Recession

Is Britain really heading for a Brexit recession?

9 August 2019 13:15

The sense of excitement among some Remainers is almost palpable. Finally – after three years of waiting – a quarter…

Why didn’t the experts warn us about the Remain Recession?

10 June 2019 13:45

The economy would tank. Trade would collapse. Unemployment would soar, and house prices would sink. In the run-up to the…

If it takes a credit card to live like Kim Kardashian, then so be it

24 August 2017 14:47

Recent figures around the UK’s credit and debit card debt are startling indeed, with the number of transactions rising to…

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…

Britain’s borrowing binge – not Brexit – should be the big worry for the Bank of England

31 March 2017 12:31

So, the Office of National Statistics has confirmed that the economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the last quarter…

Today’s GDP figures show the ‘inevitable’ Brexit recession wasn’t so inevitable after all

27 October 2016 10:49

So now we know. The recession that we were told would be ‘inevitable’ if we voted to leave the EU…

The Treasury dishes up more Brexit fearmongering. Will it work?

23 May 2016 7:58

It’s now exactly one month until the EU referendum and the Treasury has marked the moment with another economic warning…

Jobs miracle or low-pay disaster? Andrew Lilico and David Blanchflower debate

14 December 2015 10:00

Dear David, From Q2 1979 to Q1 1981, quarterly real GDP fell in the UK by 5.5%. Unemployment rose rapidly,…

Why the UK should should be subject to different rules on European migrants

23 October 2014 11:25

The rest of Europe has, predictably, reacted negatively to the suggestion that the UK should be able to impose some…

Sir Andrew Motion, there’s much more to rural life than housing

30 March 2013 12:06

Five years of living in squalid parts of London has made me appreciate my rural upbringing. I grew up on…

Whisper it, but the British economy may in better shape than you think... - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 12:51

Doom and gloom is all around. This is another winter, if not of discontent, then certainly of persistent grumbling. Optimism…

Worst recovery in history: British GDP shrinks by 0.3 per cent

25 January 2013 9:34

Now we know why David Cameron delivered his Europe speech on Wednesday. It’s time for bad headlines again: the GDP…

Eurozone enters double dip recession

15 November 2012 9:50

The Eurozone is now in recession – this, at least, is what is implied by today’s avalanche of dire economic…

Employment returns to pre-crash levels

12 September 2012 14:30

Employment has almost entirely recovered to its pre-recession peak, according to today’s new figures. Total employment for May to July…

City retribution

19 July 2012 11:00

When City AM editor Allister Heath was leaving the BBC’s Westminster studios on Friday, the last thing he would have…

Balls’s argument is detached from reality

25 April 2012 21:26

So who killed the recovery? Ed Balls points to a ‘recession made in Downing St,’ and has gone on a…

Britain’s longest downturn

25 April 2012 11:20

As of today, we now have four years’ worth of GDP figures since the UK first went into recession —…

The economy adds to Cameron’s woes

25 April 2012 10:35

This morning brought the economic news that the coalition has been dreading: the country has double dipped. Now, this is…

Our economy fell back into recession

25 April 2012 9:31

Or at least technically-speaking it did. The figures released this morning suggest that the economy shrank by 0.2 per cent…

The recession: four years and counting

25 January 2012 17:49

It is now four years since recession hit the UK. It took just over three years for GDP to return…