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Rupert Murdoch is selling Sky at the top of the market

14 December 2017 16:09

There are plenty of questions to be asked about the decision by Rupert Murdoch to sell 21st-Century Fox, including Sky…

The last thing the UK needs is higher Scottish taxes

12 December 2017 13:17

A top rate of 50 percent? A wider range of tax bands? Lower allowances? Or some combination of all three?…

Watch: Labour’s Brexit single market muddle

11 December 2017 16:04

Working out Labour’s position on the single market is no easy task. Jeremy Corbyn has said Brexit will mean Britain…

Ignore the motorheads telling us that we all need new cars

6 December 2017 15:07

The motorheads are at it again. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK auto manufacturers lobby group,…

In defence of Saturday jobs

6 December 2017 12:46

In August 1988, after weeks of practice, I created the perfect Mr Whippy ice cream. I was 14 and I…

Here’s how Theresa May can show she is still serious about social mobility

4 December 2017 14:04

As someone who cares about – and has experienced – social mobility, I’m sad to see Alan Milburn, Gillian Shephard…

The Spectator Podcast: For richer, for poorer

30 November 2017 15:31

On this week’s episode we’ll be discussing whether marriage is becoming an elite institution. We’ll also be wondering if the…

How many Tory MPs would vote against giving the EU a £45bn divorce settlement?

29 November 2017 17:22

The most important thing coming from No 10 this morning is not anything they have said – but instead what…

Here’s what we should get from Brussels for our £40 billion

29 November 2017 14:45

A high speed rail line from Manchester to Glasgow. Three of the shiny new Elizabeth lines crossing London. Thirty or…

This EU ‘divorce bill’ is more like a ransom

29 November 2017 8:23

A ‘bill’ is not commonly subject to negotiation. It arrives after a customer has contracted for the purchase of goods…

The focus on ‘deprived’ areas has failed Britain’s forgotten poor

28 November 2017 13:04

Can anyone really be surprised that among the worst districts for social mobility identified by Alan Milburn’s Social Mobility Commission…

Can the government stop its industrial strategy from turning into a Brexit row?

27 November 2017 17:35

Why is a Conservative government publishing an industrial strategy? This afternoon, Business Secretary Greg Clark tried to insist to MPs…

Changing lifestyles, not zombie companies, are the reason for low productivity

27 November 2017 14:53

The zombie company concept was developed in Japan, to suggest that persistent low interest rates allowed heavily indebted companies (who…

The Universal Credit is supposed to streamline benefits from October 2013. Picture: Getty.

Budget leaves Universal Credit claimants in precarious position over Christmas

23 November 2017 17:52

If Philip Hammond’s Budget was designed to stave off any particularly pressing problems, rather than really building the Britain that…

Michael Fallon calls for a revival of shareholder capitalism

23 November 2017 15:06

In the Budget debate today, Michael Fallon made his first intervention since resigning from the government over misconduct allegations. Fallon’s…

‘The end of austerity keeps slipping out of view’: The IFS’s Budget verdict

23 November 2017 14:28

Yesterday’s Budget was more about the OBR’s forecasts than it was the Chancellor’s policy decisions. The forecasts for productivity, earnings…

Lurking in the Budget is a problem much bigger and badder than Brexit

22 November 2017 17:15

My Budget reaction is mostly: Meh. By that, I mean this won’t really change the weather, though it might just…

Philip Hammond is not the man to take the battle to Jeremy Corbyn

22 November 2017 16:34

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing down its importance — for his big ideas on fiscal…

Stamp duty was already a mess – but we just made it worse

22 November 2017 15:26

We could have given them free Spotify subscriptions. Or Just Eat vouchers. Instead, the government’s pitch to Jezza-loving twenty-somethings was…

Five things you need to know about Hammond’s Budget

22 November 2017 15:03

After months of Tory nerves, Philip Hammond has just finished presenting his Autumn Budget in the Chamber. Among the main…

The Budget shows the Tories are still ignoring some big problems

22 November 2017 14:51

On Budget Day, MPs and journalists joke about it being a ‘quiet day’ and ‘not much going on’ as they…

Philip Hammond’s fiscal fix? A tax on cheap cider, fags and diesel cars

22 November 2017 14:42

So where are the nasties? Philip Hammond’s Budget speech can be summed up as follows:  £2.8 billion for the NHS, £44…

Live: Autumn Budget 2017

22 November 2017 12:37

Philip Hammond avoided any disasters in his second budget of 2017. Here are the headline announcements: Growth forecasts downgraded: Britain’s economy…

Revealed: Universal Credit director wins award for… project management

22 November 2017 9:25

You don’t have to be a member of Her Majesty’s Opposition to conclude that something has gone wrong with the…

The tin-eared chancellor: Philip Hammond’s ten worst gaffes

21 November 2017 16:46

Tomorrow is D-day for Philip Hammond. As the Chancellor puts the finishing touches to his Budget, Tory MPs wait nervously…