economic policy

Johnson's Brexit needs to deliver economic benefits – and fast

Johnson's Brexit needs to deliver economic benefits – and fast

There may be short-term boost but more cuts and deregulation will not wash in new Tory seatsA soaring pound. Shares rising to record levels on the stock exchange. With the threat of a Labour
Johnson's Brexit needs to deliver economic benefits – and fast

Johnson's Brexit needs to deliver economic benefits – and fast

There may be short-term boost but more cuts and deregulation will not wash in new Tory seatsA soaring pound. Shares rising to record levels on the stock exchange. With the threat of a Labour
Shares jump and pound stages biggest rally in almost three years on Tory victory

Shares jump and pound stages biggest rally in almost three years on Tory victory

Markets welcome greater certainty over Brexit as sterling surges to $1.34The pound staged its biggest rally in almost three years and shares surged after the Conservative party secured a decisive
Number of Europe's poorest regions in UK 'more than doubles'

Number of Europe's poorest regions in UK 'more than doubles'

Eurostat figures for 2017 show seven British areas in poorest category, up from three in 2008Britain’s regions have failed to keep pace with the rest of Europe since the 2008 financial crash,
There's zero interest in zero UK growth. How things have changed

There's zero interest in zero UK growth. How things have changed

A flatlining economy would normally be big news but the torpor fits neatly into both Labour and tory narrativesIt’s as if somebody has hit the pause button on the economy. After going backwards in
Of course Labour’s policies can work – they used to be the norm | Letters

Of course Labour’s policies can work – they used to be the norm | Letters

Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals were once widely accepted in pre-Thatcher Britain, says Austen Lynch, while John Forsyth writes of the economic benefit of people having more money, though Chris Pratt
Tory poll lead powers pound to 31-month high against euro

Tory poll lead powers pound to 31-month high against euro

Predictions of victory for Conservatives raise City hopes of end to Brexit uncertaintyUK general election – latest newsThe pound has risen to its highest level against the euro in more than two and a
Would Labour really save families more than £6,700 a year?

Would Labour really save families more than £6,700 a year?

We put John McDonnell’s election claim about the cost of living to the testLatest election news - live updatesJohn McDonnell claims a Labour government would save families more than £6,700 a year.
The Guardian view on Labour and Tories: radical economics now the norm | Editorial

The Guardian view on Labour and Tories: radical economics now the norm | Editorial

Whoever wins the election is likely to make sure that their heretical gamble will be vindicatedIs this election turning out to be a Lutheran moment for the Church of Economics? If one listens to the
Tories and Labour would both struggle to stay in borrowing limits – thinktank

Tories and Labour would both struggle to stay in borrowing limits – thinktank

Two main parties on track to break their own spending rules, says Resolution FoundationBoris Johnson’s election spending pledges have left a Conservative-led administration with a slender chance of
Brazil Intervenes to Prop Up Real After It Sinks to Record Low

Brazil Intervenes to Prop Up Real After It Sinks to Record Low

Brazil’s central bank stepped into the foreign exchange market Tuesday, selling dollars for the first time in three months to prop up the real after it slumped to a record low.
Just how radical is Labour’s manifesto? | Letters

Just how radical is Labour’s manifesto? | Letters

Labour’s proposals are not so dramatic by international standards, writes Joe McCarthy, while Rodney Smith remembers a time when many more services were nationalised. Plus letters from Kimon
The Guardian view on the Tory manifesto: dangerous despite its caution | Editorial

The Guardian view on the Tory manifesto: dangerous despite its caution | Editorial

The Conservative programme unveiled by Boris Johnson rests upon a central untruth: the promise to ‘Get Brexit Done’The Conservative manifesto launched today looks at first glimpse decidedly modest,
In uncertain times, a museum of money is a sure-fire winner

In uncertain times, a museum of money is a sure-fire winner

For 40 years now, British people have had to take responsibility for their financial future. An educational museum where people could learn how this is best done is long overdueWhat Britain needs is
The claim that Labour’s tax plans are ‘not credible’ is based on ideology, not fact | Paul Mason

The claim that Labour’s tax plans are ‘not credible’ is based on ideology, not fact | Paul Mason

The Institute for Fiscal Studies seems unable to imagine an economic model that is different from the one we haveThe Institute for Fiscal Studies on Thursday gifted the rightwing tabloids a key
The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial

The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial

Economics dominates public debate while being seen as an abstract authority over which people have little control. That must changeOn BBC Question Time on Thursday there was an exchange between an
The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial

The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial

Economics dominates public debate while being seen as an abstract authority over which people have little control. That must changeOn BBC Question Time on Thursday there was an exchange between an
UK companies hit by sharpest activity drop since Brexit vote

UK companies hit by sharpest activity drop since Brexit vote

Economy forecast to contract as services and manufacturing firms blame fall on uncertaintyBritain’s private sector companies suffered the sharpest drop in activity this month since the EU referendum,
Will corporation tax increases always lower wages and raise prices?

Will corporation tax increases always lower wages and raise prices?

John McDonnell argues it is wrong to say taxing companies inevitably costs workers Latest election news – live updatesThe shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, says it is not inevitable that when you
McDonnell rejects claims Labour would leave people worse off

McDonnell rejects claims Labour would leave people worse off

Only top 5% of earners would pay more tax under party, shadow chancellor saysJohn McDonnell has rejected suggestions that Labour’s economic policy would increase prices and lower wages, arguing that