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Why is big business so interested in left-wing politics?

29 May 2015 10:23

Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one…

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Why attack ‘trickle-down economics?’ It doesn’t exist – and never has done

28 April 2015 20:07

During this election campaign, some intelligent people – politicians and columnists – have attacked “trickle-down economics” in the mistaken belief that…

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Is David Cameron telling porkies on the deficit? His spokesman explains

15 December 2014 17:26

As Fraser points out, David Cameron has gone from saying the deficit has been brought down by a third to claiming…


The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

A worker poses outside the Dwa Koty Polish delicatessen in Crewe, England (Photo: Getty Images)

There is no such thing as ‘immigrants’ – only Poles, Yanks, Somalis…

6 November 2014 15:50

There was much glee about yesterday’s publication of a report into the economic impact of immigration, which concluded eastern Europeans…

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My generation can’t afford to buy a house in London; so what?

28 October 2014 18:58

The UK Land Registry today released its latest report on house prises, showing the ticket-cost of an average home in…

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Why the UK should should be subject to different rules on European migrants

23 October 2014 11:25

The rest of Europe has, predictably, reacted negatively to the suggestion that the UK should be able to impose some…

St Mary's Nursery College in Hampstead, April 1916 (Photo: Hulton Archive collection)

Get me out of here: London is the ‘childbirth capital of Europe’

9 October 2014 10:37

I see that London is now the ‘childbirth capital of Europe’, with the highest birth-rate on the entire continent. London,…


The Disappearance of Michel Houellebecq: French chin-stroking at its very best

23 September 2014 14:59

Just when you thought Bernard-Henri Lévy had taken a chin-stroking national stereotype as far as it could possibly go, you…

A picture taken after the wedding, in 1925, of John Maynard Keynes and the Russian ballet dancer M Lydia Lopokova.

Team Osborne party with John Maynard Keynes

11 June 2014 13:09

The Chancellor’s economic brain, Rupert Harrison, looked distinctly restless last night, sipping champagne in John Maynard Keynes’s drawing room. Osborne’s chief-of-staff,…

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Monty Don, Kirstie Allsopp and Bear Grylls – we get the TV shows we deserve

22 May 2014 18:04

We’re now on day three of the Chelsea Flower Show, and this year the BBC have taken their coverage to…

What do you mean, 2.4%?

Ten handy phrases for bluffing on Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’

29 April 2014 15:03

How do you sound clever and au courant in 2014? Easy. You talk knowingly about Capital in the 21st Century,…


Why Fraser Nelson is wrong about a jobs ‘miracle’

16 April 2014 15:52

In his blog earlier today, Fraser Nelson argues: ‘The UK jobs miracle is happening mainly due to radical welfare reform…


The rise of the BRICs and the fall of the JUUGs

2 March 2014 10:35

It was back in 2001 that my good friend Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs coined the acronym ‘Bric’, short for…

Preceding each sustained fall in GDP (red line) since 1971 there has been a sharp increase in money and credit (blue line).

A credit boom before each bust

14 January 2014 13:24

Here is a graph that shows the four economic downturns Britain has been through (red lines) over the past forty years.…

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Economists – the scourge of mankind

3 January 2014 11:31

Are there any disciplines on earth as hyped-up and overrated as economics? Every subject depends to some extent on others;…

The average British household will spend £822 this Christmas this year/ But can they afford it? Photo: Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images

British households are still overwhelmed by debt

20 November 2013 14:30

Despite ‘the age of austerity’, Britain still has a debt problem. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the…

Niall Ferguson, a prominent deficit hawk. Image: PA

America is not facing a debt crisis. Why pretend otherwise?

8 October 2013 14:29

The maths of America’s financial problems are fairly simple. Every year the federal government spends more than it brings in…

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Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

4 October 2013 17:18

The latest adaptation of one of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s books is Filth  – a film so filthy that Deborah…

A group of Indian school children rides a cycle van to reach school near Kolkata. A reminder of how far India has yet to travel. (DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

Amartya Sen interview: India must fulfil Tagore’s vision, not Gandhi’s

20 August 2013 11:19

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Sen’s previous books…

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Michael Sandel interview: the marketization of everything is undermining democracy

22 May 2013 9:41

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for his  ‘Justice’ course,…

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In Praise of Sweatshops

26 April 2013 10:43

In today’s Telegraph David Blair has a strong and angry piece arguing that we – that is, western consumers –…

A fruit seller waits for customers in a wet market in Shanghai. China's economic growth slowed to 7.7 percent in the first quarter, data showed. Picture: Getty

China’s GDP shock may be good for everyone in the long run

16 April 2013 11:27

Is the Chinese economy for turning? The country has reported a ‘shock’ GDP growth of only 7.7 per cent for the…

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Margaret Thatcher in six graphs

10 April 2013 12:58

With the debate swirling about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy and her government’s record, it’s worth taking a look at what the…

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada, has been appointed the next Governor of the Bank of England. Picture: Getty

Osborne’s coup: Mark Carney is the new Bank of England Governor

26 November 2012 16:52

Hiring Mark Carney may just be George Osborne’s best move since becoming Chancellor. Britain badly needed a break from the…