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George Osborne: the 'unlucky' chancellor too wedded to austerity


Few chancellors have extended their reach across Westminster like George Osborne. After eight of his budgets, spending ministers were dancing to the Treasury’s tune across vast areas of government life. Schools, health, transport, energy, local government all operated under arms-length control by Osborne. HS2 and Hinkley Point – neither of which have actually happened – carried the Osborne imprint.

Open 2016: Rory McIlroy in the mood to end American rule of Troon

Golf-British Open

This may have to be quite a show. The Open will fittingly begin with Royal Troon’s adopted son, Colin Montgomerie, attempting to fade an iron shot from the 1st tee at 6.35am on Thursday. By the time the third major of the year reaches its conclusion on Sunday evening in Ayrshire, perhaps talk of Rio and golf’s turbulent marriage with the Olympics will be temporarily suspended. One can but hope.

Premier League transfers: who has done the best business so far?

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

There are no haves and have nots within the Premier League – this year more than any other year all 20 clubs have spending loot lying around in piles – so the fact some have yet to dip a toe into the transfer market while others are already towelling themselves down after making a splash is a reflection of different needs and ambitions.