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March 19, 2014 8 Comments

Budget 2014: Carney butts in on a day of surprises

This is George Osborne’s big chance. It is the first time he will hold up the budget box at a time of a robustly growing economy. It has been a four-year wait for this pleasure.

Not just growth of around 3 per cent annually, but falling unemployment, rising employment and falling inflation. And yes, a pronouncement that the UK will shortly have reversed all the economic crisis contraction.

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March 12, 2014 1 Comment

Key Cameron EU ally: ‘no idea’ about UK renegotiation

David Cameron was at pains to get the Swedes onside when he announced his referendum plan last year. So, why do they still have ‘no idea’ what it is?

March 3, 2014 4 Comments

A warmer war – Putin winning on the economic front

It is a version of mutually assured destruction preventing a full-scale trade embargo, and President Putin has planned in this way for years – Europe imports nearly a third of its gas from

February 20, 2014 4 Comments

British Gas turns up the heat

Centrica Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw told Channel 4 News such pressure is undermining investor confidence and means vitally needed new power stations may not be built.

February 13, 2014 4 Comments

Forward guidance did not fail, but welcome to forward vagueness

On any measure, having to abandon your much-hyped new policy innovation after just six months, is embarrassing – the rock star central banker seems out of tune.

January 29, 2014 33 Comments

Dependent independence? Carney’s warning for Scotland

Mark Carney diplomatically warns Scotland that independence could come at a heavy price – like the ones paid by Ireland, Iceland, Cyprus and Spain.

January 28, 2014 4 Comments

Playing ‘long-term plan’ bingo with George Osborne

If you believe that the government’s policies contributed to further imbalances, it might appear a little cheeky to argue: “Vote for me and I will rebalance the economy I further

January 23, 2014 3 Comments

Why ‘Davos Man’ pontificates about inequality over canapes and fine wine

There are many on my Twitter stream who find it grotesque that the supposed “masters of the universe” who failed to create a safe financial world order are still on top.

January 22, 2014 5 Comments

At Davos, the crisis is now off the menu

Davos Man is trying to put behind him some six years of financial fear. Doom Davos and Deleveraging Davos have been replaced by Dealmaking Davos. The dust is settling.

January 10, 2014 44 Comments

Benefits Street: 10 things you may have missed

If you are part of the army of people condemning Benefits Street without watching it, here are 10 things that you missed and four million people saw.

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