Economy

Brexit is already changing the British economy – for the better

11 September 2019 12:16

The government has lost its majority. The constitution has fallen apart. The country no longer has any idea whether it…

Sajid Javid’s free-spending spending review

4 September 2019 14:36

Close your eyes, and you could have been listening to Gordon Brown in his pomp. Seven billion for schools. Six…

Is Britain really heading for a Brexit recession?

9 August 2019 13:15

The sense of excitement among some Remainers is almost palpable. Finally – after three years of waiting – a quarter…

A weak pound is nothing to fear

16 July 2019 13:19

Ed Conway, Sky News’s economics editor, tweets this morning that sterling has notched up a dubious record – it stands…

The flawed logic behind Brokenshire’s landlord bashing

16 April 2019 16:14

In what Communities Secretary James Brokenshire described as ‘the biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation’, the…

What can Monday’s Budget do to make business feel better?

25 October 2018 20:15

‘Uncertainty is draining investment from the UK, with Brexit having a negative impact on eight in ten businesses,’ says Carolyn…

The facts about the Venezuelan economy

30 August 2018 21:12

Contrary to the impression given by Jason Mitchell, Venezuela does not have a socialist economy (‘Maduro’s madness’, 25 August). It…

Britain’s economy is not suffering as much as the doom-mongers insist

24 August 2018 12:35

This piece first appeared as the leading article in The Spectator.  Economies run on confidence — as Franklin D. Roosevelt…

Brexit isn’t to blame for dismal GDP growth – and nor is the weather

27 April 2018 11:35

The government’s opponents were not slow, as usual, to blame today’s disappointing data on economic growth on Brexit (the IOD)…

Don’t panic about the stock market plunge

6 February 2018 10:47

The Dow drops by eleven hundred points, its largest one-day fall ever. Equities around the world crash in sympathy. The…

Roger Bootle: A post-Brexit Britain could be ‘more open, less protectionist and more competitive’

19 September 2017 18:35

One of the City’s best-known economists, Roger Bootle, discusses whether a success could be made from Brexit, just over a…

It’s vital we act now to fix the ticking time bomb under our economy

24 June 2017 10:00

The UK economy is not in good shape. We invest a lower proportion of our GDP every year than almost…

Unemployment is at its lowest since 1975. Can someone tell the Tories?

15 June 2017 12:09

British government may not be strong and stable but the economy is still the most formidable job creating machine in…

‘Can Britain’s digital economy be a global leader?’

1 June 2017 8:48

Recently, The Spectator held a roundtable discussion on the digital economy, featuring Matt Hancock, minister for digital and culture, Garrett…

Food inflation means bigger bills for shoppers

31 May 2017 11:51

Ah, butter. Salted, unsalted, English, French, garlic, spreadable, straight from the fridge – just thinking about the many forms of…

Inflation at highest level since 2013

16 May 2017 13:55

There’s bad news for households this morning following the news that inflation has soared to its highest level since September…

Britain’s borrowing binge – not Brexit – should be the big worry for the Bank of England

31 March 2017 12:31

So, the Office of National Statistics has confirmed that the economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the last quarter…

Tory MP does Labour’s bidding on the economy

6 February 2017 12:53

It’s not been a great few days for Daniel Kawczynski. First the Tory MP had to cancel a controversial Commons reception…

What the papers say: Britain’s booming economy and ‘whinging’ Whitehall

6 January 2017 8:24

The front page of the Times makes happy reading for the Government this morning with its news that Britain’s economy…

A post-Brexit slump? Here’s the good news about Britain’s economy you didn’t hear

4 January 2017 16:05

The rearguard Remain campaign is now living in a parallel universe. In the past 24 hours we have heard endless…