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The TV licence is a dead duck

22 January 2022 9:00 am

‘Tell me we’re winning the media battle!’ I imagine Unilever boss Alan Jope barking at his team on Tuesday, following…

Hunterston’s closure is the nuclear accident no one noticed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

So farewell, Hunterston B, the nuclear power plant on the Firth of Clyde that shut last week after 46 years’…

Will the energy price spike bring down Boris?

8 January 2022 9:00 am

What does the new year have in store for consumers — and families trying to make ends meet? A stumbling…

Gastro-nomics: a foodie’s guide to a changing world

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Twice recently I’ve been asked my opinion of ‘Doughnut Economics’. The first time, I was tempted to cover my ignorance…

Don’t strand Cambo until our energy future is secure

11 December 2021 9:00 am

If the phrase ‘stranded asset’ hasn’t yet entered your vocabulary, here’s a useful example of what it means. The 178…

For industry, the pandemic isn’t over yet

4 December 2021 9:00 am

‘So you think it’s all over? Ho ho ho!’ That’s the message from Satan’s dark laboratory (twinned with Wuhan’s) where…

Why you should be wary of buy now pay later

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Are you logged on to Klarna, Clearpay, Laybuy or Zilch for your Black Friday shopping binge — or are you…

Shell’s Dutch departure is a boost for the city of London

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The scrapping of most of the eastern leg of HS2, originally planned from Birmingham to Leeds, is a news item…

Bankers, not Greta, will save the planet

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I have observed before how useful really big numbers can be in response to crises: when US treasury secretary Hank…

Don’t let China’s climate sins cloak its crushing of Hong Kong

6 November 2021 9:00 am

China’s failure to bring anything new to COP26 surprised no one. The world’s worst carbon emitter offered no advance on…

Why paying more dividends could save the planet

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Climate emergency demands action, not rhetoric. So, on the eve of COP26, which UK news item promises to deliver the…

Prince Harry is surfing an investment wave

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Does the economist David Blanchflower — who I described as the Bank of England’s ‘resident wacko’ during his 2006-09 tenure…

Why we should all start hoarding cash and loo rolls

16 October 2021 9:00 am

If there’s anyone in Britain who knows how to keep grocery shelves stacked, it’s former Tesco chief executive Sir Dave…

Why stamp duty doesn’t add up

9 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Blame it all on business’ was the Tory strategists’ answer to petrol queues and the risk of a no-turkey Christmas…

Why scrapping business rates is a bright idea

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A worthwhile policy proposal amid the Labour conference dogfight? Now there’s a surprise. But shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves’s scheme to…

Is government preparing to shake the magic money tree again?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Will my bath water still be hot by Christmas? That’s not a question I’d normally feel a need to share…

The government should be helping, not hindering, start-ups

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I’m hugely enjoying meeting the finalists for The Spectator’s Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. This year’s bumper entry was…

What tea with the WI taught me about responsible investment

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Late-breaking exam results: many of the City’s top fund managers have failed a vital test of ‘stewardship’ — defined for…

How to solve the looming pigs-in-blankets crisis

4 September 2021 9:00 am

This is getting serious. Never mind global shortages of microchips, plastics, copper and container ships; now we’re running out of…

Rishi’s stamp duty gimmick did little but help greedy builders

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The Hundred — some sort of pimped-up cricket tournament, I gather — passed me by entirely, but I’ve been admiring…

Head back to the office – it’s your patriotic duty

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Give or take a few leader-writing shifts and editing projects, I’ve been working from home for the past 30 years,…

Why filling Santa’s sack will cost more this year

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey looks increasingly uncomfortable as inflation notches upwards from ‘nothing to worry about’ towards the…

Is it time for a Dad’s Army of lorry drivers?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a patriotic proposal: let’s form a Dad’s Army of lorry drivers, of which the Road Haulage Association reckons there’s…

Is the airline ‘booking surge’ a load of hot air?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Be glad you’re not in Dr Mike Lynch’s shoes. A London judge has ruled that the founder of the Cambridge-based…

The clever radical who led the City’s transformation

24 July 2021 9:00 am

It’s a vivid example of unintended consequences that the swimming-pool builders of southern England should owe so much to Sir…