Economics

Eighteen months of inflation is not 'transitory'

13 November 2021 11:25 am

The big central banks have been insisting for months now that the rise in inflation is temporary, and will fade…

What is the Bank of England playing at?

6 November 2021 10:58 pm

Last week, the Bank of England sent a number of confused messages. One was almost shocking: Andrew Bailey said that…

Will the Tories cut taxes before the next election?

30 October 2021 12:35 pm

The Tory party has reached a fork in the road, I say in the Times today. One path involves sticking…

Rishi Sunak's low tax pitch to MPs

28 October 2021 4:48 am

Is Rishi Sunak a low tax chancellor? He certainly likes to tell anyone who will listen that he is. Yet…

Sunak faces the free-marketeers

6 October 2021 7:47 am

Rishi Sunak didn’t give too much away tonight when he spoke at the ThinkTent Conservative Party Conference. The Chancellor is…

We're living through eerie reminders of the 1970s

25 September 2021 9:19 am

There are eerie parallels with 1970s at the moment, I say in the Times today. The inflation of that decade was…

China and the WHO are given an easy ride in the Covid blame game

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Are you ready to relive 2020? That’s what Adam Tooze is offering as he tells the story of Covid-19 through…

Could the squeeze on living standards bring down Boris?

24 September 2021 3:00 pm

There is about to be a two-phase onslaught on the living standards of those on low-to-middling incomes. On 1 October…

Has the Bank of England given up on its duty on inflation?

24 September 2021 4:47 am

Has the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee quietly excused itself from its duty of keeping inflation down: namely, keeping the…

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…

What China wants from Britain

9 April 2021 5:00 pm

What are we to do about China? To turn a phrase beloved by the Chinese Communist party (CCP) on its…

A windfall tax would only hurt our weakened economy

9 April 2021 3:30 pm

The calls for tax hikes is ramping up. Last December the Wealth Tax Commission recommended a ‘one-off’ 5 per cent…

Now is the time for the Tories to be borrowing more

16 November 2019 9:00 am

How should fiscal conservatism be defined? George Osborne inherited a fiscal deficit that was clearly unsustainable. During the panic over…

Why extravagant things don’t have to feel expensive

20 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Suppose you bought a case of claret a few years ago for £20 a bottle. It now sells at auction…

John McDonnell’s right – the four-day week could work

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Most people were scandalised by John McDonnell’s proposal to promote a four-day working week. But before we get incensed about…

Interview: Meet Mariana Mazzucato, big-state capitalism’s new champion

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘It was Plato who said storytellers rule the world,’ observes Mariana Mazzucato, her powerful voice tempered with a beaming smile,…

Letters

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Let’s talk about guns Sir: I was surprised that the cover stories on the recent shootings in Las Vegas (‘Say…

What stopped Stoppard?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Two programmes this week presented two radically different world views, or rather ways of life. Aditya Chakrabortty’s series for Radio…

Warning: rationality could be bad for your health

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Almost every popular commercial product owes its success to two different qualities. First, it does the job it is ostensibly…

Why the Spanish may be better off without a government

30 April 2016 9:00 am

The Spanish seem to be doing better without one

Warning: the FTSE100 isn’t out of the woods just yet

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When the FTSE100 fell close to 5,500 in February, we all said ‘Mr Bear is back’. On Tuesday the index…

What makes Argos worth £1.4 billion? I reckon I know

9 April 2016 9:00 am

When I was at school in the 1970s, some of the richer kids would come back from their summer holidays…

It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…

Who killed murder?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The mystery of violent crime’s dramatic decline

France can’t build its own new nuclear power stations, let alone ours

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Amid all the turmoil in global energy markets, we should not lose sight of the UK power programme that we’re…