Kate Andrews

The smoking ban will be back

25 May 2024 5:21 pm

Has Rishi Sunak’s surprise summer election spared Britain some nanny state interventions? At first glance it seemed so, as it…

How net zero will divide Labour and the Tories

24 May 2024 9:19 pm

This morning, Ofgem announced another reduction in the energy price cap from July. The new cap on the unit price…

The general election has ruined prospects of an early rate cut

23 May 2024 4:38 am

Would waiting another few months to call a general election have improved the Conservatives’ prospects? Rishi Sunak didn’t touch upon…

Inflation falls close to target, but could interest rate cuts be delayed?

22 May 2024 7:01 pm

The UK inflation rate has slowed to 2.3 per cent on the year to April, down from 3.2 per cent…

UK growth is creeping up – but tough decisions still lie ahead

21 May 2024 10:32 pm

Today the International Monetary Fund has upgraded its growth forecasts for the UK: from 0.5 per cent this year to…

The UK leaves recession behind in 2023

10 May 2024 7:08 pm

This morning the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that the UK confined its technical recession to 2023. The economy grew by 0.6…

Andrew Bailey paves the way for a summer interest rate cut

9 May 2024 11:18 pm

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted to hold interest rates for the sixth time in a row. Members of…

Can Labour or the Tories fix the economy?

8 May 2024 2:47 am

It’s all but certain that the UK’s exit from recession will be confirmed at the end of this week. Preliminary…

Joseph Stiglitz: ‘We know where fascism led last time’

4 May 2024 9:00 am

When Joseph Stiglitz talks, the left listens. The Nobel laureate has advised multiple Democratic presidents and the World Bank, where…

Will Britain ever escape the low growth trap?

2 May 2024 9:38 pm

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) latest report, published this morning, downgrades Britain’s growth prospects this year: from…

Labour’s plan to renationalise the railways doesn’t add up

26 April 2024 9:21 pm

Labour’s plan to renationalise the railways is not much of a plan at all. Rather, it is a list of…

The dangers of political prosecution

20 April 2024 9:00 am

At the start of January, Donald Trump offered up a cheery new year message for Americans. ‘If I don’t get…

Will Sunak’s welfare reforms get more people back into work?

19 April 2024 7:19 pm

Chancellor Rishi Sunak had days to design the furlough scheme. Once lockdown became mandatory in spring 2020, it was a…

Liberty is dying under the Tories

17 April 2024 5:55 am

It seems political consensus isn’t dead. It’s simply been hibernating, waiting for a kind of crackdown on personal liberty that…

Britain needs more than tinkering to get growth going

17 April 2024 2:48 am

It’s not just Britain that has a growth problem. Today’s release of the IMF’s April 2024 World Economic Outlook report argues that…

The UK leaves recession behind in 2023

12 April 2024 7:09 pm

The economy grew by 0.1 per cent in February: not much to celebrate on its own but the small uptick…

Why no one is celebrating a small fall in NHS waiting lists

11 April 2024 11:02 pm

The NHS England waiting list has fallen for a fifth month in a row: to 7.54 million in February, down…

The UK’s economic problems are far bigger than a ‘recession’

28 March 2024 10:40 pm

It was extremely optimistic to think the UK could revise its way out of recession. After the Office for National…

Britain is falling out of love with the NHS

27 March 2024 11:38 pm

Rishi Sunak doesn’t speak much about his five priorities these days, apart from inflation, which ‘halved’ as promised. On NHS…

The Bank of England is edging closer to an interest rate cut

22 March 2024 12:14 am

The Bank of England has voted to keep rates at 5.25 per cent – but there are signs that a rate cut…

Britain just can’t stop spending

21 March 2024 9:34 pm

Will Jeremy Hunt have scope to deliver more tax cuts before the next election? Tory MPs certainly hope so, as…

Inflation drops to its lowest level in two years

20 March 2024 7:32 pm

Inflation has slowed once again, to 3.4 per cent in the 12 months to February, down from 4 per cent…

How big will Rachel Reeves’s state be?

20 March 2024 6:37 pm

Every year the Mais lecture, hosted by Bayes Business School, gives its speaker a chance to lay out their vision…

Sunak says the economy is doing better. Is he right?

18 March 2024 11:27 pm

Is Britain’s economy ‘turning a corner’? Rishi Sunak thinks so, but convincing his fellow MPs and the public is going…