Economy

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

British broadcast news has gone badly wrong

19 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve worked for some media thoroughbreds — including the Financial Times, ITN and CNN — so I know the sense…

Has Covid accelerated the cashless society?

2 June 2021 1:10 am

Time is, I fear, running out. Running out, that is, to avoid handing to a small number of multinational corporations…

Is Farrow & Ball’s business model flaking?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The happiest thing that happens in May is the coming into leaf of my long beech hedge. The shift from…

The pandemic’s transatlantic divide in executive salaries

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Consider a temporary cut in executive salaries’ was the Confederation of British Industry’s advice to members at the start of…

Sturgeon can’t hide the economic costs of Scexit

11 May 2021 5:09 pm

Might the 2020s be the seismic decade in which the post-war consensus, that liberal democracies do not and should not…

Can Melinda still keep Bill Gates in check?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

‘We are seeing very substantial inflation,’ the great investor Warren Buffett told shareholders in his master company Berkshire Hathaway at…

Money to burn: shoppers, not the state, will lead our recovery

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Consumers, not ministers, will lead the recovery

Can the ‘next Bicester Village’ take off without tourists?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Retail footfall will be the first measure of recovery this spring. Everywhere I look, from central London to small-town Yorkshire,…

Why the West should stop investing in China

29 March 2021 7:27 pm

The Prime Minister has called for an international coalition of free countries to oppose the growing influence of China’s authoritarian…

Will Covid cost less than expected?

20 March 2021 2:19 am

It’s no surprise that the bill for Covid-19 keeps racking up. The Office for Budget Responsibility’s latest forecast predicts borrowing will…

Are Wall Street’s ‘Spacs’ about to make waves in the City?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

This column generally takes a sceptical view of financial novelties and gimmicks. So my antennae have twitched in recent days…

Letters: What happens if interest rates rise?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Spinning plates Sir: Kate Andrews is right to highlight the looming risk of inflation (‘Rishi’s nightmare’, 6 March), but to…

Boris, Biden and the era of big government

13 March 2021 4:22 am

Bill Clinton’s declaration that ‘the era of big government is over’ summed up the late 1990s political zeitgeist. Centre-left political…

The UK economy is suffering worse than most

12 March 2021 11:53 pm

Last week The Spectator highlighted new data from the OECD that offers a weekly update comparing a country’s current GDP…