Matthew Lynn

Britain's GDP figures are dreadful but Sunak must still hold his nerve

14 July 2020 6:28 pm

A five hundred quid shopping voucher for everyone. Five per cent off VAT across the board. Maybe suspending income tax…

The EU's new bond isn't as solid as it seems

23 June 2020 10:00 pm

Its rescue fund will bail out the poorer states. It will fuel a rapid economic recovery. And perhaps most of…

Germany is picking up the tab for Brexit

16 June 2020 2:10 am

The car workers would pay a heavy price. The City would be muscled out of crucial markets. The Treasury would…

Unilever has shattered the great Brexit myth

11 June 2020 8:26 pm

Goldman Sachs is still operating out of London. Airbus is still making wings in Broughton, even if the order book…

Britain should demand a level playing field from the EU

26 May 2020 10:04 pm

It will receive €9 billion (£8 billion) in free money from the government. It will be protected from any threat…

How Macron gamed the EU Covid fund

21 May 2020 10:49 pm

There are not that many advantages to electing a former investment banker as president. They are often aloof. They don’t…

Britain should break the taboo on 'challenge vaccines'

15 May 2020 12:47 am

So far, so good: the Oxford university trials on a potential vaccine for Covid-19 is reported to be going well.…

A German court has plunged the eurozone into fresh crisis

5 May 2020 10:33 pm

An epidemic has been raging across the continent. The economy is in lockdown, and GDP is in freefall. But, hey,…

It's no bad thing that the airline industry will never be the same again

29 April 2020 10:58 pm

British Airways is laying off 12,000 staff. Virgin Atlantic is desperately looking for a buyer. Air France-KLM is being bailed…

Macron talks grandly about Europe – and then cuts a deal with Germany

18 April 2020 12:12 am

Emmanuel Macron is, for all his carefully polished image as a radical moderniser (and with the possible exception of not…

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Coronavirus has again exposed the euro’s fatal flaw

4 April 2020 2:53 am

Rising death rates. Economies closing down. People forced to stay at home. The coronavirus is a health, social and economic…

Rishi Sunak’s wartime economy

21 March 2020 5:15 am

At least no one can say it isn’t bold. The United States is fiddling around with some possible cuts to…

Tory taboos must be broken in the fight against coronavirus

18 March 2020 5:37 am

A £330 billion package of loans to business. A huge tax break to any company in the hospitality or leisure…

Three ways to stop a coronavirus recession

29 February 2020 12:21 am

Supply chains are shutting down. Factories and offices are closing. Flights are being cancelled, conferences postponed and football and rugby…

Boris’s eco plans will end in tears

5 February 2020 2:37 am

At least no one will be able to accuse it of not caring about the environment. The government has just…

Chaos and capital controls: the first 100 days of PM Corbyn

23 November 2019 6:00 pm

The morning of 13 December. A series of salacious revelations about his private life have sunk Boris Johnson’s campaign. A…

The Lib Dems’ £50bn ‘Remain bonus’ is nonsense

6 November 2019 12:09 am

The schools will all get new books. The hospitals will all be rebuilt. Long-suffering public sector workers will finally get…

Brexit grifters are making a killing selling useless advice

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Over the past three years, as we have torturously debated our departure from the European Union, we have heard a…

Boris-onomics is what Britain needs

12 June 2019 11:20 pm

A few jokes. A sprinkling of tax cuts. A few more jokes. A couple of flashy new buildings. And then…

Who decided that keeping money in ‘paradise’ is a crime? We should all thank havens

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Maybe we should blame John Grisham. In his breakthrough best-seller The Firm, the young lawyer Mitch, played by Tom Cruise…

All the signs point to a new recession – a worse one

5 March 2016 9:00 am

All the signs have been pointing to a new recession – and we’re much less equipped to weather it than last time

The slow death of the pension pot

13 February 2016 9:00 am

If the Chancellor carries on hacking at tax relief, we’ll need to find new ways to save for our old age

The bull market is five years old. Does that mean it’s nearly over?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

In London and New York, share prices have risen for five years running. So is it time to sell?

You, too, can be a shale profiteer

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Here’s how to get a slice of the fracking action

How mansion taxes will make us all poorer

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Mansion taxes may be inevitable – and will make us all poorer