It’s the Budget tomorrow. In fact, it’s Philip Hammond’s second Budget of the year. Hooray. Said no one. So what’s Phil likely to pull out of his spreadsheet this time? And will any of it survive the week? The first thing to remember about Budgets is that they are a piece of political theatre. I’m not sure if this has always been the case, but certainly in the era of Gordon Brown and George Osborne (who were both constantly auditioning for the role of PM), that’s what they degenerated into.
The German election this year was meant to be remarkable only for its dull efficiency. Germany was the sensible, grown-up power in a room full of populist toddlers, or so the story went. The true liberal heart of Europe, and increasingly the world, with Angela Merkel an unassuming blank. Well, so much for that theory…Germany’s election in September was messier than it looked to the outside world. Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU, came first. But it won with a badly reduced majority.
Welcome to your weekend edition, where we take a look through the charts that matter and catch up on anything else that we missed during the week. Markets had a bit of a nervy week. Investors have grown slightly rattled by the junk bond market as I discussed on Monday. And the truth is that stock markets, bond markets, and most other things, are very expensive indeed (I mean, try buying an Old Master for less than half a billion these days!) That said, this could just be a breather.
@MrRBourne@JonnElledge Ryan puts his finger on it. Unless someone a) claims to be a free market fan; then b) demands government intervention to stop pressure groups from doing this, there's no hypocrisy here - though there may be an equal and opposite hysteria, which is different.
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Selecting a term
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