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Banking after Brexit: what does the future look like?

20 October 2017 12:02

At a dinner on Sunday 1st October at the Conservative party conference, sponsored by Barclays, bankers, journalists, MPs and policy…

Will the City thrive after Brexit?

19 October 2017 16:03

Ten years on from the crash, the banks have few friends and fewer still who are willing to speak up…

Digby Jones should be on the Brexit negotiating team

18 October 2017 12:00

Ah yes, our top Brexit negotiating team… Sack Boris! Sack Spreadsheet Phil! Don’t bother sacking Theresa because she’s already had…

The real story about inflation? That 3pc is a blip, and the rate will soon fall

17 October 2017 16:00

Oh dear. About this time last year, as part of its series of predications about how the sky would fall…

There’s a progressive argument to be made for tuition fees – why won’t the government make it?

16 October 2017 18:04

Ever since Labour won over young voters at the last election, the Conservatives have been trying to work out how…

The cost of a Brexit ‘no deal’ is diminishing

16 October 2017 14:23

The exit bill keeps going higher and higher. No progress has been made on the Irish border, and not much…

The embarrassing role of economists on Brexit

13 October 2017 13:30

Just when the Brexit talks were beginning to look humiliating for the UK, the position has begun to be reversed.…

George Osborne: the politically homeless ex-chancellor

12 October 2017 21:38

Did the 2007-08 financial crisis cause Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? George Osborne’s answer,…

George Osborne: I’m just a journalist

12 October 2017 20:13

Ten years on from the financial crash and Theresa May is Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn is leader of the opposition…

The Clean Growth Strategy is yet another dubious government target

12 October 2017 16:18

In August I wrote here about the government’s pre-announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by…

Interview: Centrica CEO, Iain Conn, on the energy price cap

12 October 2017 8:21

Theresa May had wanted Ofgem to introduce a energy price cap: it said this would require new legislation and today…

What the papers say: Why we must prepare for a Brexit ‘no deal’

10 October 2017 8:41

Theresa May’s ‘I’m in charge’ message she delivered to Parliament wasn’t only aimed at MPs – it was also directed…

How powerful can the Tory Universal Credit rebellion really be?

9 October 2017 16:36

One of the brewing Tory rows of the autumn looks to be over Universal Credit, with Heidi Allen now claiming…

The Bombardier dispute could actually bring down May’s government

9 October 2017 15:01

When governments fall it often comes from an unexpected quarter. Thirty eight years ago, James Callaghan’s government fell not as…

If only the Tories understood how free market economics works

8 October 2017 9:00

‘I don’t think I’m quite as Austrian as you are,’ a Tory minister said to me the other day. And…

The best way to learn about socialism is to experience it

6 October 2017 15:33

I think it’s fair to say that Theresa May did not have a cracking conference, but the sympathy vote might…

Capping energy prices will leave us all worse off

4 October 2017 15:09

We have a couple of hundred years of economic history to tell us that some things are just a really,…

If the Tories won’t champion business and enterprise, who will?

2 October 2017 8:10

The well-known saying goes, ‘there is nothing to fear but fear itself’. This certainly should be the mantra of Brexit.…

Big business struggles to make friends at Labour’s conference

25 September 2017 17:24

Big business is back with a vengeance at this year’s Labour conference. Twelve months ago, in the wake of Jeremy…

We need a free market in credit cards – just like everything else

25 September 2017 13:33

There are some commercial decisions that are intrinsically difficult to defend. The plot of the last Captain America film, for…

The Uber ban is a pitiful howl against a changing economy

22 September 2017 13:48

Eight days. That’s how long you have left to enjoy Uber if you live in the capital. Transport for London,…

The political nature of statistics

20 September 2017 17:42

Sir David Norgrove, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), is an honourable man. When he publicly rebuked Boris…

Why is the UK’s supposedly impartial statistics watchdog joining the Boris-bashing?

17 September 2017 19:46

Okay, it’s a rainy Sunday, but surely the new chief of the UK Statistics Authority has better things to do…

London is still the world’s pre-eminent financial centre – for now

17 September 2017 8:30

Should we place faith in a survey, conducted in June but published this week, that says London is still the…

The Bank of England can’t remain in its ‘Brexit’ parallel universe forever

15 September 2017 12:04

House prices are in freefall. Unemployment is rising relentlessly. The pound is plunging on the markets, and companies are re-locating…