Image: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Inflation stays negative for a second month

17 November 2015 11:47

Britain stayed in deflation in October, with the Consumer Prices Index falling by 0.1 per cent over the year. So far…

Newly elected Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves the Labour Party headquarters on September 14, 2015 in London, England.

Why Corbyn’s Quantitive Easing for the People would be disastrous for the economy

17 September 2015 10:29

‘Quantitative Easing for the People’ is one of the cornerstones of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership platform. The basic idea is simple:…

Image: Getty

Inflation rate still nailed to the floor

15 September 2015 11:43

Inflation slumped back to zero in the year to August, down from a rise of 0.1 per cent in July, figures…

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 11.08.05

Goodbye deflation, hello low-flation

16 June 2015 11:12

Reports of deflation’s death are exaggerated – sure, the CPI index has risen from -0.1pc in April to +0.1pc in May. But many…

Image: Getty

Inflation is now below zero – just rejoice at that news

19 May 2015 12:15

After a couple of months of teasing the rate of inflation fell below zero to -0.1 per cent in the…

Image: Getty

At last, shopping is getting cheaper. Let’s not look this gift horse in the mouth

14 April 2015 10:06

‘The economy has entered deflation,’ announces the BBC news presenter, as if this was a kind of recession. Au contraire. Shopping…

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 09.41.19

What cost of living crisis? CPI inflation falls to zero for first time on record

24 March 2015 9:41

So much for Ed Miliband’s ‘cost of living crisis’. UK inflation, as measured by the CPI index, has just fallen to…

Artisanal Beer Brewers Find Growing Niche In Berlin

Muscly hipsters force ONS to change its basket of goods

17 March 2015 13:17

The Office for National Statistics has updated its basket of goods that it uses to measure inflation, and has added…


Inflation sinks to a record low — and is set to fall even further

17 February 2015 12:50

Inflation fell to 0.3 per cent in January, the lowest level since records began in 1989. As the above chart…

(Photo: Getty)

The European market hangover – bad news is bad news again

17 October 2014 14:04

In the latest Spectator, Liam Halligan takes a sobering look at European markets bearing the brunt of sanctions against Russia.…


The Spectator’s portrait of the week

15 October 2014 19:58

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though…

Source: ONS Consumer Price Inflation, 19 August 2014 and OBR Economic and Fiscal Outlook March 2014

Inflation down, Osborne up

19 August 2014 12:08

David Cameron is back on holidays again, this time to Cornwall. He missed a trick. His economic recovery is making…

Image: Getty

Inflation rises – should the coalition be worried?

20 May 2014 11:23

Inflation has risen for the first time in ten months, with the consumer prices index growing by 1.8 per cent…

Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

Inflation falls again

15 April 2014 10:06

Wages in the private sector are now rising faster than inflation. The latest CPI inflation figures show that it now…

Ed Miliband. Image: Getty

Today’s inflation fall means the Tories can have their interest rate cake and eat it too

25 March 2014 12:18

Today’s inflation figures bring more good news for the government. CPI inflation is now down at 1.7 per cent, the…

David Cameron has got into trouble over not knowing the price of value bread.

Women think that David Cameron is out of touch for good reason

1 October 2013 18:50

Well, the great breadmaking debate hots up. David Cameron neatly sidestepped the heffalump trap that Nick Ferrari put in his…

Image: Getty

What use is a GDP recovery if living standards are stagnant?

4 September 2013 15:14

Labour had better get used to headlines of economic upgrades. There’s about two dozen major forecasters out there, and each…

Image: Getty

Why the happy Tories can’t relax after Labour’s bad summer

13 August 2013 20:58

Last December, after one of the most brutal PMQs this Parliament has seen, David Cameron was walking through the corridors…

Chris Bryant is in hot water over his allegations about Tesco and Next. (SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

AUDIO: Chris Bryant’s car crash Today interview puts more pressure on Ed Miliband

12 August 2013 9:14

Listen to Chris Bryant’s disastrous interview on Today earlier today: listen to ‘Chris Bryant on immigration and employment’ on Audioboo…

Mark Carney has said that rates will be held until unemployment reaches 7 per cent. (JASON ALDEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Interest rates set to stay low for the foreseeable future

7 August 2013 11:20

Mark Carney made his mark this morning. Moments ago, he opened his inflation report and issued his ‘forward guidance’, which…


Inflation falls: but will voters notice?

21 May 2013 12:49

Today’s drop in inflation is good news for the government. The Consumer Prices Index grew by 2.4 per cent in…


Matt Hancock vows to fight low pay, but fails to emphasise the importance of low inflation

27 March 2013 12:10

Matt Hancock, the business and skills minister, addressed the Resolution Foundation’s low pay debate this morning, an indication of how…

Mark Carney's arrival at the Bank of England will have far greater significance than yesterday's Budget. Picture: Getty

Forget beer and petrol: will MPs debate monetary policy today?

21 March 2013 10:40

MPs are debating the detail of the Budget today, and will doubtless pick over some of the lines from George…

Labour's opposition to today's welfare bill doesn't sit well with their support of public sector pay cuts. Picture: Getty Images

Ed Balls reverses over his own progress on fiscal responsibility

8 January 2013 13:56

The battle-lines over the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — which faces its second reading in the Commons this afternoon —…

Graphic: Carla Millar

Employment has recovered from the recession, but wages haven’t

14 November 2012 15:00

Today’s employment figures don’t contain much new to shout about. The number of people in work — although it rose…