The Republican Party has enjoyed unprecedented levels of power in the United States over the past few years. In addition to controlling the Presidency, Senate and House of Representatives, the GOP holds the Governor’s office in 33 States against 16 for the Democrats and one Independent (Alaska).
Pressure had been building in the run up to this year’s Budget, most acutely around Universal Credit, with more than 20 Conservative MPs, including former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, calling for billions more to be put into the scheme and former Brexit Secretary David Davis saying cuts to the scheme had “gone too far”. There was speculation of an extra £2 billion in funding, so it’s not clear whether they will be placated by the £1 billion over five years that the Chancellor was able to offer.
Budget 2019, unveiled by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, saw good news for social welfare recipients and put some extra cash into taxpayers’ pockets – but dealt hotels, restaurants and hairdressers a tough VAT blow.
Agreement has recently been reached between the U.S., Mexico and Canada to introduce a new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Theresa May managed to get through her Tory Party conference without any major disasters. Initially billed to trigger mass clashes with a usurper on her tail, she rounded out the conference with arguably her best speech as leader in three years.
To the unlikely music of Abba’s Dancing Queen, British Prime Minister Theresa May took to the stage and delivered her third annual Conference speech as Leader of the Conservative Party.
They queued around the block for BoJo at the Tory party conference. He was the biggest show to roll into Birmingham where he grabbed the limelight in a side hall and left the main party speaker speaking to a main auditorium that was a third empty.
Philip Hammond has reiterated the Conservatives are the voice of business. In his speech today he called business “the corner stone of our economy delivering growth and prosperity for working people across the country”.
Jeremy Corbyn has set out his vision for a radical transformation of the British economy and society.
The Labour Party conference in Liverpool staged one of its most important debates in a generation today when delegates tackled Brexit.