Inflation

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…

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,…

Is the UK trapped in an inflationary spiral?

8 September 2021 7:20 am

Are we heading for a 1970s-style inflationary spiral? Not according to Catherine Mann, former chief economist at Citigroup, who argues…

The Bank of England's new monetary hawk

2 September 2021 1:55 am

Andy Haldane’s departure from the Bank of England opened up one of the most influential roles in guiding UK monetary…

Germany’s post-war recovery was no economic miracle

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Lord Macaulay wrote that ‘during the century and a half which followed the Conquest there is, to speak strictly, no…

Britain is ill-prepared to deal with rising inflation

15 July 2021 8:03 am

Inflation is on the rise again. For the third consecutive month, the Consumer Prices index outpaced the forecasters’ consensus, landing at…

Has the Bank of England just blown its chance to stop inflation?

24 June 2021 10:45 pm

The economy is growing at a blistering pace, and likely to recover all its Covid losses by the autumn. Labour…

Is inflation about to bite?

16 June 2021 10:49 pm

The signs were there for all to see — pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and so on all pushing up their prices. Businesses…

Two reasons why Andy Haldane is right to worry about inflation

11 June 2021 8:25 am

Companies are facing critical shortages of staff. Commodity prices keep spiking upwards. Central banks are printing money on an unprecedented…

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…

Inflation is the biggest threat to Boris

19 May 2021 10:14 pm

The vaccines are rolling out. Lockdown is easing, the EU has been forgotten about, and the Labour party has returned…

Inflation fears grow

13 May 2021 8:45 pm

Two months ago The Spectator reported on what was keeping Rishi Sunak awake at night ahead of the Budget: an inflation…

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…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…

Why does no one in the cabinet admit to being a Europhile?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

One of the oddest features of the cabinet majority for staying in the EU is that almost no one in…

George Osborne has made his own 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…

Portrait of the week

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Andrew Burnham described calls from Yvette Cooper, a rival candidate for the Labour leadership, for him to withdraw from…

Portrait of the week

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Home The government postponed a Commons vote on relaxing the Hunting Act in England and Wales after the Scottish National…

Portrait of the week

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Talha Asmal, aged 17, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, died in a suicide bomb attack on forces near an oil…

Portrait of the week

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Home The annual rate of inflation turned negative in April, for the first time since 1960, with deflation of 0.1…

Letter from Kathmandu: China's beating India in the aid wars

23 May 2015 9:00 am

After the first earthquake we were told that the chance of another one was 200 to 1. A fortnight later,…

Portrait of the week

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Home Launching the Conservative party manifesto, David Cameron, the party leader, told voters he wanted to ‘turn the good news…

How to fight Europe’s demons of deflation

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The new fear haunting Europe

Portrait of the week

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though…

Portrait of the week

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, writing of the Islamic State in northern Iraq, said: ‘If we do not act…