Economics Editor of Sky News, columnist at The Times. More about The Summit here: t.co/4Dntq0cJlj

Should George Osborne follow Mark Carney’s lead?

medium.com — If you work in a business you'll probably be familiar with the phenomenon of the useless meeting - those hour-long sessions where everyone talks, gets sleepy and then decides nothing. You'll probably also realise just how difficult it is to get rid of these meetings, however difficult.

By the time the oil runs out we won’t need it

thetimes.co.uk — Capitalism is brilliant at solving its own problems: fracking is driving down prices until we find new energy sources The wonderful thing about capitalism is that every so often it solves its own problems: 120 years ago this newspaper featured some research predicting that by 1950 every street in London would be 9ft deep in horse manure.

In praise of George Osborne

medium.com — He's had rather a tough time of it today, has George Osborne. There's the Labour party, criticising the Autumn Statement, his LibDem colleagues slagging off his spending plans and many media pundits ( myself included, I admit) laying into the Chancellor for just about everything else.

'Colossal' Spending Cuts Could Transform UK

news.sky.com — Britain still faces years of "colossal" Government spending cuts that will completely transform the nature of the economy, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. Speaking a day after the Autumn Statement, the independent analysts underlined the scale of the austerity plans revealed by the Treasury.

The Autumn Statement in eight charts

medium.com — On the basis that no-one reads articles that aren't listicles these days, here are eight things you need to know about today's Autumn Statement. The first four points are, one way or another, about the public finances. The remaining ones are about the wider economy.

The Autumn Statement in eight charts

medium.com — On the basis that no-one reads articles that aren't listicles these days, here are eight things you need to know about today's Autumn Statement. The first four points are, one way or another, about the public finances. The remaining ones are about the wider economy.

Why is George Osborne intervening in the housing market?

medium.com — A few months ago, I wrote a column asking whether George Osborne was really a Conservative at all. My point was that when you looked at his tenancy of the public finances, he looked rather less hard-line than he sounds. A bit Keynesian, even. Well today there's yet more evidence of the Chancellor's interventionist tendencies.

The chancellor is hilarious, and it’s all down to the way he tells them

thetimes.co.uk — Richard Pryor, Billy Connolly, Louis CK. Today I'd like to make a fresh nomination for the comedy hall of fame. It is a man who has produced a body of work unparalleled in its scale, subtlety and genius.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

thetimes.co.uk — Who invented the computer? Or, for that matter, the microprocessor or the internet? If you're after a straightforward answer you are likely to be disappointed. In technology, more than most other fields, the romantic image of the mad inventor locked away in his basement simply doesn't chime with reality.

Forward Guidance: whatever happened to Mark Carney’s big idea?

edmundconway.com — Do you remember forward guidance? That's OK, not to worry - not many others do either. It was the policy launched to enormous fanfare by Mark Carney when he became Bank of England Governor in the summer of 2013. It was about as simple a rule as one could expect from a central bank.
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Dec 18, 2014

Petrol prices vs crude oil prices in UK. Chart (annual changes) courtesy of @ONS pic.twitter.com/eph5TwvmaN

Dec 18, 2014

RT @SkyNewsBreak: Local government minister Kris Hopkins says councils will have an overall reduction of 1.8% in central government grants in 2015/16

Dec 18, 2014

RT @ONS: Retail Sales increased 6.4% year on year in November 14. Biggest rise in a decade ow.ly/G5MsV

Dec 18, 2014

Putin: The bounce back is inevitable. Our economy is going to bounce back from the crisis. In most unfavourable scenario it will take 2yrs

Dec 18, 2014

Putin: There is no doubt if the situation goes on unfavourably we will have to make adjustments to our plans. We would have to cut something

Dec 18, 2014

RT @ReutersJamie: A breakdown of Russia's FX reserves. No need to panic...at least not yet, says Morgan Stanley: pic.twitter.com/lr0NgGgsKF

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