first purely Tory budget in nearly two decades. Amid all the never-ending sound and fury of the (...)