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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…

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…

Naz Shah gets another NHS payday

5 July 2018 17:19

‘Happy 70th Birthday to our wonderful NHS,’ the Labour MP Naz Shah tweeted earlier today. Shah isn’t the only one…

Number 10: We’ll do a free trade deal with the US

5 July 2018 16:31

Earlier I wrote about how a paper circulated to ministers before Chequers makes clear that the UK’s plan to follow a…

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…

Osborne at a loss over Evening Standard

29 June 2018 14:31

Evening Standard editor, Kissinger Fellow, Honorary Economics Professor, Blackrock Advisor and Stanford Visiting fellow George Osborne is a skilled man…

Jeremy Hunt tells Tories that a ‘low taxes at all costs’ party would lose the next election

28 June 2018 21:23

In conversation with Andrew Neil at a Spectator event this evening, Jeremy Hunt defended the principle of increasing taxes to…

Full text: Liz Truss’s LSE lecture – ‘I want to take a zero-tolerance approach to wasteful spend’

27 June 2018 8:30

As an economics geek, and a committed free marketer, I’ve always admired the London School of Economics. Despite its left-wing…

Businesses should try and shape Brexit – not fight it

26 June 2018 13:20

Airbus will abandon the UK. The car factories will all be closed down. Trade will grind to a halt, we…

Tom Watson’s gambling hypocrisy

26 June 2018 11:24

When it was announced that the crackdown on fixed-odds betting machines could be delayed for up to two years, Labour’s…

Treasury X Factor: Tory MPs belatedly summoned to find the money for NHS pledge

21 June 2018 14:55

How do you find the money to pay for a £20bn NHS funding pledge? Usually such discussions – and eventual…

Why are NHS funding critics silent on Quantitative Easing?

19 June 2018 13:37

After the prime minister’s announcement that the NHS would be given a large boost in funding only partly paid for…

The ‘Brexit dividend’ for the NHS is Theresa May’s new Magic Money Tree

17 June 2018 10:19

So the Tories have, as The Spectator predicted last month, announced an extra £384 million a week for the National…

QE is the biggest thing in politics but politicians aren’t talking about it

15 June 2018 12:53

Essay question: what was the most consequential British public policy decision taken in the last 10 years? Clue: it wasn’t…

It’s not always true that bosses should walk the plank when something goes wrong

15 June 2018 12:16

Should he stay or should he go — or will he already have gone by the time you read this?…

The NHS bus pledge could have a sting in the tail for the Tories

15 June 2018 11:14

Today’s newspapers have managed to catch up with our cover story from last month: Theresa May has agreed to a…

Stormzy’s Labour Live price tag

14 June 2018 0:04

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to deliver ’21st century socialism’ to the UK if elected. Only Mr S isn’t so sure…