UK Economy

Spare us these desperate measures
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UK Economy

Spare us these desperate measures

Struggling firms are trying to reinvent themselves. Some are going to have to get much more radical
21 Sep 2020
Universal Credit comes good
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UK Economy

Universal Credit comes good

The government’s benefit reforms have been plagued with disasters since their introduction in 2013. The Covid-19 crisis, however, has revealed a posit…
21 Sep 2020
Bad data is driving fear of a second wave of Covid-19
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UK Economy

Bad data is driving fear of a second wave of Covid-19

The recent spike in Covid-19 “cases” is very different to the original outbreak, says James Ferguson of MacroStrategy Partnership. The government need…
18 Sep 2020
Will a second wave of Covid lead to another stockmarket crash?
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Stockmarkets

Will a second wave of Covid lead to another stockmarket crash?

Can we expect to see another lockdown like in March, and what will that mean for your money? John Stepek explains.
18 Sep 2020
Are we losing the moral high ground on Covid?
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UK Economy

Are we losing the moral high ground on Covid?

Not only must we never see more than five other people at the same time, we must report those who do to the police, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
17 Sep 2020
A “new deal” needn’t be green
UK Economy

A “new deal” needn’t be green

Britain is seeking measures to revive its Covid-ravaged economy. It should choose from a broader palette than just “green”, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Sep 2020
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

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The pros and cons of the government's new Kickstart jobs scheme
Small business

The pros and cons of the government's new Kickstart jobs scheme

The government’s new work placement scheme, which provides funding for employers to offer work placements to young people, is appealing. But the red t…
11 Sep 2020
The cost to small businesses of the return to the office
Small business

The cost to small businesses of the return to the office

The costs of employees returning to the office may be tough for some small businesses to swallow, and there is financial support for back-to-work cost…
11 Sep 2020
Raising taxes may not be as effective as you might think
UK Economy

Raising taxes may not be as effective as you might think

This is likely to be huge pressure for big tax rises to deal with our post-Covid debt. But history shows people will find a way to pay less one way or…
10 Sep 2020
Could a universal basic income save the world?
UK Economy

Could a universal basic income save the world?

Long touted as a simple solution to the complex problems that arise in capitalist societies, universal basic income is having another moment in the sp…
10 Sep 2020
Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now
UK Economy

Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now

Tax rises can’t do much to reduce the two-trillion-pound hole in our public finances. And the economy is too fragile for a tax grab now anyway. So whe…
7 Sep 2020
No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too
Brexit

No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too

Europe has a lot to gain from a thriving, independent Britain, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Sep 2020
Offices are empty – but they’re not doomed
Property

Offices are empty – but they’re not doomed

The sudden shift to working from home has left some 75% of office buildings empty. But reports of the commercial property sector's death may be premat…
4 Sep 2020
How on earth can UK house prices be at record highs right now?
Property

How on earth can UK house prices be at record highs right now?

Despite the pandemic, a surge in unemployment and a collapse in business activity, UK house prices are higher than they’ve ever been. John Stepek expl…
3 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
Government opens up second round of help for the self-employed
Small business

Government opens up second round of help for the self-employed

The second round of the government’s SEISS scheme, which offers grants of up to £6,750 to self-employed people, is now open. Applications will be acc…
28 Aug 2020
We will be heading for a brighter future after Covid-19
UK Economy

We will be heading for a brighter future after Covid-19

This period of structural economic upheaval may cause more good than harm, says Max King – if Britain can take advantage.
28 Aug 2020
Prepare for mass unemployment
UK Economy

Prepare for mass unemployment

As the furlough scheme comes to an end, job losses will soar. That will demand a radical response, says Matthew Lynn.
23 Aug 2020
Why London should embrace TikTok
Tech stocks

Why London should embrace TikTok

The China-based social-media app needs a new HQ. Britain’s capital would be an ideal home, says Matthew Lynn.
16 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
No, the UK did not “plunge” into recession yesterday
UK Economy

No, the UK did not “plunge” into recession yesterday

That the economy took a massive hit due to Covid-19 should be news to no one, says John Stepek. The real question is what happens now.
13 Aug 2020