Economy

The one thing Netflix could do to keep me subscribing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Anecdotes and statistics should never be confused, but let’s do just that to build a composite picture of today’s UK…

How much did Emily Maitlis cost licence fee payers?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Off duty How many non-doms are there in the UK? – In the year ending 2020, 75,700 people filled in…

Could we be heading for a second Covid recession?

11 April 2022 8:25 pm

The political story for the moment is the cost of living crisis. But by the end of the year could…

How men’s pants predict economic crashes

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Should you happen to spot me these days lurking outside a Calvin Klein boutique, notebook in hand, I assure you…

Is this the end of borrow and spend?

30 March 2022 2:00 am

Since the spring statement last week, Rishi Sunak has been dealing with complaints from all sides: the right have been…

The moral of P&O: too many strategic assets are in foreign hands

26 March 2022 9:00 am

P & O once stood for ‘Peninsular and Oriental’, with pleasant connotations of sailings to Cadiz and Constantinople – but…

Letters: We’re all still paying for the financial crash

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Don’t blame the banks? Sir: Kate Andrews struggles to disentangle the causes of the developing cost-of-living crisis (‘Cold truth’, 19…

The moral courage of P.J. O’Rourke

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Was it Socrates who said that chaos was the natural state of mankind, and tyranny the usual remedy? Actually it…

Bad news, Governor: the wage-rise spiral is already raging

19 February 2022 9:00 am

I’ve had the opportunity recently to take part in wage-rise discussions for several small entities in which I’m involved. The…

The Chancellor's horrible task ahead

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Whether Rishi Sunak is prime minister or still chancellor this spring, fate is handing him a poisoned chalice. Looking back,…

This government’s greatest failure is economic

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘The main job of a government is to ensure that the economics don’t go wrong.’ So argued an economist friend…

Has Boris made you better off?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Despite the political misery for Boris Johnson as he ends the year, he has a big hope: that salaries will…

The economic impact of the latest Covid restrictions

30 November 2021 10:00 pm

We don’t yet know whether the Omicron variant will drastically accelerate the spread of coronavirus, or whether it will circumvent…

Running on empty: the government is out of fuel – and ideas

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The government has no ideas and no direction

Is the inflation panic over? Probably not

14 September 2021 8:44 pm

So, is the post-Covid inflation panic over? That is how it looked last month, when the government’s preferred inflation index,…

Covid pingdemic takes its toll on Britain's economic bounce-back

11 September 2021 1:41 am

The arrival of ‘freedom day’ on 19 July enabled people to return to concerts, festivals, and ditch social distancing, but…

No. 10 is distorting the economy

23 August 2021 10:40 pm

Job vacancies at a record high, a shortage of 90,000 lorry drivers, farmers complaining about a lack of seasonal workers,…

Britain’s Covid economic bounce back is less impressive than it seems

13 August 2021 6:51 am

The UK economy is rebounding at the fastest rate in Europe, and faster even than the United States: that is…

The crisis in Lebanon is a warning for the West

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Lebanon is trapped in a nightmare of its own making

In the post-pandemic economy, the workers are the boss

17 July 2021 9:00 am

In the post-pandemic economy, workers have the upper hand

Will Italy's Euro win lead to a baby boom?

14 July 2021 8:17 am

Could Italy’s triumph on Sunday result not just in a trophy for the azzuri, but a baby boom for a…

What is the purpose of test and trace?

7 July 2021 8:59 am

At yesterday’s press conference, Boris Johnson announced that his government was shelving plans for domestic ‘Covid certificates’ (i.e. vaccine passports),…

The economic case for ditching mask mandates

6 July 2021 8:04 pm

After many months of hardship and sacrifice, freedom is finally within grasp. Boris Johnson has reclaimed his buccaneering, libertarian spirit…

It's time for Rishi Sunak to stand up to Boris Johnson

27 June 2021 4:00 pm

Finally the pandemic fog is lifting and the outlines of post-Covid politics are starting to take shape. While the Government…

The true cost of cheap money: an interview with Andy Haldane

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Andy Haldane on the true cost of cheap money