Rishi Sunak

Now get off your sofa to help save the arts

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Along, cold weekend brought a haul of business news more bad than good. The worst was from aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce,…

Why poetry matters

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Juan Carlos, ex-King of Spain, behaved foolishly in relation to money and sex, and so his decision to leave Spain…

The Chancellor’s strange connection to cancel culture

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The cancel culture wants to obliterate people who do, or more often say, the wrong thing (for example, that there…

Will masks mean the end of smiling at strangers?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

I’ve been a regular runner for 40 years, pounding my way across Hampstead Heath to Kenwood House and back. This…

We’ll never know whether Huawei is still listening

18 July 2020 9:00 am

This column has been banging on about the peculiar nature of Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, ever since its expanded…

Why isn’t the government learning the lessons of ‘red wall’ towns?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

A rare illness has broken out in Westminster. Last week a case of what was known before Brexit as ‘consensus’…

What has ‘deadweight’ got to do with Rishi Sunak’s magic money tree?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

I was trying to understand what they meant on the wireless by deadweight costs. These were something to do with…

Portrait of the week: Face masks in, Huawei out and Amazon’s TikTok trouble

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Home New regulations would compel people to wear a face covering in shops in England from 24 July on pain…

'Rishinomics' could cost the Tories the next election

11 July 2020 5:00 pm

A truism is emerging that the Tories’ massive public spending has left Labour politically with nowhere to go. This quasi-social-democrat…

Prepare for Javid vs Sunak in the next Tory leadership contest

11 July 2020 4:45 pm

In 1992 a young footballer named Dion Dublin left my local team, Cambridge United, to take up one of the…

Portrait of the week: Sunak’s statement, shop closures and a hoo-ha over Boohoo

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced measures intended to stimulate the economy. Under a £111 million scheme,…

The success of British Indians is troubling for some. Why?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The success of British Indians is troubling for some. Why?

Bailing out businesses looks inevitable – but it’s not all bad

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Should the government be prepared to take equity stakes in major companies that will struggle to survive the current crisis?…

Portrait of the week: Europe’s lockdowns ease, England stays alert and Broadway stays shut

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Home The government changed its slogan from ‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ to ‘Stay alert, control the virus,…

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…

At least some of the Chancellor’s promises are actually working

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The phrase ‘sharing economy’ was coined a decade or so ago to describe collaborative new business models made possible by…

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s a war on

4 April 2020 9:00 am

‘Shut up — don’t you know there’s a war on?’ Strong hints of that attitude have emerged in recent weeks,…

Coronomics: Ordinary remedies won’t be enough for a surreal crash

4 April 2020 9:00 am

The crash is surreal – and ordinary remedies won’t be enough

How will the ‘war’ on coronavirus change Britain?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In the past ten days we have seen the greatest expansion of state power in British history. The state has…

Portrait of the week: Salmond cleared, Olympics postponed and Britain told to stay home

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus Sunday dawned with 233 people in the United Kingdom dead thus far from the coronavirus Covid-19 (a week earlier…

Airlines are no special case when we all need a bailout

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The world needs airlines — and, barring Armageddon, will still have some when this crisis is over. It will also…

Rishi Sunak’s wartime economy

21 March 2020 5:15 am

At least no one can say it isn’t bold. The United States is fiddling around with some possible cuts to…

Could freeports help ‘level up’ the north?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Could freeports help ‘level up’ the north?

The antidote to virus panic is in the hands of entrepreneurs

14 March 2020 9:00 am

‘It’s a ghost town,’ said the officer manning the body scanner at Manchester airport — Manchester, New Hampshire, that is,…

The great Tory Budget giveaway

12 March 2020 1:08 am

It’s always tempting for governments to respond to economic trouble with a debt-fuelled spending splurge, but it’s a notoriously blunt…