AUTHOR

Matthew Lynn

Matthew Lynn is a columnist for Bloomberg, writing a weekly commentary syndicated in papers such as Die Welt, the Sydney Morning Herald, the South China Morning Post and the Miami Herald. He is also an associate editor of Spectator Business, and a regular contributor to The Spectator. Before that, he worked for the business section of the Sunday Times for ten years. Matthew is also a thriller writer.

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm
Bitcoin

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm

The Bank of England could win the race to create a respectable digital currency if it moves quickly, says Matthew Lynn.
18 Oct 2020
Why Britain should change its employment laws
UK Economy

Why Britain should change its employment laws

Home workers shouldn’t expect the same rights as those based in the office, says Matthew Lynn.
11 Oct 2020
Time to privatise the BBC
UK Economy

Time to privatise the BBC

The new chairman of the BBC should be a radical who will ditch the news and focus on international markets, says Matthew Lynn.
4 Oct 2020
Beware: even the greatest brands can fail
UK Economy

Beware: even the greatest brands can fail

For decades, John Lewis seemed to exist in a parallel universe. Now, a grimmer reality has dawned
27 Sep 2020
Spare us these desperate measures
UK Economy

Spare us these desperate measures

Struggling firms are trying to reinvent themselves. Some are going to have to get much more radical
21 Sep 2020
A “new deal” needn’t be green
UK Economy

A “new deal” needn’t be green

Britain is seeking measures to revive its Covid-ravaged economy. It should choose from a broader palette than just “green”, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Sep 2020
No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too
Brexit

No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too

Europe has a lot to gain from a thriving, independent Britain, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Sep 2020
Private equity should make its move for struggling UK companies
UK stockmarkets

Private equity should make its move for struggling UK companies

Money is cheap and bargains abound – it’s a great time for private equity funds to make a bid for some struggling companies, says Matthew Lynn.
30 Aug 2020
Prepare for mass unemployment
UK Economy

Prepare for mass unemployment

As the furlough scheme comes to an end, job losses will soar. That will demand a radical response, says Matthew Lynn.
23 Aug 2020
Why London should embrace TikTok
Tech stocks

Why London should embrace TikTok

The China-based social-media app needs a new HQ. Britain’s capital would be an ideal home, says Matthew Lynn.
16 Aug 2020
Five ways to boost the economy
UK Economy

Five ways to boost the economy

Boris Johnson is making a bonfire of planning red tape. Here Matthew Lynn proposes some more rules for the flames.
9 Aug 2020
Businesses must be bold if they want to survive
UK Economy

Businesses must be bold if they want to survive

It’s a difficult time for companies, but battening down the hatches is the wrong approach, says Matthew Lynn.
2 Aug 2020
The Covid-19 threat to women’s jobs
UK Economy

The Covid-19 threat to women’s jobs

The virus will lead to many job losses, but women are likely to feel the pain most, says Matthew Lynn.
26 Jul 2020
Three lessons for tech startups from the rise of Zoom
Tech stocks

Three lessons for tech startups from the rise of Zoom

Zoom, the videoconferencing firm, shows how more start-ups can take on the tech monopolies, says Matthew Lynn.
19 Jul 2020
Three ideas for Lloyds Bank's new boss
UK stockmarkets

Three ideas for Lloyds Bank's new boss

The Black Horse needs whipping into shape. A change at the top provides a great opportunity, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Jul 2020
Boris Johnson’s grand infrastructure plan needs some small print
UK Economy

Boris Johnson’s grand infrastructure plan needs some small print

Grand infrastructure projects are all very well, but it is the small stuff that delivers the big returns, says Matthew Lynn.
5 Jul 2020
Why the UK should be gunning for a trade deal Down Under
UK Economy

Why the UK should be gunning for a trade deal Down Under

It might seem a minor matter compared with Brexit, but a trade agreement with Australia is a big deal
28 Jun 2020
Four ways to give London's Aim market a boost
UK stockmarkets

Four ways to give London's Aim market a boost

Aim, the LSE’s junior stockmarket, is celebrating its 25th birthday. It could do with a makeover, says Matthew Lynn.
21 Jun 2020
The small companies snapping at Big Tech’s heels
Tech stocks

The small companies snapping at Big Tech’s heels

The technology giants have had a good crisis. The small fry have been doing even better, says Matthew Lynn.
14 Jun 2020
Margrethe Vestager: a symbol of all that’s wrong with the EU
EU Economy

Margrethe Vestager: a symbol of all that’s wrong with the EU

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, wields enormous power over industry, and abuses it, says Matthew Lynn.
7 Jun 2020
Sales will bounce back, but will profits?
Stockmarkets

Sales will bounce back, but will profits?

As the lockdown ends, everyday life will resume – just don’t expect business as usual, says Matthew Lynn.
31 May 2020
A new lease of life for the Brics
Emerging markets

A new lease of life for the Brics

Emerging markets are having a surprisingly good crisis. Their long-predicted rise will now continue.
24 May 2020
We should not be blind to the failings of experts
UK Economy

We should not be blind to the failings of experts

Let’s by all means be guided by “the science”, but the boffins must not run the country, says Matthew Lynn. We must treat epidemiologists as we treat …
17 May 2020
Brexit Britain should look to create a partnership with Switzerland
UK Economy

Brexit Britain should look to create a partnership with Switzerland

A tie-up with Switzerland makes sense for post-Brexit Britain, and would create a vitally important global financial centre, says Matthew Lynn.
10 May 2020
Why the stockmarket has got this crisis all wrong
Stockmarkets

Why the stockmarket has got this crisis all wrong

Emerging markets and small companies may be better bets than the US and its technology giants, says Matthew Lynn.
3 May 2020
The end of the dividend bonanza
Stockmarkets

The end of the dividend bonanza

Investors have got used to being showered with cash. But things are about to change, says Matthew Lynn.
26 Apr 2020
A cash crunch looms for the UK's universities
UK Economy

A cash crunch looms for the UK's universities

Most of the UK's higher-education colleges are high-quality institutions that deserve rescuing, says Matthew Lynn. But all of them?
18 Apr 2020
Why we must not retreat into a nationalist bunker
Global Economy

Why we must not retreat into a nationalist bunker

Globalisation helped us prosper before the crisis – it will help us get out of it too
12 Apr 2020
Space exploration is booming – now’s the time to back it
Stockmarkets

Space exploration is booming – now’s the time to back it

Will space exploration be the next boom industry? Perhaps, says Matthew Lynn. And now is the time to buy in.
5 Apr 2020
It’s not all doom and gloom
UK Economy

It’s not all doom and gloom

In some ways at least, there’s never been a better time to launch a start-up, says Matthew Lynn. The government should help.
29 Mar 2020
Three tasks for Andrew Bailey, the new governor of the Bank of England
UK Economy

Three tasks for Andrew Bailey, the new governor of the Bank of England

As Andrew Bailey takes over as governor of the Bank of England, he should be thinking about more than just viruses, says Matthew Lynn.
22 Mar 2020
The FTSE 100 doesn’t need its retailers
UK stockmarkets

The FTSE 100 doesn’t need its retailers

Retailers are falling out of Britain’s index of leading shares – the latest FTSE 100 reshuffle left just four. But that may be no bad thing, says Matt…
15 Mar 2020
Why retailing is not dead yet
UK Economy

Why retailing is not dead yet

Some shop owners have stopped complaining and started innovating. That may yet save our high street.
8 Mar 2020
Investment banks make a wrong turn into retail
Stockmarkets

Investment banks make a wrong turn into retail

Cracking the retail market is likely to be too big a challenge for investment banks such as JPMorgan.
1 Mar 2020
Come back buy-to-letters, all is forgiven
Buy to let

Come back buy-to-letters, all is forgiven

The government is winning its war against small private buy-to-let landlords. But who benefits?
23 Feb 2020
How the BBC can survive the end of the TV licence
UK Economy

How the BBC can survive the end of the TV licence

The TV licence that funds the BBC is looking way past its sell-by date, says Matthew Lynn. Here's how it could survive without it
16 Feb 2020