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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

The United Kingdom's annual budget is delivered this week and chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has let it be known that it will include extensive trials of driverless cars. In a pre-budget statement dropped to media Osborne describes driverless cars as perhaps “the most fundamental change to transport since the …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2016
George Osborne delivers 2015 Autumn Statement. Image credit: Parliament TV

Thin-lipped chancellor tight-lipped on contractor-nudge-onto-payroll plan

Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne failed to mention IR35 even once during his Autumn Statement to MPs on Wednesday at lunchtime – despite the government recently floating new rules to crackdown on freelancers' tax arrangements. In the small print of Osbo's statement – which in classic style was published after the …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2015
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Spending Review: GDS gets £450m, Cabinet Office budget slashed

In a shock announcement, Chancellor George Osborne has today pledged £450m in extra funding to the Government Digital Service. The news follows the recent mass departure of GDS top brass, including Mike Bracken, amid rumours the body would be slashed. GDS's current annual budget is £58m per year. The £450m bonanza will be …
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2015
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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

Summer Budget 2015 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered the first full fat Tory budget statement in 19 years today by shedding billions of pounds from Blighty's welfare system. During his statement to the House of Commons, Osbo praised Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith's "herculean efforts" with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Jul 2015
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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

Worstall @ the Weekend That austerity doesn't make the economy grow, is one of those things we all know to be true. And yet we've also got a government insisting that a recession, when there's spare capacity and we'd really rather like the economy to grow, is a great time to be cutting government spending and thus instituting that austerity. This …
Tim Worstall, 14 Jun 2015

NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

Worstall @ the Weekend What with another budget just coming up, to correct the one that chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne kidded everyone with before the election, it might be time to answer the question of whether deficits really matter? For Osborne is most certainly going to continue shouting that they do and, equally certainly, everyone …
Tim Worstall, 24 May 2015
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Osbo: Choose a IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

Budget Day 2015 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne vowed today that a Tory government would bring speedier internet connections of 100Mbps to most of Britain – a bold promise given the Coalition's delayed deployment of superfast broadband during the current term. Number 11's occupant made his final pre-election budget statement by …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Mar 2015
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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has promised to tackle multinational internet outfits that divert profits to avoid big tax bills in Blighty. The so-called "Google tax" crackdown will reportedly be a highlight of the thin-lipped, Number 11 occupant's final budget before the General Election, which takes …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Mar 2015
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Osborne ponders giving fleeing bank customers an API getaway car

Banks will have to use standardised application programming interfaces (APIs) to make it easier for customers to move their accounts to rival services, the British government has said. In his Autumn Statement last week, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the government would launch a "call for evidence" on "how to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 8 Dec 2014
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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

The first Star Wars standalone film will be shot in Blighty in 2015, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced. Osborne was on the London-based set of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios last night, where he tweeted that the first of the movies being made alongside the new trilogy would also be …

Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

Budget Day 2014 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented what he described as a Budget for "the makers the doers and the savers" - and let's not forget the bingo players - in today's economy statement to Parliament. There was very little news for the tech world, with one notable exception: the announcement of the Alan Turing …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2014
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UK.gov dangles £10m sweetener over bumpkin broadband hopefuls

Autumn Statement 2013 The government plans to slip £10m into the pockets of outfits willing to test alternative ways to bring superfast broadband access to those bits of Blighty left untouched by BT's fibre-to-the-cabinet technology rollout. The extra funding was announced ahead of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's rambunctious Autumn …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Dec 2013
George Osborne looking like he means it

Osborne to China: Keep watching Downton and we'll gloss over Huawei security worries

Chancellor George Osborne has said the British government will happily let a state-owned Chinese firm manage Britain's communications infrastructure – as long as the People's Republic keeps on watching hit British telly series Downton Abbey. Osborne kow-towed to infamous network infrastructure biz Huawei during a speech to …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Oct 2013
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Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR

Spending Review As George Osborne hacked away at what he saw as money-wasting thickets in Britain's welfare system during his spending review on Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer - at the same time - upped the budget for the country's security services. Spooks at GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 will see a "real terms increase in funding ... to …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2013
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Copyright minister admits: Google has better access to No. 10 than me

Google has greater access to No. 10 Downing Street than the government's own ministers, one such minister has admitted. Viscount Younger of Leckie, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property - the third copyright minister in a year - made the candid confession before the Media, Culture and Sport …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2013
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Why UK slid £150m to tax-exempt phone-mast master Arqiva

How does one fairly distribute £150m to extend Blighty's mobile coverage? Give the whole lot to a private company that has paid no corporation tax for four years and effectively holds a monopoly. That company is Arqiva, which owns the vast majority of the UK's TV, radio and mobile phone transmitters. It will get £150m of …
Bill Ray, 15 May 2013

Osborne slashes growth forecast by half in bleak economy statement

Budget Day 2013 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne "levelled" with the British public today by admitting that the economy remains in the toilet as he slashed growth estimates. "We've got to go on making difficult decisions so that Britain can live within its means," he told Parliament. But his grim statement to the House revealed …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013
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That Osbo bloke - he's on your Twitters. 'What a c**k'

Budget Day 2013 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has joined the swelled ranks of politicos and media bods on Twitter today, ahead of his Budget Statement at lunchtime - which is expected to be one of the bleakest in years. 'This is what they call a selfie, right?' The Register suspects that Osbo is too busy with his abacus today …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013

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