Abba’s genius was never to write a happy love song

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Benny and Björn may have composed some of the catchiest tunes ever, but even their bounciest melodies are ballasted with melancholy

In praise of Harry Cobden

2 December 2023 9:00 am

The beauty of mid-range products

4 November 2023 9:00 am

Once or twice, when on a crowded overnight flight, I have taken a sneaky stroll through the different cabins for…

Britain has an entitlement problem

9 September 2023 9:00 am

An Institute for Fiscal Studies paper, published at the end of last month, makes grim reading. Through the prism of…

Portrait of the week

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Price caps are a slippery slope

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s the little things that depress most. I groaned last week to hear the news item. The government is…

Why do people assume I am posh?

13 May 2023 9:00 am

If we cram any more doctors into our spare rooms we can put a sign outside advertising NHS accommodation. We…

The UK is right to keep faith in crypto

1 February 2023 10:36 pm

It will be a charter for fraudsters. It will usher in an open-season mindset for money launderers and criminals. And…

Has Hunt restored the government’s fiscal credibility?

18 October 2022 4:23 am

Jeremy Hunt set out at the start of the weekend with one goal in mind: that when the gilt markets…

Truss says no to spending cuts. Here’s the caveat

12 October 2022 11:44 pm

The mini-Budget was a spending spree. The ‘medium-term fiscal plan’ was meant to explain the funding. But what exactly is…

City slickers’ reaction to Kwarteng’s unfunded plan is entirely rational

1 October 2022 9:00 am

‘Fury at the City slickers betting against UK plc,’ shouted the Daily Mail on Tuesday, after Monday’s mayhem saw the…

Are you feeling lucky?

1 October 2022 9:00 am

There was an article recently in the increasingly woke but still useful New Scientist which attempted to gauge the degree…

Will Liz Truss take on the IMF?

28 September 2022 6:25 am

Tonight the International Monetary Fund has weighed in on the UK’s mini-Budget, offering a direct rebuke of Liz Truss and…

Can the Bank of England inspire confidence?

27 September 2022 2:54 am

It has dawned on the government that last week’s mini-Budget might have been a bit too one-sided: £70 billion worth…

How worrying is the falling pound?

24 September 2022 3:46 am

How are markets responding to Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget? A sharp fall in the pound today has plenty of critics arguing…

Flat broke: my Help to Buy disaster

10 September 2022 9:00 am

Help to Buy has been a disaster for me

Are the markets scared of Liz Truss?

6 September 2022 12:02 am

Look at the chart for interest rate expectations in isolation, and you might come to the conclusion that Rishi Sunak…

How to save money: switch to cash and reprogram your boiler

13 August 2022 9:00 am

We’ll find out shortly whether official statistics agree with economists surveyed by Bloomberg who say UK GDP probably shrank by…

The death of saving

13 August 2022 9:00 am

I was intrigued to learn from Tom Daley – that young man who became famous for jumping off a platform…

The real difference between Sunak and Truss's tax policies

2 August 2022 12:53 am

The Tory leadership race is becoming a test of patience. Today Rishi Sunak has laid out his plan to slash…

Is the US in recession?

29 July 2022 1:27 am

There’s an almighty debate ongoing in the US about what exactly a ‘recession’ is. Regardless of semantics, the numbers are…