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Simon Wilson

Covid: were the lockdowns worth it?
UK Economy

Covid: were the lockdowns worth it?

Governments around the world followed the authoritarian example of China in dealing with the emergence of Covid-19. Was that a wise choice?
12 Sep 2020
The case for a flat tax
Income tax

The case for a flat tax

Simplifying the tax system promises to cut incentives for evasion and avoidance, and boost work and entrepreneurship. Could it give post-Covid-19 Brit…
29 Aug 2020
Planning reform: rip it up and start again
UK Economy

Planning reform: rip it up and start again

Boris Johnson says the time has come to be brave and shake up the rules over what is built and where. Reform would indeed be welcome, but has the PM g…
15 Aug 2020
Should Big Tech be broken up?
Tech stocks

Should Big Tech be broken up?

The dominance of the big four technology giants has attracted the attention of politicians determined to humble them. But what real harm are they doin…
8 Aug 2020
How Russia’s dirty money sullies Britain
UK Economy

How Russia’s dirty money sullies Britain

Russia’s kleptocrats have grown used to laundering their money and reputations in London. The government has promised change, but how serious is it?
1 Aug 2020
How the dearth of babies will affect the global economy
Global Economy

How the dearth of babies will affect the global economy

The world’s population is going to peak before the century is out and then enter into a big decline, putting serious pressure on economic growth, acco…
25 Jul 2020
Can we fix further education?
UK Economy

Can we fix further education?

The Conservatives want to revolutionise further education and apprenticeships. But can Britain ever make a German-style model work? Simon Wilson repor…
18 Jul 2020
The truth about Boris Johnson’s “New Deal” package of infrastructure spending
UK Economy

The truth about Boris Johnson’s “New Deal” package of infrastructure spending

The prime minister promised a package of Rooseveltian proportions to grow the economy out of its Covid-19-induced torpor. Just how impressive is it re…
11 Jul 2020
What exactly is going on in the Wirecard scandal?
European stockmarkets

What exactly is going on in the Wirecard scandal?

Wirecard, a darling of the German fintech sector, has collapsed and its boss has been charged with fraud. Red flags have waved for years, yet the regu…
4 Jul 2020
Should the pensions triple lock be scrapped?
Pensions

Should the pensions triple lock be scrapped?

The pensions triple lock had been a key plank of the government’s offer to older voters, but the promise to gold-plate the state pension is looking in…
27 Jun 2020
How coronavirus is killing off the theatre
UK Economy

How coronavirus is killing off the theatre

The performing arts have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and recovery is nowhere in sight. Yet the creative industries are an essential part o…
20 Jun 2020
The tug of war over Hong Kong
China's economy

The tug of war over Hong Kong

China’s move to take more control over Hong Kong could lead to deeper civil unrest and imperil its role as a global financial centre.
13 Jun 2020
Putin’s grip on power is slipping
Emerging markets

Putin’s grip on power is slipping

The Russian president had been looking forward to a spring of triumphs, including a new constitution that strengthens his hand. Now he faces multiple …
6 Jun 2020
Why children suffer most from lockdowns
UK Economy

Why children suffer most from lockdowns

School closures harm the prospects of children and it’s the poorest who are hurt the most. On a global level, that will have huge effects on human d…
30 May 2020
Saudi Arabia slips on cheap oil
Emerging markets

Saudi Arabia slips on cheap oil

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had big plans to diversify its economy so that it was no longer so reliant on oil revenue. The current crisis arrived befo…
23 May 2020
What's the best way to end the neglect of our care homes?
UK Economy

What's the best way to end the neglect of our care homes?

Politicians have dodged dealing with a growing crisis in social care for decades. The problem cannot be put off any longer. But what is the best way f…
16 May 2020
Is bitcoin going mainstream?
Bitcoin

Is bitcoin going mainstream?

The cryptocurrency suffers from all the problems it has always had and that may never change. But digital currencies more broadly may be about to take…
9 May 2020
A battle for the future of Europe
EU Economy

A battle for the future of Europe

The struggle to pay the costs of the coronavirus crisis has exacerbated long-standing tensions about the EU’s budget. Failure to compromise could be d…
30 Apr 2020
Has Covid-19 ushered in a new world order?
Global Economy

Has Covid-19 ushered in a new world order?

The coronavirus crisis will surely mean radical changes in global politics and economics, but predictions of the inevitable supremacy of China or the …
25 Apr 2020
Britain needs a nimbler health service
UK Economy

Britain needs a nimbler health service

The NHS is the beating heart of this country, the prime minister told the nation. Perhaps, but major surgery is needed.
18 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: is the lockdown worth it?
UK Economy

Coronavirus: is the lockdown worth it?

The longer we are shut up in our homes, the greater the cost – including the cost in lives lost from other causes than Covid-19. At what point does th…
11 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: Big Brother widens his embrace
UK Economy

Coronavirus: Big Brother widens his embrace

The coronavirus crisis has led to a massive expansion of the state into all areas of daily life. Should we be worried?
4 Apr 2020
Debt jubilee: will our debts be written off?
UK Economy

Debt jubilee: will our debts be written off?

The idea of a "debt jubilee" – general society-wide cancellation of debt – goes back to Biblical times. Could it happen again? And would it really do …
28 Mar 2020
The biggest bailout in history?
UK Economy

The biggest bailout in history?

The massive economic shock caused by the coronavirus is forcing governments to take radical action. So what is our government doing and how does it co…
21 Mar 2020
Airline industry braces for turbulence
Stockmarkets

Airline industry braces for turbulence

The economics of airlines make them particularly vulnerable to external shocks, such as the Covid-19 virus outbreak. Flybe was the first to fall. Will…
14 Mar 2020
Does Britain need more runways?
UK Economy

Does Britain need more runways?

MPs thought Heathrow needed a new runway and voted for one; the Supreme Court has now scotched the idea. But there are other ways to increase airport …
7 Mar 2020
Britain’s new immigration system
UK Economy

Britain’s new immigration system

Free movement from the EU ends next year and Britain has taken back control of its borders. What will that mean in practical terms? And who benefits?
29 Feb 2020
What is Britain’s new economic policy?
UK Economy

What is Britain’s new economic policy?

At the moment, Britain doesn’t seem to have an economic policy. But radical-seeming announcements and the surprise ousting of the chancellor portend m…
20 Feb 2020
Have we reached the end of the road for petrol cars?
Global Economy

Have we reached the end of the road for petrol cars?

The prime minister has said that all new sales of vehicles with internal combustion engines will be banned from 2035. Is that achievable?
15 Feb 2020
Will Britain close its doors to immigrants post-Brexit?
Brexit

Will Britain close its doors to immigrants post-Brexit?

Details have not yet been forthcoming, but Britain will soon have a new immigration policy. What will that mean for businesses and investors?
8 Feb 2020
The uncertain fate of HS2 – the case for and against
UK Economy

The uncertain fate of HS2 – the case for and against

The prime minister is due to decide whether to go ahead with the controversial high-speed rail link from London to the north. What is he likely to dec…
1 Feb 2020
The coming crisis at the BBC
UK Economy

The coming crisis at the BBC

The BBC’s chief has quit ahead of what promises to be years of turmoil and conflict with a hostile government. Will the licence fee survive?
25 Jan 2020
Dominic Cummings: the "weirdos" take back control
UK Economy

Dominic Cummings: the "weirdos" take back control

The prime minister’s special adviser is planning big changes in the way the government machine works. What can we expect? Simon Wilson reports.
18 Jan 2020
A look at the state of Iran’s feeble economy
Economy

A look at the state of Iran’s feeble economy

The Islamic Republic is a big player in regional geopolitics, but its economy is weak, its people in revolt and its enemies growing bolder. Simon Wils…
11 Jan 2020
Investors are experiencing a cannabis comedown
Features

Investors are experiencing a cannabis comedown

Things seemed to be turning out well for pot-heads in 2019 – and for the companies that seek to provide for their needs. Then a new, more depressing r…
1 Jan 2020
What's behind the great French pensions revolt?
Economy

What's behind the great French pensions revolt?

Workers in France are on strike and taking to the streets to protest against President Macron’s reforms. We’ve seen this play before – but this time t…
21 Dec 2019