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How Michael O’Leary can stop the flying blame game

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Stock markets are tumbling, but given the tide of economic news, that’s hardly surprising. The S&P 500 index dived into…

Who dares ask how far Brexit is to blame for UK inflation?

11 June 2022 9:00 am

After the Jubilee dream of a lovely lost Britain, back to reality with a face-slap: the reality of the £8…

The EU’s oil ban is a damp squib

31 May 2022 9:19 pm

When Putin’s tanks rolled into Ukraine on 24 February there was a conceit that this might be the first war…

No, BP’s profit hasn’t boosted Starmer’s windfall-tax call

7 May 2022 9:00 am

BP’s ‘underlying’ first-quarter profit of $6.2 billion, compared with $2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2021, was a direct…

It's time to clamp down on militant protesters

12 April 2022 5:45 pm

The right to protest against the policies of the government of the day, the system in general or even just…

Biden is right: the crypto world needs to be controlled

19 March 2022 9:00 am

President Biden’s executive order ‘Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets’ won praise on all sides, an unfamiliar experience for one…

The West has to bite its lip for Saudi oil

16 March 2022 10:11 pm

It would be ridiculous to claim that Boris Johnson’s visit to Saudi Arabia is not morally problematic. He is going…

Is fracking the answer to the energy crisis?

12 March 2022 9:00 am

I’ll approach the hot topic of a ban on Russian oil by way of personal anecdote: I’ve never been a…

Can Boris get the Saudis to pump more oil?

12 March 2022 2:30 am

The oil price is up by more than 40 per cent since the start of the year. It is being…

Why would the Saudis bail out Biden?

10 March 2022 4:47 am

Is Saudi Arabia shunning Washington? Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly been refusing to phone Joe Biden, who wants the kingdom to…

For all its absurdity, it delivers the goods: BBC2's Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

In the latest episode of Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America, Louis asked a rapper called Broke Baby if ‘it’s important to…

Does Nicola Sturgeon care more about oil revenue or climate change?

12 September 2021 6:45 am

‘Now, as I’ve hopefully made clear throughout all of my remarks, the North Sea will continue to produce oil for…

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…

Peru’s beauty has been a real curse

13 March 2021 9:00 am

As the planet gets more and more ravaged, the mind can begin to glaze over at the cumulative general statistics…

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Trump sealed the deal last night

24 October 2020 2:06 am

First, let me pay brief homage to Kristen Welker, moderator of Thursday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.…

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Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

23 July 2020 1:52 pm

There’s only one person who’ll be genuinely pleased with the UK Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia report, finally revealed on…

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Oil on troubled waters: the US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

14 May 2020 1:18 pm

Donald Trump said in October 2018 that the Saudi royal family ‘wouldn’t last two weeks’ without American military support. Last…

Rishi Sunak must stick to his guns

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Was the Chancellor wrong to guarantee only 80 per cent, rather than 100, of ‘coronavirus business interruption loans’ to keep…

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What is the US Navy doing in the Persian Gulf?

30 April 2020 5:39 am

American alliances and security commitments tend to live on long after the world has changed. Many of our far flung…

The price of oil just hit $0 a barrel. What’s going on?

21 April 2020 5:08 am

If you’ve ever wanted to own a barrel of oil, today might be your lucky day – for the first…

Saudi may have won an oil truce – but a greater conflict now looms

14 April 2020 11:23 pm

For the first time in months, the coronavirus panic was briefly demoted as the main news story on Sunday when…

Treating oil companies as pariahs will kill off any green revolution

18 January 2020 9:00 am

When fossil fuel divestment was merely a gesture by universities, the Church of England and the Prince of Wales it…

Why trouble in the Middle East no longer means an oil price hike

11 January 2020 6:59 pm

Not so long ago, you could judge the stability of the Middle East by looking at the oil price. Now:…

An oil price spike doesn’t mean a recession is on the way

21 September 2019 9:00 am

An oil price surge from $60 to $72 per barrel, as happened after the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq…

If investors are fleeing to gold, this is not the time to be smug

17 August 2019 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, following…