Economy

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…

A Brexit bust? No, the real danger lies in the debt-fuelled boom

1 January 2017 18:02

At the Westfield shopping centre in east London, the queues started at 2 a.m. on Christmas night. In Wrexham, people started…

Philip Hammond delivers a politically placid autumn statement

23 November 2016 15:11

Philip Hammond started his autumn statement to the House of Commons by saying his style would be rather different to…

What does Philip Hammond have planned for the autumn statement?

29 October 2016 10:05

The City and Westminster are waiting to see what Philip Hammond does in the autumn statement next month. I write…

GDP data shows strong growth in UK economy after Brexit vote. Who’d have thunk it?

27 October 2016 10:43

After the Brexit vote, the Financial Times summed up the general mood in the City by running a weekly doomometer,…

Social investment is changing our economy

24 October 2016 11:59

Social investment is starting to transform the way that parts of our economy work. Social investments include loans and shares…

Brexit relief as government insiders expect Nissan to announce it is building its new car in Sunderland

22 October 2016 11:35

Government insiders expect Nissan to announce that it is building the new Qashqai in Sunderland in the next week or…

Philip Hammond’s ‘sombre’ speech acknowledges the impact of Brexit on businesses

3 October 2016 16:07

Philip Hammond’s speech has had a mixed reaction from his MP colleagues, it is fair to say. A number have…

The Brexit bounce continues – ten forecasters up their predictions for 2016 growth

21 September 2016 12:49

The Brexit bounce continues. HM Treasury has today released forecasts of the economists it follows, as it does every month.…

Mark Carney’s referendum ‘uncertainty spike’ exposed as bluster

26 August 2016 12:02

In the runup to the referendum, we heard repeated warnings that, whatever the outcome of the actual vote, the damage…

Set out your Brexit model, Foreign Secretary tells Tory leadership contenders

26 June 2016 11:22

This morning, Philip Hammond has insisted that those running for the Tory leadership explicitly set out how they intend to…