Matthew Lynn

Is crypto back?

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Might cryptocurrencies stage a return?

Team Rishi is losing the plot on taxes

9 August 2022 6:47 pm

It would be an ‘electoral suicide note’. It would condemn the party to ‘the impotent oblivion of opposition’. And it…

Only one tax cut can save Rishi Sunak now

2 August 2022 3:00 pm

Rishi Sunak’s promises on tax are lacklustre. He’s announced a fiddly one-off tax break on energy that will last for just a…

Rishi Sunak’s energy bill u-turn is too little, too late

27 July 2022 5:22 pm

A tweak to the landfill tax perhaps? A minor adjustment to the airport levy? Rishi Sunak no doubt stayed up…

Don’t blame Brexit for the Dover chaos

23 July 2022 12:20 am

Queues stretching back for several hours. Children going crazy in the back seat. Cars breaking down in the heat, and…

The eurozone is having a terrible summer

21 July 2022 7:41 pm

A reforming prime minister has been ousted by a fractious, divided parliament. The central bank is raising interest rates to…

If the EU disliked Boris, they'll hate his successor

8 July 2022 3:30 pm

Three, five, or perhaps even ten whole minutes. In a more civilised, parallel universe, perhaps Europe’s big wigs would have…

Rishi Sunak won’t be missed as Chancellor

6 July 2022 4:54 am

Rishi Sunak’s resignation was, without question, a brave, honourable and dignified decision. By stepping away from the cabinet, the Chancellor…

German industry is grinding to a halt

4 July 2022 10:45 pm

The Soviet Union had only just collapsed. John Major was still a relatively fresh-faced Prime Minister. And the internet consisted…

Macron’s Russian oil plan is bound to fail

28 June 2022 11:20 pm

It will drain Vladimir Putin of funds for his war machine. It will bring down inflation. And it might even…

Inflation is a social evil, so why don't our leaders care?

22 June 2022 9:32 pm

It was a ‘destroyer of society’, a ‘tax on ordinary people’s savings’ and a threat to social order. You don’t…

Why Biden’s inflation plan will fail

11 June 2022 1:45 am

It sounded impressive at the time. On the last day of May, a whole ten days ago, president Biden laid…

Things are about to get even worse for Boris Johnson

7 June 2022 10:06 pm

A round of tax cuts? A splurge of infrastructure spending? Or perhaps a whizzy way of subsidising housing? Boris Johnson…

The Biden Bust is here

29 April 2022 1:25 am

A wave of government spending would reboot the economy. Fairer taxes would pay for restored infrastructure. Skills would be improved,…

A football regulator is bad news for the beautiful game

25 April 2022 9:46 pm

It will stop shady oligarchs and brutal autocracies buying up clubs simply to whitewash their reputations. It will ensure financial…

Inflation is the real lockdown scandal

13 April 2022 10:05 pm

No. 10 was an endless series of parties. The Chancellor was more interested in socializing than sorting out the economy. And…

Rishi Sunak’s NFT gimmick is a step too far

5 April 2022 7:44 pm

We had got used to the expensive trainers. The carefully curated hoodies were just about acceptable. The Twitter feed was…

Can Elon Musk save Twitter?

4 April 2022 11:29 pm

Teslas will be permanently trending. So perhaps will space rockets. Petrol cars will be quietly forgotten about. And if you…

Is Biden trying to crash the economy?

28 March 2022 11:15 pm

A war is raging in Ukraine. Inflation has risen to a 30-year high and may have started to spiral out…

China’s zero Covid strategy is a threat to the global economy

16 March 2022 1:12 am

Aside from deterring a few tourists, and people filming fantasy epics, closing down New Zealand during the Covid pandemic didn’t…

Putin’s neo-communism is doomed to fail

11 March 2022 11:29 pm

It is responsible for inequality. For financial instability. And probably for poverty, racism and global warming as well. We have…

Sanctioning Roman Abramovich will change football forever

10 March 2022 11:27 pm

With refugees fleeing Ukraine, shells raining down on civilians, and threats of chemical weapons being used on the battlefields of…

Ethical investors have weakened the West's defences

2 March 2022 8:18 pm

It won’t be the first, or indeed the most serious, casualty of the war in Ukraine. It probably won’t be…

Macron’s energy intervention has seriously backfired

19 February 2022 9:58 pm

He intervened decisively. He showed the ability of the state to make a difference. And he demonstrated that greedy, self-interested…

Why ‘Ukraine carnage’ in the markets won’t last

16 February 2022 6:10 pm

Oil will shoot up to $130 a barrel. The prices of natural gas will double in a few hours, tipping…