UK economy

Why Channel 4's luvvies should stay in London

The idea of spreading Channel 4 staff around the country is well meant, but the regions have their own ideas, says Matthew Lynn.

Is the GDPR data protection law working?

Last spring’s GDPR is one of the most complex pieces of legislation the European Union has ever devised. But is it achieving what it was supposed to? 

Disappointing employment figures mask a much rosier picture

The May employment report in the US was mildly disappointing. But in America, as in the UK and Europe, the labour market is looking super strong, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

UK inflation little changed in May

The inflation rate in the UK was little changed in May, compared to last month. Here, John Stepek looks at what’s been happening to prices in the UK.

Labour’s land reform proposals are putting the cart before the horse

There is much to agree with in Labour’s report on land reform. But any new proposals will inevitably will just add another layer of tax and bureaucracy on top of an already unmanageable system.

Help to Buy has been a waste of money

By artificially inflating house prices, the Help to Buy scheme has failed both homebuyers and taxpayers. But it has done wonders for housebuilders’ profits. John Stepek explains why.

Who will deliver Brexit?

The Tories have one issue on their plate – Brexit. And it’s seasoned with plenty of snake oil, says Emily Hohler.

Tories discover the magic money tree

Many of the ten Tory leadership candidates have are making reckless promises about their tax and spending plans.

Who will be the next PM?

The next PM will be decided by 124,000 Tory party members. But will a new PM change anything?

Five key tasks for the next prime minister

Our next prime minister should not obsess about Brexit, but face up to other pressing issues, says Matthew Lynn.

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