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Simon Wilson

What's behind Britain’s looming energy crisis
Energy

What's behind Britain’s looming energy crisis

Global natural gas prices have soared as resurgent demand collides with supply disruptions. The UK is especially vulnerable and could be heading for a…
24 Sep 2021
The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”
National Insurance

The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”

The government’s regressive social-care levy will make Britain’s tax system even more complex. Root-and-branch reform is long overdue.
18 Sep 2021
Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?
UK Economy

Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?

It’s a tough job and pay has been squeezed for years. Brexit and the pandemic sent many workers home. Now we all face the consequences in the form of …
10 Sep 2021
Investors must think again about China
China stockmarkets

Investors must think again about China

Under Xi Jinping, China is becoming increasingly hostile to business. Foreigners pouring money in might do well to reconsider.
4 Sep 2021
Australia and the economic costs of a “zero Covid-19” strategy
Global Economy

Australia and the economic costs of a “zero Covid-19” strategy

Some countries, such as Australia, pursued a strategy of trying to completely suppress the spread of the coronavirus. Did it work? And what does it co…
21 Aug 2021
What's behind the riots that shook South Africa?
Global Economy

What's behind the riots that shook South Africa?

A combination of the pandemic, harsh lockdowns and a troubled economic legacy has made the most industrialised nation in Africa a tinderbox. What will…
7 Aug 2021
A new revolution in Cuba?
Economy

A new revolution in Cuba?

The biggest protests in decades have rocked the one-party communist state. But is change for the better really on the cards?
24 Jul 2021
The dawn of a new space age
Global Economy

The dawn of a new space age

Jostling to be the first billionaire in space might seem to be a daft ego trip, but it is all part of a broader space industry with important real-wor…
16 Jul 2021
Just how much of a threat is rising inflation?
Inflation

Just how much of a threat is rising inflation?

Investors are getting spooked by the prospect of rising prices. But how much of a threat is that really? Simon Wilson reports
10 Jul 2021
Artists demand a fair share of the music industry pie
Economy

Artists demand a fair share of the music industry pie

Technology once threatened to destroy the music industry, now it's helping it thrive. But while investors are making a packet, artists says they are n…
3 Jul 2021
Why are childcare costs in Britain so exorbitant?
UK Economy

Why are childcare costs in Britain so exorbitant?

Working parents who have to pay for care for their children will know that it costs a lot of money. Indeed, it costs more here than anywhere else in t…
26 Jun 2021
Why our rickety internet infrastructure needs an upgrade
Global Economy

Why our rickety internet infrastructure needs an upgrade

The internet is an increasingly essential part of international infrastructure. Recent events have shown that it is also vulnerable to collapse.
19 Jun 2021
The G7’s global corporation tax: bringing Big Tech to heel
Tech stocks

The G7’s global corporation tax: bringing Big Tech to heel

The G7 group of nations has agreed to potentially historic changes in the way multinational companies are taxed. Who wins and who loses?
12 Jun 2021
The government says it wants to build more houses – but will it?
UK Economy

The government says it wants to build more houses – but will it?

As PM, Boris Johnson is pushing through reforms that should make it easier to build more houses. As a local MP, he opposes such plans. Which of these …
7 Jun 2021
Britain's rail industry is being revamped. Here is all you need to know about it
UK Economy

Britain's rail industry is being revamped. Here is all you need to know about it

After more than a year of waiting, the UK's government's white paper on the future of the rail industry is finally out. Simon Wilson explains everythi…
27 May 2021
Why Joe Biden’s Big Pharma patent grab is a terrible idea
Biotech stocks

Why Joe Biden’s Big Pharma patent grab is a terrible idea

The US president has proposed waiving patents on Covid-19 vaccines in a bid to boost global supply. But it won’t work on its own terms and holds dange…
22 May 2021
Central bank digital currencies: the future of money
Currencies

Central bank digital currencies: the future of money

The rise of cryptocurrencies and a move to cashless payments during the pandemic have left states and central banks playing catch-up. Are new forms of…
14 May 2021
Is Britain’s “green revolution” realistically achievable?
UK Economy

Is Britain’s “green revolution” realistically achievable?

Boris Johnson is hoping to claim global leadership on the climate issue by committing Britain to an accelerated programme of emissions cuts. Is this…
8 May 2021
The SNP’s record in Scotland: how does it stack up?
UK Economy

The SNP’s record in Scotland: how does it stack up?

The SNP has been in power in Scotland since 2007, and the country is going to the polls again. So how has it performed?
1 May 2021
Greensill, Cameron and the return of Tory sleaze
UK Economy

Greensill, Cameron and the return of Tory sleaze

The collapse of Greensill Capital threw a spotlight on political lobbying when it emerged that former PM David Cameron had been fighting its corner. J…
17 Apr 2021
What China’s new red dawn means for Hong Kong
Chinese economy

What China’s new red dawn means for Hong Kong

China has once again moved to tighten its control over the former British territory and global financial centre. What will remain of the old Hong Kong…
10 Apr 2021
Does nuclear power have a future?
Energy

Does nuclear power have a future?

Fears about safety have long hobbled the industry, particularly in the wake of Fukushima ten years ago. But the fears are overplayed and net-zero carb…
3 Apr 2021
How the vaccine wars will harm us all
Global Economy

How the vaccine wars will harm us all

Grabbing and hoarding vaccine supplies, or even manufacturing one’s own, might seem to make sense for a state in an emergency. But the damage done to …
27 Mar 2021
Britain's £37bn test and trace system: did it do any good?
UK Economy

Britain's £37bn test and trace system: did it do any good?

Britain built a system for testing for Covid-19 and tracking down contacts from a standing start – at a cost projected at £37bn. Why so expensive? And…
20 Mar 2021
What's behind the collapse of Greensill Capital, and why does it matter?
UK stockmarkets

What's behind the collapse of Greensill Capital, and why does it matter?

A financial company involved in opaque products that repackaged loans has gone into administration. Is there a bigger systemic risk here?
13 Mar 2021
Can China hold the world to ransom over access to rare-earth metals?
Industrial metals

Can China hold the world to ransom over access to rare-earth metals?

China’s stranglehold on rare-earth minerals – resources essential for our modern high-tech world – has some analysts worried. Should we be too?
6 Mar 2021
How Big Tech was humbled Down Under
Tech stocks

How Big Tech was humbled Down Under

An Australian law forcing tech companies to share their profits with news organisations is a crucial test of the evolving power relations between gove…
27 Feb 2021
Yet another big shake-up for the NHS – will this one do any good?
UK Economy

Yet another big shake-up for the NHS – will this one do any good?

The government plans to “take back control” of the health service, ending the market-based reforms and reintroducing central command and control. Is t…
20 Feb 2021
Can the government's proposals fix the residential cladding crisis?
Property

Can the government's proposals fix the residential cladding crisis?

In the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster, many homeowners have been left stuck with huge bills to make their properties safe. The government is stepp…
13 Feb 2021
How long will it be before the world is vaccinated?
Global Economy

How long will it be before the world is vaccinated?

The vaccine rollout is going well in the UK, and in some other countries. But ultimately, this is a global problem, and the situation worldwide is not…
6 Feb 2021
The looming global battle over semiconductor supply
Tech stocks

The looming global battle over semiconductor supply

A shortage of semiconductors – essential components in electronic devices – has spooked businesses and governments. It could even spark future geopoli…
30 Jan 2021
The Arab Spring ten years on: a revolution that failed to blossom
Global Economy

The Arab Spring ten years on: a revolution that failed to blossom

Ten years ago, the Arab world was rocked by mass protests and popular uprisings that ousted long-reviled dictators. For the most part, the end result …
23 Jan 2021
Leasehold reforms promise the end of a nightmare for many homeowners
Property

Leasehold reforms promise the end of a nightmare for many homeowners

Horror stories about unscrupulous landlords profiting from a legal relic of the feudal era are about to get a happy ending, says Simon Wilson.
16 Jan 2021
Brexit deal: what's changed between Britain and the the EU
UK Economy

Brexit deal: what's changed between Britain and the the EU

After years of wrangling and political scraps, Britain is now outside the EU and has secured a free-trade agreement with the bloc. So what’s changed?
9 Jan 2021
How Asia's RCEP deal has brought the return of free trade
Global Economy

How Asia's RCEP deal has brought the return of free trade

While Britain and the EU struggle to come to terms, 15 Asia-Pacific countries quietly signed the biggest free-trade deal in history. That’s a welcome …
25 Dec 2020
Britain mulls a wealth tax again – can it ever work?
Tax

Britain mulls a wealth tax again – can it ever work?

A Covid-19-ravaged government needs to raise more revenue and some propose that a wealth tax could fit the bill. It’s unlikely to happen, but one way …
19 Dec 2020