Ross Clark

George Osborne’s stamp duty hike is starting to bite the Treasury

8 December 2016 13:06

The existence of the Laffer Curve can be proved by thought-experiment alone. If a government levies an income tax rate…


A view of St Paul’s is the least of London’s housing problems

5 December 2016 16:14

Richmond Park has been in the news a bit lately. It is portrayed as a bastion of wealth and privilege,…

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Is support for Brexit growing in Richmond Park?

2 December 2016 14:05

‘The people of Richmond Park and North Kingston have sent a shockwave through this Conservative Brexit government,’ said Sarah Olney,…

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The Booker prize has triggered a bout of literary protectionism

1 December 2016 11:59

Whatever happened to all those great liberal internationalists who damned the vote for Brexit as a case of isolationist Britain…

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Global temperatures have fallen – so why isn’t it being reported?

29 November 2016 9:00

Remember how rises in global temperatures were reported earlier in the year? Here is a taste from the Guardian in…


Like Donald Trump, Francois Fillon is a Russian realist

26 November 2016 8:00

One of the bonuses of a Trump presidency – of which there will be many negatives – is the prospect…

The Uk Minimum Wage Of £5.05

The IFS forecast should be taken with a pinch of salt

24 November 2016 20:30

Under Robert Chote, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) was meticulous about positioning itself as politically neutral. Since he left…


The government’s latest growth forecast isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

23 November 2016 15:15

Facebook and Barack Obama have said they both want to tackle ‘fake news’ on the internet. The battle should start…

Will Philip Hammond be arrested after the Autumn Statement?

22 November 2016 7:53

So, austerity is to end. Or that is what the briefings for Wednesday’s Autumn Statement seem to indicate: Philip Hammond…

Cryonics isn’t the route to immortality – but there might be another way

18 November 2016 13:17

However tempting it would be to think otherwise, I don’t think we will be seeing ‘JS’ on Earth again. She…

Michael Gove was accused of 'post-truth' politics after saying Brits had had enough of experts

Oxford Dictionaries is playing politics by picking ‘post-truth’ as its ‘word of the year’

16 November 2016 12:52

The BBC was recently exposed for buying more copies of the Guardian than of any other paper. I imagine they…

Falling inflation marks another nail in the coffin for Project Fear

15 November 2016 15:16

So, another post-Brexit horror story fails to materialise. When the stock market failed to crash and the economy failed to…

Why doesn’t the Guardian’s fevered hate crime coverage mention Christian victims?

11 November 2016 9:20

One searches in vain on the Guardian website for the name Nissar Hussain. This is odd because the newspaper seems…

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The unfair attacks on Liz Truss prove that Parliament has too many lawyers

8 November 2016 15:52

If there were any doubt that there are too many lawyers in Parliament it has been removed by the meeting,…

Theresa May will only regret it if she doesn’t call an early election

3 November 2016 14:30

Is there anything more absurd than hearing a bunch of Remainers claiming that they have achieved a great victory for…

Why I’m boycotting Waitrose

2 November 2016 14:47

Right, that’s it. No more paying through the nose for sun-dried tomatoes. I am boycotting Waitrose and I urge others…

Amber Rudd is right, Orgreave is best consigned to the history books

1 November 2016 16:17

So, there will be no public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave in 1984, and no left-wing lawyers making a…

The Uber ruling will change little

28 October 2016 16:34

So the GMB and the two Uber drivers who thought they ought to receive holiday pay and be guaranteed the…

Today’s GDP figures show the ‘inevitable’ Brexit recession wasn’t so inevitable after all

27 October 2016 10:49

So now we know. The recession that we were told would be ‘inevitable’ if we voted to leave the EU…

The Project Fear backtracking isn’t over yet

26 October 2016 17:33

Another day, another backtracking in the doom-laden predictions of what would happen as a result of a vote for Brexit.…

The Debate Over The Third Runway At Heathrow Airport Continues

Let the gruesome legal battle over Heathrow commence

25 October 2016 12:25

When the history comes to be written of Britain’s descent from a democracy to a krytocracy, the story of Heathrow’s…

Theresa May should ignore the privately-educated elite and press on with her grammar school plans

24 October 2016 12:12

It has become customary in the great grammar school debate to declare where you went to school. I attended the…

The EU would be mad to start a trade war with Britain. Here’s why

24 October 2016 11:27

So far, the debate over what happens to UK-EU trade after Brexit has been conducted around a rather odd premise:…

Don’t listen to the doom-mongers: A rise in inflation isn’t some kind of crisis

18 October 2016 12:10

It takes quite a determined Cassandra to see the rise in Consumer Prices Index (CPI) from 0.6 per cent in…

Boris’s Royal Yacht obsession shows his weakness for vanity projects

14 October 2016 13:24

I would like to think that the lack of obvious progress on negotiating a post-Brexit deal with the EU is,…