Matthew Lynn

Rishi Sunak won’t be missed as Chancellor

6 July 2022 4:54 am

Rishi Sunak’s resignation was, without question, a brave, honourable and dignified decision. By stepping away from the cabinet, the Chancellor…

German industry is grinding to a halt

4 July 2022 10:45 pm

The Soviet Union had only just collapsed. John Major was still a relatively fresh-faced Prime Minister. And the internet consisted…

Macron’s Russian oil plan is bound to fail

28 June 2022 11:20 pm

It will drain Vladimir Putin of funds for his war machine. It will bring down inflation. And it might even…

Inflation is a social evil, so why don't our leaders care?

22 June 2022 9:32 pm

It was a ‘destroyer of society’, a ‘tax on ordinary people’s savings’ and a threat to social order. You don’t…

Why Biden’s inflation plan will fail

11 June 2022 1:45 am

It sounded impressive at the time. On the last day of May, a whole ten days ago, president Biden laid…

Things are about to get even worse for Boris Johnson

7 June 2022 10:06 pm

A round of tax cuts? A splurge of infrastructure spending? Or perhaps a whizzy way of subsidising housing? Boris Johnson…

The Biden Bust is here

29 April 2022 1:25 am

A wave of government spending would reboot the economy. Fairer taxes would pay for restored infrastructure. Skills would be improved,…

A football regulator is bad news for the beautiful game

25 April 2022 9:46 pm

It will stop shady oligarchs and brutal autocracies buying up clubs simply to whitewash their reputations. It will ensure financial…

Inflation is the real lockdown scandal

13 April 2022 10:05 pm

No. 10 was an endless series of parties. The Chancellor was more interested in socializing than sorting out the economy. And…

Rishi Sunak’s NFT gimmick is a step too far

5 April 2022 7:44 pm

We had got used to the expensive trainers. The carefully curated hoodies were just about acceptable. The Twitter feed was…

Can Elon Musk save Twitter?

4 April 2022 11:29 pm

Teslas will be permanently trending. So perhaps will space rockets. Petrol cars will be quietly forgotten about. And if you…

Is Biden trying to crash the economy?

28 March 2022 11:15 pm

A war is raging in Ukraine. Inflation has risen to a 30-year high and may have started to spiral out…

China’s zero Covid strategy is a threat to the global economy

16 March 2022 1:12 am

Aside from deterring a few tourists, and people filming fantasy epics, closing down New Zealand during the Covid pandemic didn’t…

Putin’s neo-communism is doomed to fail

11 March 2022 11:29 pm

It is responsible for inequality. For financial instability. And probably for poverty, racism and global warming as well. We have…

Sanctioning Roman Abramovich will change football forever

10 March 2022 11:27 pm

With refugees fleeing Ukraine, shells raining down on civilians, and threats of chemical weapons being used on the battlefields of…

Ethical investors have weakened the West's defences

2 March 2022 8:18 pm

It won’t be the first, or indeed the most serious, casualty of the war in Ukraine. It probably won’t be…

Macron’s energy intervention has seriously backfired

19 February 2022 9:58 pm

He intervened decisively. He showed the ability of the state to make a difference. And he demonstrated that greedy, self-interested…

Why ‘Ukraine carnage’ in the markets won’t last

16 February 2022 6:10 pm

Oil will shoot up to $130 a barrel. The prices of natural gas will double in a few hours, tipping…

Kirstie Allsopp is wrong about house prices

7 February 2022 12:32 am

They could cancel their Netflix subscriptions, stop drinking chai tea or go a little easier on the avocados and the smoothies.…

The flaw in Boris's levelling up agenda

2 February 2022 11:45 pm

Regional agencies pumping money into research and development. Targets for education and healthcare. Another layer of meddling local government, and…

The WFH bubble has burst

24 January 2022 6:05 pm

We would work over Zoom. We would all exercise on our Peletons. We would order in organic vegetable boxes, stream…

Has Macron shot France's energy industry in the foot?

21 January 2022 4:15 am

Gas prices are soaring. Europe could be about to witness electricity shortages. Power companies are collapsing by the day, and,…

The real crisis that could finish the Tories

18 January 2022 11:10 pm

Endless drinking parties at No. 10. Expensive flat refurbishments paid for by someone else. And plenty of ambitious rivals jostling…

Joe Biden has lost control of the economy

13 January 2022 3:04 am

A nudge on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. A gradual winding down of quantitative easing. No more stimulus cheques…

The hypocrisy of Elon Musk

5 January 2022 2:31 am

Tesla’s sleek, if expensive, electric cars are leading the battle against climate change. Its batteries are moving renewable energy into the…