The duplicity of the new politics

While David Cameron and Nick Clegg were championing the cause of change, chancellor George Osborne was quietly striking a blow for continuity.

The creation – or more accurately, transposition – of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) under the leadership of Sir Alan Budd was, of course, presented as part of the change agenda. Change, perhaps, but is this new politics? On the contrary, the OBR represents the resurgence very low politics; there are different faces around the Cabinet table, but cronyism and spin are here to stay.

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