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Tell us your broadband woes

6 August 2018 13:07

My anecdote last week about upgrading to BT’s ‘superfast’ broadband provoked several readers, unasked, to tell me their own unsatisfactory…

Another £43bn for HS2? How about some austerity instead

5 August 2018 12:38

There is a big glaring problem for anyone trying to accuse the government of ‘austerity’ – a charge that is…

Labour’s universal basic income would leave the poorest worst off

3 August 2018 7:00

Google the words ‘Universal Basic Income’ and you will be find high praise and excitement from a wide-ranging collection of…

The interest rate rise is better late than never

2 August 2018 15:38

When interest rates were lowered to an ‘emergency’ level of 0.5 per cent in 2009, the market consensus was that…

Two steps back: the Taylor Review one year on

1 August 2018 13:34

Citizens of nowhere. ‘Keeping pace with the changing world of work’. Two phrases you might just about remember from 2016,…

We need to reimagine the UK’s coastal communities into a coastal powerhouse

26 July 2018 17:23

The British public vote for Brexit sent shockwaves around major cities throughout the globe. However, in many of our coastal…

The EU’s migration solution? Throw cash at the problem

26 July 2018 7:26

When European leaders met earlier this month to thrash out an agreement on  migration, they succeeded in rescuing German Chancellor Angela…

Best Buys: First time buyer mortgage rates

24 July 2018 16:26

If you’re looking to take your first steps onto the property ladder, this week’s Best Buys – from data supplied…

How ‘safe’ is the Bank of England?

20 July 2018 11:16

‘Safe as the Bank of England.’ So goes the old phrase. And yes, with walls 8ft thick, the Old Lady…

The importance of ethical banking

20 July 2018 10:47

When I first visited Canary Wharf in the early 1990s, I was struck by a set of black-and-white posters in…

Is there money to be made from the blockchain hype?

17 July 2018 18:59

It is said that the story of diamond mining in South Africa began with someone who inadvertently kicked a large…

Why is Theresa May so dependent on Angela Merkel?

17 July 2018 10:00

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

Has UK productivity really seen a revival?

12 July 2018 11:23

Bank of England economists Will Holman and Tim Pike claim to have spotted a productivity revival, on the basis of…

Gary Lineker tops the BBC pay league

11 July 2018 12:31

Whether or not England win their World Cup semi-final tonight, one thing is guaranteed: Gary Lineker has plenty to be…

Best Buys: Notice savings accounts

11 July 2018 11:55

Notice accounts require you to give advance notice of any plans to withdraw money – but at the same time,…

In 1986, Nicholas Coleridge predicted that the yuppies’ high life wouldn’t last

9 July 2018 12:56

This piece was first published in the ‘190 years of The Spectator’ special. 15 March 1986 It is difficult to…

Brexit isn’t the cause of High Street woes

7 July 2018 9:00

As someone who follows the news on Radio 4 at 6, 7 and 8 each morning, I notice that the…

How will the markets react to Trump’s upcoming talks?

5 July 2018 14:55

This week NATO meets. Mr Trump will want more progress with increasing spending by European allies. Many of them are…

The problem with Theresa May’s Brexit compromise

4 July 2018 12:36

At Chequers over the next couple of days Theresa May, along with her chief Brexit-sceptic ministers Philip Hammond and Greg…

How is Theresa May’s NHS funding boost landing with voters?

3 July 2018 15:45

How is Theresa May’s big £20bn funding pledge landing with the public? That’s the question Tory MPs are beginning to…

Best Buys: Credit cards for use abroad

3 July 2018 10:52

If you’re going abroad for your summer holidays, you want to make sure that your credit card gives you the…

Don’t interfere with Britain’s charitable causes

28 June 2018 21:16

A new body called the Charity Tax Commission has been asked to look into the £3.7 billion tax reliefs given…

Defence of the realm

28 June 2018 18:08

The Defence Select Committee called for the defence budget to be raised by £17 billion a year, from just over…