Economy

Why Centrica is right to restore its dividend

6 August 2022 9:00 am

‘What’s worse, they’re paying the profits to shareholders,’ said a grey-haired woman ahead of me in the Co-op queue. ‘Bloody…

The real difference between Sunak and Truss's tax policies

2 August 2022 12:53 am

The Tory leadership race is becoming a test of patience. Today Rishi Sunak has laid out his plan to slash…

Trussonomics doesn’t add up

30 July 2022 9:00 am

I’ve been lucky enough in my working life so far to hold a string of jobs that have allowed me…

‘You can’t have your cake and eat it’: Rishi Sunak talks to Charles Moore

30 July 2022 9:00 am

As the leadership contest hots up, Charles Moore and Rishi Sunak sit down for a chat

Is the US in recession?

29 July 2022 1:27 am

There’s an almighty debate ongoing in the US about what exactly a ‘recession’ is. Regardless of semantics, the numbers are…

The future of the Tories is at stake

23 July 2022 9:00 am

To govern is to choose. So leadership contests for a party in government tend to come down to a key…

My Tory leadership race fantasy game

16 July 2022 9:00 am

‘Black swan’ theory, developed by the writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb, refers to unexpected events that have extreme consequences but are…

The rail strikes could be the end of the line for Boris

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Here I go again, in my occasional role as your intrepid transport correspondent. Last week I reported on airport chaos,…

The case for hiking interest rates

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Check out these hyperventilating headlines from last week: ‘What the Fed’s largest interest rate hike in decades means for you’…

Who’s to blame for the air travel crisis?

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I sincerely hope you’re not reading this on a holiday flight that’s sitting on the tarmac with no indication as…

Is the Elizabeth line worth the cost?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s 8.16 on Tuesday morning and I’m actually writing this on a moving Elizabeth line train. Moving in the sense…

The one thing Netflix could do to keep me subscribing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Anecdotes and statistics should never be confused, but let’s do just that to build a composite picture of today’s UK…

How much did Emily Maitlis cost licence fee payers?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Off duty How many non-doms are there in the UK? – In the year ending 2020, 75,700 people filled in…

Could we be heading for a second Covid recession?

11 April 2022 8:25 pm

The political story for the moment is the cost of living crisis. But by the end of the year could…

How men’s pants predict economic crashes

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Should you happen to spot me these days lurking outside a Calvin Klein boutique, notebook in hand, I assure you…

Is this the end of borrow and spend?

30 March 2022 2:00 am

Since the spring statement last week, Rishi Sunak has been dealing with complaints from all sides: the right have been…

The moral of P&O: too many strategic assets are in foreign hands

26 March 2022 9:00 am

P & O once stood for ‘Peninsular and Oriental’, with pleasant connotations of sailings to Cadiz and Constantinople – but…

Letters: We’re all still paying for the financial crash

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Don’t blame the banks? Sir: Kate Andrews struggles to disentangle the causes of the developing cost-of-living crisis (‘Cold truth’, 19…

The moral courage of P.J. O’Rourke

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Was it Socrates who said that chaos was the natural state of mankind, and tyranny the usual remedy? Actually it…

Bad news, Governor: the wage-rise spiral is already raging

19 February 2022 9:00 am

I’ve had the opportunity recently to take part in wage-rise discussions for several small entities in which I’m involved. The…

The Chancellor's horrible task ahead

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Whether Rishi Sunak is prime minister or still chancellor this spring, fate is handing him a poisoned chalice. Looking back,…

This government’s greatest failure is economic

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘The main job of a government is to ensure that the economics don’t go wrong.’ So argued an economist friend…

Has Boris made you better off?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Despite the political misery for Boris Johnson as he ends the year, he has a big hope: that salaries will…

The economic impact of the latest Covid restrictions

30 November 2021 10:00 pm

We don’t yet know whether the Omicron variant will drastically accelerate the spread of coronavirus, or whether it will circumvent…

Running on empty: the government is out of fuel – and ideas

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The government has no ideas and no direction