Economy

Money to burn: shoppers, not the state, will lead our recovery

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Consumers, not ministers, will lead the recovery

Can the ‘next Bicester Village’ take off without tourists?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Retail footfall will be the first measure of recovery this spring. Everywhere I look, from central London to small-town Yorkshire,…

Why the West should stop investing in China

29 March 2021 7:27 pm

The Prime Minister has called for an international coalition of free countries to oppose the growing influence of China’s authoritarian…

Will Covid cost less than expected?

20 March 2021 2:19 am

It’s no surprise that the bill for Covid-19 keeps racking up. The Office for Budget Responsibility’s latest forecast predicts borrowing will…

Are Wall Street’s ‘Spacs’ about to make waves in the City?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

This column generally takes a sceptical view of financial novelties and gimmicks. So my antennae have twitched in recent days…

Letters: What happens if interest rates rise?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Spinning plates Sir: Kate Andrews is right to highlight the looming risk of inflation (‘Rishi’s nightmare’, 6 March), but to…

Boris, Biden and the era of big government

13 March 2021 4:22 am

Bill Clinton’s declaration that ‘the era of big government is over’ summed up the late 1990s political zeitgeist. Centre-left political…

The UK economy is suffering worse than most

12 March 2021 11:53 pm

Last week The Spectator highlighted new data from the OECD that offers a weekly update comparing a country’s current GDP…

Rishi’s nightmare: will inflation crush the recovery?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Fear of inflation is stalking the Treasury

What Rishi Sunak could learn from the vaccine rollout

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Barely a year has passed since Rishi Sunak’s first Budget. Its centrepiece was a £30 billion stimulus designed to calm…

Up Crash: why are markets soaring as the economy tanks?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The economy is tanking but stock markets are soaring. Why?

Will freedom always be just over the horizon?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

We should talk about horizons, and the setting of desirable ones. A newspaper gave it a go the other day…

Why it’s a good time to invest in a pub

13 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s obvious from the body language of Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey that negative interest rates — much talked…

Business rebirth is always possible – with the right help

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The online fashion retailer Boohoo is buying Debenhams without its stores and staff, confirming the demise of the high street.…

‘Inessential’ workers have helped keep the country afloat

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A common sight across Britain these past ten months has been those rainbow flags fluttering in urban and village streets:…

Capital punishment: why wealth taxes don’t work

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Why wealth taxes don’t work

The rise of the super pessimist

25 January 2021 5:00 pm

Covid isn’t the only thing to have developed a dangerous strain in the UK; pessimism has also mutated and is…

Are there any mountains left unclimbed?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Bad service Economic growth fell by 2.6% in November, the month of the second lockdown, compared with falls of 7.3%…

Could the Australian approach to Covid work in Britain?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The government’s most important economic policy is its vaccination programme. The speed at which people are immunised will determine when…

Why 2021 could be the year of economic Armageddon

2 January 2021 2:43 am

The British economy is wrapped in bandages – we won’t know whether the wound has scabbed or turned septic until…

The ideological bankruptcy of modern monetary theory

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing new about ‘new monetary theory’

Ring out, wild bells: 2021 will be a year of renewal

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Save for those old enough to have lived through the second world war and its immediate austere aftermath, it would…

Do divorces really increase after Christmas?

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Now and then Were households allowed to mix at Christmas during the plague? Samuel Pepys’s diary entry for 25 December…

Where is the Conservatives’ post-Brexit agenda?

18 December 2020 2:30 am

What’s the point of Brexit? We are told it is to take back control, but that is a means to…

More Brexit talks are the worst possible outcome for the economy

14 December 2020 12:53 am

Currency speculators at some of the hedge funds in Mayfair may be feeling quietly pleased.Trade experts will be relieved that…