Matthew Lynn

Factories close, offices shut: what happens if the UK runs out of gas

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Get ready for factory closures and cold homes

Was furlough the worst £70 billion ever spent?

30 September 2021 8:00 pm

Concorde obviously. The Iraq War perhaps? Or Scottish devolution? It is not hard to come up with a list of…

Von der Leyen is the real winner of the German elections

29 September 2021 5:00 am

The bald guy who leads the Social Democrats. The earnest looking Green lady. Or perhaps the guy in the charcoal-grey…

The EU should keep out of France's spat with Australia

22 September 2021 6:46 am

Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a full investigation. EU officials are considering pulling out of technology talks with the…

Payday: who’s afraid of rising wages?

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Who’s afraid of rising wages?

How the ‘Nixon shock’ reshaped our economy

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Fifty years on, we’re still counting the cost of the ‘Nixon shock’

Google's war on home workers was inevitable

12 August 2021 6:12 am

Tapping out some code in the back garden. Working on a sales presentation while watching the school sports day. Or…

Australia proves the cost of zero Covid

27 July 2021 9:47 am

The UK is growing at the fastest pace in 80 years. The United States, fuelled by President Biden’s stimulus programme,…

Boris's Brexit deal isn’t worth sacrificing Northern Ireland for

21 July 2021 11:43 pm

There will be chaos at the borders. Food will run out at the supermarkets. Travellers will face long queues, and…

The EU's Brexit bill doesn't add up

16 July 2021 9:16 pm

A dozen hospitals. A hundred million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and a lot more of the Oxford one. Or…

Branson vs Bezos: In praise of the billionaire space race

12 July 2021 8:52 pm

They are rich boys with some very expensive toys. As Richard Branson completes his first space flight, it would be…

Why has the EU let German car manufacturers off the hook?

9 July 2021 12:40 am

Two billion? Five billion? Perhaps ten billion to make it a nice round number? For colluding on diesel emissions you…

Labour’s disastrous switch to economic nationalism

5 July 2021 8:48 pm

The government will ‘Buy British’ whenever possible. A new law would force every public body to publish the percentage of…

Has the Bank of England just blown its chance to stop inflation?

24 June 2021 10:45 pm

The economy is growing at a blistering pace, and likely to recover all its Covid losses by the autumn. Labour…

Is lockdown’s tech bubble about to burst?

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The tech industry is braced for the post-pandemic blues

The EU's debt bondage expansion

17 June 2021 9:21 pm

In the global market for government debt, worth an estimated $92 trillion (£66 trillion), it amounts to little more than a…

We don't have to swap sovereignty for trade

16 June 2021 7:55 am

A new court will be established with powers over both countries. Labour and product laws will be harmonised. Flags with…

Two reasons why Andy Haldane is right to worry about inflation

11 June 2021 8:25 am

Companies are facing critical shortages of staff. Commodity prices keep spiking upwards. Central banks are printing money on an unprecedented…

The German takeover of the EU is accelerating

8 June 2021 6:51 am

Vetoes should no longer be allowed. Smaller countries should not be able to block the will of the ‘majority’. And…

Brexit Britain can capitalise on the breakdown in EU-Swiss talks

31 May 2021 10:57 pm

It is a leading player in finance, and it’s companies are giants in life sciences and consumer goods. There were…

France is paying a heavy price for Macron's vaccine catastrophe

29 May 2021 12:30 am

The United States is growing at such a blistering pace the Federal Reserve may have to raise interest rates. In…

Inflation is the biggest threat to Boris

19 May 2021 10:14 pm

The vaccines are rolling out. Lockdown is easing, the EU has been forgotten about, and the Labour party has returned…

Boris must stand up to farmers – and back the Australia trade deal

18 May 2021 8:47 pm

Farms will be devastated. The countryside will be ruined. And we will all be forced to eat weird food that…

Why the EU keeps losing against big tech

13 May 2021 8:28 pm

They shift revenues around. They create endless shadowy shell companies. And they undermine the social model by dodging taxes. To…

Merkel is right to reject Biden's vaccine patent plan

7 May 2021 10:04 pm

She handed the vaccine procurement process over to the European Union. She didn’t invest much in new production. And she…