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Autumn Statement: “Octopus Osborne” triumphs, for now

The devil could be in the detail, but the bigger picture is still bright for the Chancellor

By Ryan Shorthouse  

George Osborne: master builder or lucky chancer? © Christopher Furlong/PA Archive/PA Images

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They call him Octopus Osborne. For his tentacles reach into other government departments, his protégées in key positions across Whitehall. Yesterday, in the Autumn Statement, we also saw the Chancellor sprawl across a vast public policy space. There was something for mental health, roads, science, childcare, women’s charities,…

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