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Britain – not Brussels – is doing all the innovative thinking on Brexit

21 August 2017 14:48

We will be hopelessly out-witted by wily Brussels negotiators. We are unprepared for the scale of the task. We are…

Will the EU agree to the government’s Brexit customs union plans?

15 August 2017 9:28

Britain’s Brexit wish list is slowly being filled out. Today, the government sets out its plans for the temporary customs…

Even in the cesspit of elite football, the Neymar deal has a pungent whiff to it

12 August 2017 9:30

In a quiet season for business news, the giant cesspit that is the world of elite football can be relied…

Paid police informants are a necessary evil

11 August 2017 16:46

Police paying a convicted child rapist to be a covert informant will always turn stomachs. But the real stomach-churner is…

The 2007 financial crash changed all our lives for the worse

9 August 2017 9:19

It started as displacement activity, my immersion in the market mayhem of the summer of 2007. I was at home…

In defence of Neymar’s transfer fee

3 August 2017 17:47

A season ticket at the Parc des Princes, home to Paris Saint-Germain, will set you back somewhere between £336 and…

Bank of England: inflation blip is ‘entirely’ temporary

3 August 2017 16:54

Although Mark Carney has earned a reputation for doom-mongering over Brexit, today’s Bank of England press conference wasn’t all doom and…

Mark Carney’s gospel: give us an interest rate rise, Lord – but not yet

3 August 2017 15:05

Is there anything more predictable than a Mark Carney press conference? The poor sod in Groundhog Day got to enjoy…

Exports are booming thanks to the competitive pound

1 August 2017 13:55

Remember George Osborne in his hi-viz jacket as he toured the nation’s metal-bashers and gromit-manufacturers in furtherance of his elusive…

The BBC sisterhood has made the ultimate sacrifice – and asked for a pay rise

24 July 2017 15:15

The sisterhood is, apparently, ‘in full flow’ at the BBC. Since the publication last week of the salaries of its…

The IMF still hasn’t understood the economics of Brexit

24 July 2017 14:23

Output is under pressure. Prices are starting to rise, living standards are getting squeezed, and every day brings fresh stories…

Single mothers, not wealthy presenters, are the real victims of the BBC’s gender disparity

20 July 2017 16:13

There is a group of women who have every reason to feel aggrieved to learn that the BBC is paying Gary…

Is Vince Cable really an economic guru?

20 July 2017 11:43

Who has the most over-inflated reputation in British politics? Theresa May’s air of calculating caution is long gone, no one…

Don’t fall for the BBC spin on presenters’ pay

19 July 2017 9:02

Nothing seems to excite BBC reporters more than covering stories about the BBC. You can tell it in the tone…

Would Jane Austen be amused or bemused by her £10 note quotation?

18 July 2017 14:55

So, the new tenner has been unveiled today. Two centuries after her death, Jane Austen replaces Charles Darwin, who has…

The tax trap: why a £70k family isn’t much wealthier than a minimum wage family

18 July 2017 10:15

Among the many points of contention that arose during the election was Labour’s declaration that people earning more than £70k…

HS2 is steaming towards budgetary disaster

17 July 2017 14:15

Byng was the name of the unfortunate admiral executed in 1757, in the words of Voltaire, “pour encourager les autres”…

A recession is coming – but that doesn’t mean Brexit is to blame

13 July 2017 15:40

The Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) makes a point in its Fiscal Risk Report today that ought to be obvious and…

Are our pizzas really under threat from Brexit?

12 July 2017 11:37

Last week it was Vince Cable trying to tell us that Brexit was depriving Wimbledon spectators of their strawberries –…

Self-employed workers don’t need rescuing

11 July 2017 8:26

‘Workers,’ says Matthew Taylor, whose report into modern practices is published this week, ‘should be treated as human beings, not…

Is the EU-Japan ‘trade deal’ real – or just a stunt?

6 July 2017 19:17

There is much celebration in Brussels today about what’s being described as a EU-Japan trade deal, but for political rather than…

The CBI’s single market proposal presents the government with a dilemma

6 July 2017 18:53

After days spent fighting over the public sector pay cap, today marked a return to politics as usual. The Labour…

Why has it been left to David Cameron to make the case for ‘sound finances’?

4 July 2017 18:40

After days of ministers calling on Theresa May to scrap the public sector pay cap, the fightback has begun. But…

How to solve the public sector pay cap dilemma

3 July 2017 11:58

Of all the mistakes in the Conservative election campaign, possibly most grievous of all was the promise to maintain a…

What the papers say: Is it time for a tax hike?

29 June 2017 8:18

The 48 per cent have spoken – and they want higher taxes, according to the British Social Attitudes survey. In…