Banking crisis

Hard going for the government

13 July 2010 13:45

A tough morning for the government at the hands of Tyrie, Fallon and rest of the Treasury Select Committee. Sir…

A good war

17 June 2010 10:35

As Allister Heath notes in City AM this morning, Mervyn King has had a good war. Well, not so much…

Ten questions for Gordon Brown tonight

29 April 2010 18:38

By rights, Gordon Brown should fear this debate on the economy more than any other. Here are ten questions I…

Brown comes under heavy fire on Today

8 April 2010 9:04

Woah. I doubt Brown will endure many tougher twenty-minute spells during this election campaign than his interview with on the…

Another dangerous Quango in the offing

24 March 2010 16:33

This government’s love of quangos reached new heights in today’s Budget when Darling announced the creation of a ‘credit adjudicator…

Two blasts from the past

17 March 2010 13:55

Michael Savage observes that Cameron’s denunciation of Brown’s ‘weak’ premiership recalled Tony Blair’s famous savaging of the ‘weak, weak, weak’…

Osborne colours the water blue

15 March 2010 9:10

George Osborne has long been in the City’s crosshairs, and criticism peaked last week when less than a quarter of…

City middlemen don’t like Osborne precisely because he is competent

11 March 2010 12:33

The City’s elopement with New Labour has ended violently. A poll of leading financiers, conducted by City AM, reveals that…

Hague and Cameron are vindicated for leaving the EPP

10 March 2010 17:35

Daniel Hannan breaks the, sadly, not very surprising news that MEPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of an EU Tobin…

Clegg: Heir to Thatcher?

10 March 2010 15:20

Nick Clegg has a blue rose in his mouth in tomorrow’s Spectator, serenading readers – and showing his hidden Tory…

An interview packed with Brownies

26 February 2010 15:00

Brownies galore in our PM’s interview with the Economist. So many, in fact, that I thought I do a quick…

God stand up for bankers

25 February 2010 14:43

He’ll have to because nobody else will. As Robert Peston says ‘Poor RBS, poor Britain’ – today’s figures are catastrophic.…

The Real New Statesman

12 February 2010 23:35

I am the last person to speak ill of the New Statesman. But even during those golden years when I…

Obama is playing politics

22 January 2010 12:09

FDR was plainly confident when he indicted the “practices of unscrupulous money lenders” during his 1933 inauguration address; Obama’s speech…

What will Labour do with the extra £1.5bn?

20 January 2010 18:02

Labour’s tax on banks that pay big bonuses was budgeted to yield £550 million. But because the tax has failed…

The not so steady creep of inflation

19 January 2010 12:01

As Mark Bathgate and Fraser warned, the economic crisis now has an added dimension: inflation. The government’s preferred marker, the…

Three steps to cleaning up our toxic banks

18 January 2010 10:51

Fraser outlined the problem with the British banks in his earlier post, but I’d like to suggest a three-step solution.…

Osborne looks to Sweden, but let’s not turn Japanese

16 January 2010 18:52

The Tories have said plenty to dismay me in the last few weeks, so I was delighted to pick up…

It’s not just the bankers who will be hanged

29 December 2009 16:57

Oh, Darling, what hast thou done?  There are few more pertinent, or more damning, examples of what the government’s soak-the-rich…

How much more will Darling have to borrow?

9 December 2009 14:36

The figure of £178 billion in the Budget – for 2009/10 – is by no means the full story. For…