Inflation

Britain’s cost of living crisis worsens

20 January 2022 3:24 am

If Boris Johnson manages to cling on to his job, he’ll have much more than the parties of lockdowns past…

Can the Bank of England get a grip on soaring inflation?

15 December 2021 9:18 pm

Yet again, inflation has surged past expectations – this time hitting 5.1 per cent in November, a ten-year high, up…

Inflation rises again. The BoE has questions to answer

18 November 2021 6:25 am

Inflation is back, and while some people continue to cling to the idea that its resurgence is a temporary phenomenon, today’s…

Eighteen months of inflation is not 'transitory'

13 November 2021 11:25 am

The big central banks have been insisting for months now that the rise in inflation is temporary, and will fade…

Does Joe Biden understand inflation?

11 November 2021 4:00 am

I have a horrible feeling that the Biden presidency may come to be defined by a single quote which will…

What is the Bank of England playing at?

6 November 2021 10:58 pm

Last week, the Bank of England sent a number of confused messages. One was almost shocking: Andrew Bailey said that…

The Bank of England’s inflation rate stunt

5 November 2021 6:19 am

He isn’t Canadian. He doesn’t dominate the Davos circuit with platitudes about climate change. And he isn’t constantly warning that…

Responsible Rishi's Budget balancing act

27 October 2021 4:00 am

Rishi Sunak has released photos of his Budget prep, as he prepares to stand up in the House of Commons…

Sunak faces the free-marketeers

6 October 2021 7:47 am

Rishi Sunak didn’t give too much away tonight when he spoke at the ThinkTent Conservative Party Conference. The Chancellor is…

Has the Bank of England given up on its duty on inflation?

24 September 2021 4:47 am

Has the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee quietly excused itself from its duty of keeping inflation down: namely, keeping the…

Is the inflation panic over? Probably not

14 September 2021 8:44 pm

So, is the post-Covid inflation panic over? That is how it looked last month, when the government’s preferred inflation index,…

Is the UK trapped in an inflationary spiral?

8 September 2021 7:20 am

Are we heading for a 1970s-style inflationary spiral? Not according to Catherine Mann, former chief economist at Citigroup, who argues…

The Bank of England's new monetary hawk

2 September 2021 1:55 am

Andy Haldane’s departure from the Bank of England opened up one of the most influential roles in guiding UK monetary…

Germany’s post-war recovery was no economic miracle

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Lord Macaulay wrote that ‘during the century and a half which followed the Conquest there is, to speak strictly, no…

Britain is ill-prepared to deal with rising inflation

15 July 2021 8:03 am

Inflation is on the rise again. For the third consecutive month, the Consumer Prices index outpaced the forecasters’ consensus, landing at…

Has the Bank of England just blown its chance to stop inflation?

24 June 2021 10:45 pm

The economy is growing at a blistering pace, and likely to recover all its Covid losses by the autumn. Labour…

Is inflation about to bite?

16 June 2021 10:49 pm

The signs were there for all to see — pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and so on all pushing up their prices. Businesses…

Two reasons why Andy Haldane is right to worry about inflation

11 June 2021 8:25 am

Companies are facing critical shortages of staff. Commodity prices keep spiking upwards. Central banks are printing money on an unprecedented…

Has Covid accelerated the cashless society?

2 June 2021 1:10 am

Time is, I fear, running out. Running out, that is, to avoid handing to a small number of multinational corporations…

Inflation is the biggest threat to Boris

19 May 2021 10:14 pm

The vaccines are rolling out. Lockdown is easing, the EU has been forgotten about, and the Labour party has returned…

Inflation fears grow

13 May 2021 8:45 pm

Two months ago The Spectator reported on what was keeping Rishi Sunak awake at night ahead of the Budget: an inflation…

Can Melinda still keep Bill Gates in check?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

‘We are seeing very substantial inflation,’ the great investor Warren Buffett told shareholders in his master company Berkshire Hathaway at…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…

Why does no one in the cabinet admit to being a Europhile?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

One of the oddest features of the cabinet majority for staying in the EU is that almost no one in…

George Osborne has made his own 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…