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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…

Model Lauren Budd attends Cowdray Park for the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup Polo match on July 19, 2009 in Midhurst, England. The local rural economy needs the support of 'townies'. (Photo by Frantzesco Kangaris/Getty Images)

Sir Andrew Motion, there’s much more to rural life than housing

30 March 2013 12:06

Five years of living in squalid parts of London has made me appreciate my rural upbringing. I grew up on…


Whisper it, but the British economy may in better shape than you think... - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 12:51

Doom and gloom is all around. This is another winter, if not of discontent, then certainly of persistent grumbling. Optimism…

GDP QonQ growth

Worst recovery in history: British GDP shrinks by 0.3 per cent

25 January 2013 9:34

Now we know why David Cameron delivered his Europe speech on Wednesday. It’s time for bad headlines again: the GDP…

Time for a double dip? Today's figures suggest that the Eurozone is back in recession.

Eurozone enters double dip recession

15 November 2012 9:50

The Eurozone is now in recession – this, at least, is what is implied by today’s avalanche of dire economic…

Is Britain working?

Employment returns to pre-crash levels

12 September 2012 14:30

Employment has almost entirely recovered to its pre-recession peak, according to today’s new figures. Total employment for May to July…

May Day Demonstrations In London

City retribution

19 July 2012 11:00

When City AM editor Allister Heath was leaving the BBC’s Westminster studios on Friday, the last thing he would have…


Balls’s argument is detached from reality

25 April 2012 21:26

So who killed the recovery? Ed Balls points to a ‘recession made in Downing St,’ and has gone on a…


Britain’s longest downturn

25 April 2012 11:20

As of today, we now have four years’ worth of GDP figures since the UK first went into recession —…


The economy adds to Cameron’s woes

25 April 2012 10:35

This morning brought the economic news that the coalition has been dreading: the country has double dipped. Now, this is…


Our economy fell back into recession

25 April 2012 9:31

Or at least technically-speaking it did. The figures released this morning suggest that the economy shrank by 0.2 per cent…


The recession: four years and counting

25 January 2012 17:49

It is now four years since recession hit the UK. It took just over three years for GDP to return…


Bringing the squeeze into focus

23 January 2012 18:09

The ‘word of the year’ for 2011 is already featuring prominently in 2012. Yep, the ‘squeezed middle’ is the focus…


Osborne visits China, but can’t escape Europe

16 January 2012 11:20

Yet another day here in Westminster that’s all about the economy. Nick Clegg has just delivered a speech on the…

Behold post-Putin Russia

5 December 2011 12:03

Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Russia marked the beginning of the end of the Putin era. It won’t feel like it…

Those gloomy OECD projections in full

28 November 2011 12:21

Thanks to the tremors along Westminster’s grapevine, we already knew that today’s OECD Economic Outlook would make for pretty dreary…

Cable can’t make any promises

20 October 2011 9:07

Did you realise that today is the first anniversary of the government’s Spending Review? Neither did I until the politicians…


26 September 2011 9:49

Well, so much for that. The FTSE 100 fell as much as 1.7 per cent this morning, while overnight the…

Time for the QE gamble, again

11 September 2011 16:23

It’s time to warm up the printing presses. When growth evaporates and governments feel politically unable to cut spending or…

Darling lifts lid on Brown’s chaotic government

4 September 2011 10:39

Tieless, Alistair Darling appeared on Marr this morning to discuss his memoir. As with so many of these New Labour…

Shaking our faith in money

18 July 2011 18:45

Addictive though the hacking inquiry is, the average Brit is probably more worried about the slow decimation of his spending…

A nation of shareholders?

23 June 2011 16:23

The great sleeper issue in British politics at the moment is what to do with the state owned bank shares.…

Why Belfast is ablaze

23 June 2011 10:59

I live three miles away from where the rioting was happening in East Belfast last night, and heard the helicopters…

Miliband and the past

15 June 2011 13:21

Labour’s simmering resentments and self-doubts have been boiling over recently — and today is no different. Compare and contrast The…

Osborne comes to a decision on the banks — but the story doesn’t end there

15 June 2011 9:06

In his speech to Mansion House last year, George Osborne asked a question of his frosted and cumberbunded audience: “Should…