One year after Brexit, Britain is reaping the benefits of independence

1 February 2021 1:35 am

A year ago today Britain awoke to a rather muted celebration – which seemed to consist largely of a bubble…

Full text: Boris Johnson's Brexit deal speech

25 December 2020 3:09 am

It is four and a half years since the British people voted to take back control of their money, their…

Trade not aid: spending more doesn’t mean we care more

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Spending more doesn’t mean we care more

If taxes must rise, Sunak should pick on private equity instead

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s not axiomatic that taxes must rise to pay for the pandemic, if you seriously believe the surge in growth,…

Who would risk being a government adviser?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Poor Tony Abbott. It would seem being prime minister of Australia doesn’t bring you to the attention of the British…

The biggest obstacle to a Brexit deal

4 September 2020 11:04 pm

Downing Street now thinks that the chances of a Brexit deal are down to 30 or 40 per cent, I…


How liberal globalism went bankrupt

22 July 2020 10:45 pm

When future historians chronicle the period after the Cold War, the rise of China will dominate their accounts. Beginning in…

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Could British farmers block a UK-US trade deal – and what does it mean for Oz?

19 June 2020 1:00 am

Will the UK agree a trade deal with the US? Such an agreement has long been cited by Leave campaigners…


Boycotting China is not that easy

20 May 2020 10:36 am

China’s various human rights abuses, their treatment of women, their savagery toward religious people and their chokehold on Taiwan and…


Time to crush China’s Arctic influence

21 April 2020 4:35 am

Eyes are opening to the evil of the authoritarian Chinese regime that represses its people, genocides entire cultures, and influences…

President Bill Clinton speaks in the Rose Garden, May 24, 2000 in Washington, D.C. after the China trade vote in Congress.

How Bill Clinton junked America’s supremacy

18 April 2020 8:00 pm

‘This is a good day for America,’ said President Bill Clinton on May 24, the Year of Our Lord 2000.…

Our Easter lamb reveals the miracle of free trade

13 April 2020 8:45 pm

Easter is heavily associated with lamb. The paschal lamb’s sacrifice is a gift to all but that is not the…

Globalisation is scarcely new: it dates back to the year 1000

11 April 2020 9:00 am

In Japan, people thought the world would end in 1052. In the decades leading up to judgment day, Kyoto was…

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…