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Professor Tim Bale, Budget 2017: Should Philip Hammond remain chancellor of the exchequer?


Philip Hammond should go, according to QMUL’s Professor Tim Bale. He writes: “Even if this year’s Budget doesn’t end up unravelling as swiftly as some of its recent predecessors…it’s probably not going to save the chancellor’s bacon. Philip Hammond is a realist rather than a fantasist, a pragmatist rather than a zealot, a Remainer rather than a Leaver – in other words, everything that many of his cabinet colleagues are not. As such, he has no place in a government obsessed with quitting the EU whatever the economic cost…It’s about time one of them actually assumed responsibility for Britain’s brittle Brexit economy.”
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