“It’s exactly the kind of something-for-nothing economics that frankly got us into this mess in the first place”

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“It’s exactly the kind of something-for-nothing economics that frankly got us into this mess in the first place”

George Osborne tells BBC News today he will reject calls to spend more to boost the British economy, despite threats of a UK downgrade and criticism that his Autumn Statement yesterday will hit the poorest hardest. Osborne was forced yesterday to admit he missed his own target for reducing national debt , and has extended the austerity plans for another three years.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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