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Donald Trump is a free trade hero

19 September 2018 8:44

President Trump has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to increase trade. Under his wise rule, he assures us,…

Why should we listen to the IMF’s Brexit warning?

17 September 2018 11:57

Why are we so addicted to economic forecasts? We’ll know they are going to turn out to be wrong because…

The banks abandon Project Fear

11 September 2018 14:20

Three senior bankers from Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Citi descended on the House of Commons today to give evidence to…

Why GDP growth has nothing to do with the World Cup or the warm weather

10 September 2018 14:45

We don’t hear much of the phrase ‘despite Brexit’ any more – it is just a little too obvious. Instead,…

Poland is trying a new approach with capitalism. Will it work?

6 September 2018 14:17

After communism collapsed in 1989, Poland wiped its hands of socialism. Capitalism swept in, bringing fast-food chains and shopping malls.…

Was Wonga all bad?

1 September 2018 9:00

The wonder of Wonga is that it lasted so long. The arch-villain of the payday loan sector, which grew like…

Donald Trump’s WTO threat shows he is becoming predictable

31 August 2018 12:45

The obvious reaction to Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is that it…

The Spectator Podcast: When money dies

23 August 2018 11:35

Venezuela is racked with hyperinflation. The crisis is now so bad that the president has instituted a new currency which…

Revealed: the Scottish uni courses for (feepaying) English students only

17 August 2018 16:57

When Alex Salmond stepped down as First Minister, he famously unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the message ‘The rocks…

The UK economy is now growing faster than the Eurozone. Isn’t this good news?

10 August 2018 12:52

Maybe I should really give it a few more hours, but I can’t help noticing the lack of headlines this…

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…

Fewer British workers are sick, so why isn’t the Guardian celebrating?

1 August 2018 12:33

I know the Guardian is desperate to stop Brexit and will dredge up anything to try to back its case…

Books Podcast: Jesse Norman and how to properly appreciate Adam Smith

26 July 2018 16:29

Adam Smith is the most quoted and misquoted economist of all time. But was he the prophet of devil-take-the-hindmost neoliberalism,…

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…

Public sector pay rise masks political row to come

24 July 2018 14:36

The Downing Street media grid must be a rather dismal affair these days, with announcements planned that barely get any…

Elon Musk: Genius or jerk?

21 July 2018 9:00

Elon Musk, the California-based entrepreneur behind the Tesla electric car, the SpaceX commercial rocket venture and several other wacky start-ups,…

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…

Theresa May’s Brexit fear is selling Britain short

19 July 2018 10:52

The EU is afraid of us, but we’ve got a prime minister who is afraid of the EU. The declaration…

‘I’m literally a communist’ T-shirt – literally free market economics

17 July 2018 15:26

Last week, the left-wing blogger Ash Sarkar told Piers Morgan she was ‘literally a communist’ after the pair got into…

Business should now get behind ‘no deal’ with the EU

16 July 2018 14:50

Both the Brexit and and Foreign Secretaries have resigned. The Chequers agreement, if that is the right word, looks about…

Trump surprises Nato members with demand that they should spend 4% on defence

11 July 2018 18:26

Donald Trump has demanded that Nato members spend four percent of their GDP on defence. He is proposing a doubling…

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…

What is China up to in the Arctic?

7 July 2018 13:00

In January, a pair of pandas flew to Finland on a diplomatic mission. Hua Bao and Jin Bao Bao had been…