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Category - The Economy

Hidden in the technicalities

The chancellor is probably sighing with relief that, a mere week after the event, his budget does not appear to have unravelled. Indeed, it seems to have ticked all the relevant boxes: a few giveaways to get some...

Relieving the squeeze

Politicians, particularly of the Labour variety, are keen to demonstrate that they understand the concept of ‘Squeezed Britain’ but have been less forthcoming as to what a correct policy response might be...

The Libor distraction

Manipulating markets constitutes corporate fraud, regardless of whether or not those who engaged in such activities believed they had the cover of the Bank of England to do so. So it’s right that the Serious Fraud...

No Grexit

By law, there are no opinion polls conducted in Greece in the fortnight running up to an election. So the latest data we have on the likely outcome of the poll re-run taking place on Sunday is from the back end of May...

The chimera of deregulation

Yesterday’s Queen’s speech exposed a fundamental misunderstanding at the heart of Conservative economic policy. It is not the case, as their actions imply, that the key to unlocking higher levels of growth...

Waiting for growth

Waiting for the economic recovery is beginning to feel a little like waiting for Godot. You keep being told it’s going to appear but it never actually arrives. This week was no exception, with the independent Ernst...

We need to talk about taxation

The run-up to this year’s budget will be dominated, as always, by issues of tax and growth. As is usual for the time of year, campaigners are full of whizz-bang ideas to fiddle with the tax rates to further their own...

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