Banking crisis

Why the Vickers Review won’t harm the City’s global competitiveness

11 April 2011 19:53

The headline measure in the Vickers Review—the need for a ring fence between retail and investment banking—should not harm the…

Clearing up after the storm

2 April 2011 10:48

The recession has made Britain’s banks less competitive and they should be broken up, concludes the Treasury Select Committee. As…

On the whole, a qualified positive

23 March 2011 19:17

To be sure, there was some good stuff in the budget, and I probably feel more positive about it than…

Going for growth

23 February 2011 11:23

The government says it has a growth strategy. Speaking to the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference last October, the…

Bad banking

19 February 2011 10:28

No wonder the banks like Britain’s corporation tax regime. This morning’s newspapers all tell that Barclays paid just £113m in…

The coming coalition compromise on the banks

13 February 2011 14:25

One of the questions that most fascinates Westminster is what would make Vince Cable walk out of the coalition Cabinet.…

Rooting out the cause of the crisis

2 February 2011 18:27

David Frum is doing a great series on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report. The report is, obviously, US-centric but…

The crash from an Austrian perspective

10 January 2011 18:00

It’s not all politics at Westminster. There’s a pretty good think-tank scene too, with lectures on topics that you’re unlikely…

The Guardian’s Wiki-spin

1 December 2010 16:23

In today’s Wikileaks revelations, it is Mervyn King’s turn to be pushed through the mill. Did he act politically when…

Iberian blues

26 November 2010 15:32

I’m finishing a two-day trip to Spain and am about to board a plane, just as the bond markets turn…

Why Spain matters to Britain

25 November 2010 18:50

So far Ireland and Greece have been bailed out with relative ease. If Portugal required external assistance, Europe could run…

Ireland’s crisis is the fault of Fianna Fáil, not just the euro

22 November 2010 9:07

In all likelihood, George Osborne will rise this afternoon to groans if not jeers. Britain looks set to lend Ireland…

Ireland’s nightmare becomes Europe’s problem

15 November 2010 9:15

“We certainly haven’t looked to Europe.” That was the message spilling from the mouths of Irish Cabinet ministers last night…

G-20 in Seoul: Beyond “Camerkelism”

10 November 2010 17:59

David Cameron is now in Seoul for the first G-20 summit hosted by a non–G-7 member state. It will be…

Apocalypse soon

8 November 2010 15:23

Writing in the Irish Times, Morgan Kelly has denigrated the Irish government’s handling of the economy. Comparisons are often counter-factual…

Why the Tories didn’t win

16 October 2010 17:36

Courtesy of John Rentoul, Tim Bale, professor of politics at the University of Sussex, offers this appraisal of the 2010…

Bonuses: a question of political economy

22 September 2010 14:17

There is a reason why the coalition has used the Lib Dem conference to step up its rhetoric about the…

Cable shows his true colours

22 September 2010 9:07

‘[Capitalism] takes no prisoners and it kills competition where it can’. ‘Markets are often irrational or rigged.’ A snob would describe…

The "progressive coalition" cuts its teeth

15 September 2010 16:31

Trust Bob Crow to turn down the charm. Explaining why he was boycotting Mervyn King’s address to the TUC today,…

Stephen Green’s double-dip warnings

7 September 2010 12:02

The Big Tent just got a little bit bigger with the appointment of Stephen Green as trade minister. As most…