Merryn’s blog

UK regions should issue their own work permits after Brexit

The UK should be able to offer region-specific work permits after we leave the EU, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Brexit won't drive tech companies out of Britain

Britain’s tech companies aren’t likely to up sticks and move to Berlin just because of Brexit, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Trump didn’t so much win the US election as Clinton lost it

Donald Trump didn’t win the US election because a lot of extra voters were swayed to the Republican cause. He won because Democrats failed to vote for Hillary Clinton.

We don't need new laws to make companies behave better

We don’t need a load of new laws to sort out the governance problems at UK companies, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We just need to enforce the ones we have.

How Donald Trump's victory has wrong-footed Scotland's self-righteous first minister

Donald Trump’s victory is awkward for all sorts of people, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Nicola Sturgeon especially.

Cancelling cash: let's hope India isn't giving the Bank of England any ideas

In a bid to remove counterfeit notes and force transactions into the legal economy, India has banned 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. Let’s hope our own central bankers aren’t taking notes, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Nicola Sturgeon’s shady Chinese deals give the wrong impression of Scotland

The SNP’s secretive backroom deals with shady Chinese companies do not give the impression that Scotland is a modern, transaparent economy that is open for business, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why investors shouldn’t think too deeply about the US election

How should you invest ahead of the US election? What happens if Trump wins? What about Clinton? The best strategy might be to just not think about it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Our hopes and dreams for Philip Hammond

Stamp duty is one of the worst taxes we have, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Philip Hammond should replace it with an inflation-linked capital gains tax on primary homes.

The "triple lock" has served its purpose, now give pensioners a little less

The triple lock on state pensions should be retired, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and pensioners’ benefits means tested.

Wind farms: how to pay to make it all OK

There is evidence that wind farms affect the price of nearby houses. But there is a simple solution to that, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Give a portion of renewable energy company their profits to their neighbours.

Brexit fears haven’t come true – and it’s possible they never will

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A lot of bad things were predicted to happen if Britain voted to leave the EU. They haven’t happened yet – but a lot of people seem to think they have.

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