Rishi Sunak plans curbs on foreign students to control migration: report

The Sunak government has pledged to reduce net migration in the UK. (File) British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will consider “all options”, including reducing the number of foreign students, in his bid to curb rising net migration in the UK, according to a report from the BBC. Mr Sunak will investigate the imposition of curbs … Read more

War between Ukraine and Russia: Crimea could be reached before the end of the year, General predicts

A retired Ukrainian major general has predicted that his country’s armed forces could reach Crimea by Christmas and end Russia’s invasion of the northern hemisphere by next spring. General Volodymyr Havrylov said it was “only a matter of time” before Ukraine retook Crimea, illegally taken by Russia in 2014. “Of course we want to do … Read more

This is not sound money. It’s socialism

There’s a new word doing the rounds to describe the Tories following Jeremy Hunt’s £55bn tax and spending autumn statement and it’s not very pleasant to read. ‘Consocialists’ was a term first coined by Reform leader Richard Tice to encapsulate the left-wing movement of the once Thatcherian party, but following Thursday’s unprecedented tax grab, it … Read more

Tax increases are looming, but OBR forecasts have been wrong for years

During his long reign as Chancellor alongside Tony Blair, Brown exercised an iron grip on Treasury Department policymaking, micromanaging every decision made and extending his influence to every corner of the government machine. With a determination to vastly increase the size of the state while maintaining a facade of caution, critics accused Brown of manipulating … Read more

There is no point in starting a business in high tax UK

When Napoleon called us a nation of shopkeepers, following the French revolutionary Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac, he would have meant it as an insult. “Then let Pitt boast of his victory for his nation of shopkeepers,” de Vieuzac declared in an address to the National Convention on June 11, 1794, seemingly echoing the economist Adam … Read more

Jeremy Hunt will wield the ax for £35bn in cuts as he sees £25bn in tax hikes

Rishi Sunak has rejected claims he will be ‘Scrooge’ this Christmas, despite mounting fears over impending tax hikes and cuts. The Prime Minister and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt are said to have met this weekend to agree on a massive push to fill a £60 billion black hole in public finances. The November 17 autumn statement … Read more

Britain opens door to climate change reparations for poorer countries

Existing climate finance is used to reduce emissions with green technology or adapt to future warming, such as developing new crops. But there is little international funding to help countries cope with loss and damage, and to help rebuild after devastating natural disasters related to climate change. The poorest countries argue that this money must … Read more

I can’t solve all your problems, says Sunak, admitting: ‘It’s true that we are honest about compromises’

Rishi Sunak has admitted he can’t “solve all your problems” and called for honesty about “the compromises we face” – as he confirms he refused to sideline Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership race. The prime minister has said inflation is the “enemy number one” while promising to rebuild confidence in the government after Liz … Read more

Hunt’s death penalty for businesses and homeowners with tax hikes

Jeremy Hunt is considering a multi-billion-pound tax bill on profits as part of plans to put those “with the broadest shoulders” at the mercy of the fiscal tightening he plans to implement in days to try to boost the economy to breathe new life into. The Treasury is considering increases in capital gains tax and … Read more

King Charles hosts Buckingham Palace reception after Cop27 decision. not attend

The King will host a reception for international leaders at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Cop27 summit as he finds a way to support the environmental conference despite not attending in person. The king is said to have “mutually agreed” not to fly to the conference on the advice of the government, in a decision … Read more