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Autumn Statement: George Osborne needs to take a long view

The government needs to take a view of the public finances that extends out 50 years, rather than the current five

By James Zuccollo  

The Chancellor George Osborne (left) with Treasury Chief Secretary leaves the Treasury on his way to deliver the Autumn Statement ©Hannah McKay/PA Wire

To take George Osborne’s Autumn Statement at face value it is both the best and worst of times: a time of plenty and a time of famine. He began by trumpeting the success of the Coalition in reviving the economy and pointed to growth…

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