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    Britain needs a simpler tax system which is simple to understand, where there are no loop-holes, where the very rich do not avoid tax by employing expensive accountants
    — George Osborne
    tags: tax 
     
    Everyone in our society has had to make a contribution towards dealing with the debts.
    — George Osborne
    tags: society 
     
    Autism is a very serious condition.
    — George Osborne
    Britain has no divine right to be one of the richest countries in the world.
    — George Osborne
    tags: world  right  divine 
     
    If you're looking for ways to cut waste in government, you can start with John Prescott.
    — George Osborne
    tags: government 
     
    The Foreign Office is a very important arm of the British state and I think Britain has a fantastic diplomatic service. We are the only country in the world spending 2% of our national income on defence and 0.7% of our national income on aid. We are the only country in the world doing both of those things.
    — George Osborne
    tags: world  service 
     
    A generous basic state pension is the least a civilized society should offer those who have worked hard and saved through their whole lives.
    — George Osborne
    tags: society  live 
     
    I want to see genuine talent rewarded.
    — George Osborne
    tags: talent 
     
    We will also target tax evasion and off-shore tax havens... Everyone must pay their share.
    — George Osborne
    tags: shares  tax 
     
    The positive news is that the British economy is continuing to grow and is creating jobs. And it is positive news too that at a time of real international instability we are a safe haven in the storm.
    — George Osborne
    tags: time  job  real  positive 
     
    I was shocked to see that some of the very wealthiest people in the country have organised their tax affairs, and to be fair it's within the tax laws, so that they were regularly paying virtually no income tax. And I don't think that's right.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  law  right  tax 
     
    Just as we should never balance the budget on the backs of the poor, so it is an economic delusion to think you can balance it only on the wallets of the rich.
    — George Osborne
    tags: poor  balance  economics 
     
    I would also like to see children aged between 11 and 18 taught financial education in a structured way in schools. I would also say that that is not enough. You have also got to improve numeracy skills, mathematical skills in schools.
    — George Osborne
    The British people think that if someone is disabled, then they should get all the care and support that we can offer.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  care 
     
    If we don't get a grip on government spending, there will be no growth.
    — George Osborne
    tags: growth  government 
     
    The Conservative Party mustn't sound like the old man on the park bench who says things were better in 1985, or 1955, or 1855.
    — George Osborne
    tags: men  conservative 
     
    One of the big problems we have in this country is that not enough people understand how important it is to save, understand the details of credit card statements, to be able to compare different APRs and the like. I support the idea.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  problem  ideas 
     
    I did meet Mickey Mouse in California, and he seems to be writing the Labour party's economic policy at the moment.
    — George Osborne
    I think the British people have a strong sense of what is fair.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  strong 
     
    I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment.
    — George Osborne
    You also want to look at how the tax system encourages and rewards pension saving. I have set as an ambition reversing the effects of Gordon Brown's tax raid which heralded the beginning of the age of responsibility. We are looking at some very specific tax measures on how we can encourage saving.
    — George Osborne
    Tax cuts should be for life, not just for Christmas.
    — George Osborne
    tags: christmas  tax 
     
    Well look, no one takes pleasure from people making money out of the misery of others, but that is a function of capitalist markets.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  pleasure  misery  money 
     
    Printing money is the last resort of desperate governments when all other policies have failed.
    — George Osborne
    tags: government  money 
     
    There are those who are trying to create an anti-business culture in Britain - and we have to stop them. At stake are not pay packages for a few but jobs and prosperity for the many. Everything in politics encourages more red tape - everyone insists government must step in - 'something must be done' is always the cry. We have to resist these pressures.
    — George Osborne
    No other chancellor in the long history of the office has felt the need to pass a law in order to convince people he has the political will to implement his own Budget.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  law  political 
     
    I would say I have taken substantive action to make things easier for people.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  action 
     
    We need to think deeply about whether we can sustain banks that are not only too big to fail, but potentially too big to bail.
    — George Osborne
    tags: fail 
     
    It is not fair that people who are born in the UK to parents who are domiciled here, can later in life claim to be non-doms and live here, it is not fair that non-doms with residential property here in the UK can put it in an offshore company and avoid inheritance tax.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people  live  parent  tax  company  property 
     
    China is absolutely one of the biggest players in the world and if Britain wants to be connected to the world it has to be connected to China.
    — George Osborne
    tags: world 
     
    If you want to change the way your banking system is regulated, if you want to learn the mistakes of what's gone wrong, then you have to change your government.
    — George Osborne
    I get a lot of letters from people.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people 
     
    I didn't come from a traditional Tory background; it was urban and metropolitan.
    — George Osborne
    tags: urban 
     
    At the moment we are hard-wired into the European markets - 50% of our exports go to Europe - and that has not been good for the UK. So I'm not saying "make Britain entirely dependent on China". I'm saying "let's diversify a bit". When I became chancellor, China was our ninth largest trading partner. This is the world's second biggest economy. China was doing more business with Belgium than it was with Britain.
    — George Osborne
    I believe that I'm entitled to regard my pre-political life as off-limits in terms of what can be looked at and judged.
    — George Osborne
    tags: believe 
     
    Every day as Chancellor I see alerts telling me of risks around the world.
    — George Osborne
    tags: world  risk 
     
    Cutting budget deficits can never be just an exercise in economics.
    — George Osborne
    I think we woefully failed to connect Britain to the growing Chinese economy in the previous decade, and I have sought to remedy that. China is now the sixth biggest trading partner with the UK. We have attracted now the lion's share of Chinese investment that is going into Europe.
    — George Osborne
    tags: trading  shares 
     
    Believe me, I understand that most higher rate taxpayers are not the super-rich.
    — George Osborne
    tags: believe 
     
    Well British pension funds have not been investing the savings of British people in British infrastructure.
    — George Osborne
    tags: people 
     
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