trade

Man’s first instinct has always been to return to the sea

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Travelling the Indus valley late in the third millennium BC you would have been awed by two Bronze Age megacities,…

Why Britain, like Iceland, will thrive outside the EU

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I have no doubt that Britain will thrive after leaving the EU, whether or not it leaves with a deal.…

Trade deals can destroy native industries – but they still boost wealth creation

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Comments by the former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers this week, claiming that Britain will come off poorly in negotiations…

Playing chicken: Trade deals with the US will make Britain stronger

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Why is it that free trade, which almost everyone agrees is good when conducted with other European countries, suddenly becomes…

Adam Smith would have approved of Trump’s trade tariffs

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘What the hell is going on?’ That anxious wail of economic incomprehension has been heard ever since President Trump decided…

China is winning the new scramble for Africa. Brexit could change that

1 September 2018 9:00 am

On her tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, Theresa May finally made a positive case for Brexit. For too…

How bad is the drugs problem in British jails?

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Cultured tastes Dawn Butler accused Jamie Oliver of ‘cultural appropriation’ for coming up with his own recipe for jerk rice.…

The First Opium War: The East India Company’s Nemesis and other boats destroy the Chinese war junks in Anson Bay, 7 January 1841 [Bridgeman Art Library]

Global Britain was built as a narco-empire

4 August 2018 9:00 am

China, wrote Adam Smith, is ‘one of the richest, that is, one of the most fertile, best cultivated, most industrious…

Australia’s choice: Chinese trade – or American security?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

 Sydney For decades, Australia has been known as ‘the lucky country’. At the end of the world geographically, we are…

Why Mark Carney’s successor is likely to be woman

26 May 2018 9:00 am

If Ben Broadbent’s Daily Telegraph interview last week was the launch of a bid for the governorship of the Bank…

I’m an optimist for trade despite the idiocies of politicians

21 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m proud to be a member of the 661-year-old Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York, having qualified…

Call this US-China tit-for-tat a trade war?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Stocks plunge as China hits US goods with tariffs,’ said a headline after the long weekend, and the FTSE100 duly…

A £50 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ is a price worth paying

2 December 2017 9:00 am

There will be howls of outrage in some quarters if it is confirmed that the government has offered the EU…

Playing chicken

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Besides being important in themselves, the trade talks between Britain and the United States which began this week are symbolic…

Portrait of the week

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, invited the media to take a photograph of her beginning a holiday with her…

Trade comes before trade agreements (but the ‘in’ campaign don’t think so)

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The government, or at least David Cameron’s bit of it, seems to think that trade is something that takes place…

What are the Chinese up to in Africa?

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Few subjects generate as much angst, or puzzlement, among Western policymakers in Africa as China’s presence on the continent. In…