Bank of England

Tucker’s down on his luck

9 July 2012 20:15

‘This doesn’t look good, Mr Tucker.’ Andrew Tyrie made this observation towards the end of his Treasury Select Committee’s evidence…

Tucker denies Labour leant on Bank over Libor

9 July 2012 18:45

So Labour ministers did not ‘lean on’ the Bank of England to encourage lowballing of Libor rates, according to Paul…

Meryvn has his case for more QE

19 June 2012 12:45

Last Thursday Mervyn King said ‘the case for further monetary easing is growing’, and today’s surprise inflation figures give the…

Fisking Peston

17 June 2012 16:30

How to explain the King-Osborne plan to pump more cheap credit into the economy? Robert Peston gave his explanation of last…

The IMF says it’s the Bank’s economy now

22 May 2012 11:35

When the IMF published a report into the UK economy last year, I wrote a blog post detailing how it…

Metaphorical Merv

16 May 2012 17:56

Mervyn King unfurled a mast of metaphors this morning. ‘We are navigating through turbulent waters, with the risk of a…

Mervyn’s mini mea culpa

3 May 2012 17:34

The newspapers and internet today are full of headlines about Mervyn King admitting the Bank of England was ‘late to…

GOD isn’t good enough for Threadneedle Street

3 May 2012 12:44

When Gus O’Donnell was running the civil service, he was known by his initials — GOD. It seems to have…

QE is a government hijack, says King

23 April 2012 17:05

While Mervyn continues to inflate our universe via Quantitative Easing, another Mr King — Stephen, the chief economist of HSBC…

Yes to new roads, no to a pensions raid

19 March 2012 17:04

New roads in Britain are badly-needed, but who should bear the costs? Motorists, says David Cameron — and his speech…

Right to reply: Why QE isn’t a disaster for pensioners

15 March 2012 14:08

The best of all possible worlds for the pension industry is a buoyant economy. Workers have enough money to save,…

How Mervyn King’s role has changed

12 March 2012 9:02

A week devoted to Mervyn King and his eight-year reign at the Bank of England sounds like pretty turgid stuff.…

Salmond chooses the Brownite way

4 March 2012 18:33

Can you trust someone like Alex Salmond to save Scotland from future crashes? The First Minister appeared on BBC1’s Sunday…

Post-Moody’s, King backs Osborne

15 February 2012 14:20

Moody’s doubts might not be making much difference to the actual economy, but they could make a good deal of…

Project Merlin may not wield a magic wand

13 February 2012 13:49

Are Project Merlin’s lending targets just a myth? On the basis of today’s figures it’s still rather hard to tell.…

A feast of Quantitative Easing

9 February 2012 12:25

Fire up the printing presses, once again. The Bank of England has just announced another £50 billion of Quantitative Easing,…

Inflation at 4.2 per cent is nothing to cheer

17 January 2012 11:41

Are today’s inflation figures cause for celebration? The Consumer Price Index rose a mere 4.2 per cent in the year…

Your three-point guide to today’s RBS report

12 December 2011 15:44

After months of delay, and much hounding by The Spectator’s Select Committee Chairman of the Year, Andrew Tyrie, the Financial…

Those gloomy OECD projections in full

28 November 2011 12:21

Thanks to the tremors along Westminster’s grapevine, we already knew that today’s OECD Economic Outlook would make for pretty dreary…

Nigel Lawson versus Mervyn King

19 November 2011 13:41

In this week’s Spectator we have a piece from one of our former editors, Nigel Lawson, where he confronts this…