UK economy

Betting on politics: latest odds on the Tory leadership

Matthew Partridge looks at the latest odds on the tory leadership race, on the next chancellor, and on Corbyn and Johnson losing their seats at the next election.

How retail landlords can reinvent ailing shopping centres

Ailing shopping centres should be repurposed, benefiting the economy and investors.

Can the UK eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050?

The government wants to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by the middle of the century. Is this realistic – or a staggeringly expensive waste of time? 

Get set for a Tory Party spending spree

Both candidates for the Tory Party leadership could squander the fiscal restraint of the past few years. Emily Hohler reports.

Jeremy Corbyn – a fate worse than Brexit

Many people claim to be worried about the effects of a no-deal Brexit. But there is a much more serious threat to Britain, says Merryn Somerset Webb: a Jeremy Corbyn government.

Don’t stop at forgiving student debt – forgive everyone’s debt

A jubilee for student debt is an attractive idea but not a fair one, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Better to give everyone a hefty lump sum – whether they have debts or not.

Help to Buy: a crazy subsidy for housebuilders

The government’s Help to Buy scheme would appear to be a great success in terms of the numbers of people it has helped to buy a property. But it has a darker underside, says Simon Wilson.

Theresa May’s vanity projects

Now that Brexit is no longer her problem, Prime Minister Theresa May has been making a flurry of spending pledges to shore up her legacy – which the chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been furiously resisting.

Betting on politics: Conservative Party leader update

Bettor interest in the contest to decide who will become the next Conservative Party leader is at fever pitch. Matthew Partridge looks at the latest odds.

How will Boris Johnson bring about Brexit?

It’s far from obvious how Boris Johnson, the man likely to be the next PM, will achieve his goals.

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