UK economy

“Norway for now”: how we can avoid a botched Brexit

The government is making absurdly heavy weather of leaving the EU. Yet there is a straightforward solution hiding in plain sight. George Trefgarne explains.

Brexiteers call for May to go

Yet the rebels are unable to agree on a viable successor – or a credible Brexit plan. Emily Hohler reports.

Britain will miss out on the legalised cannabis high

With legalised cannabis, a new multi-billion-dollar industry is beginning to flower. But Britain won’t get a look-in, says Matthew Lynn.

Is the department store doomed? Don’t count on it

Department stores, including House of Fraser, Debenhams and others, are in trouble. But history shows this retail format has the capacity to reinvent itself and bounce back, says Max King.

The new scramble for Africa

Britain’s prime minister took a trip to Africa – but its leaders headed to Beijing. Emily Hohler reports.

Brexit: May braces for a new assault

Brexit battles are resuming after Parliament’s summer break. Matthew Partridge reports.

Why our big companies aren’t innovating

When established big companies invest in new technologies, investors shrug. Why is that happening? asks Matthew Lynn.

The scramble for students

Not long ago, students fought to secure a university place. These days, universities are desperate to attract students. Why the switch – and is it good news? Alex Rankine reports.

Modern capitalism and the rise of the bullshit job

Modern capitalism was supposed to deliver productivity gains, efficiency and unimagined wealth for all. Why then are so many of us labouring away at pointless work? Stuart Watkins reports.

Adam Smith and the crony capitalist conspiracy

The concentration of market power in the hands of a few big companies worried Adam Smith. It should worry us too, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it is fixable.

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