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A Treasury borrowing binge is ‘unsustainable’ – but it will probably still happen

The IFS has advised the chancellor Rishi Sunak that he will have to raise taxes to avoid breaking his fiscal rules. In which case expect No 10’s ‘stooge’ to start ripping up the rulebook, says James Moore → Read More

Boris Johnson can't tackle the climate crisis without tackling the housing crisis, too

Every time half of Britain finds itself underwater, the Environment Agency cries: “Stop building on flood plains.” Sir James Bevan, the agency’s CEO, said something like that in a speech yesterday. He also called for better flood protection and suggested that it would be a good idea to look at ways of making communities more resilient to these events, which have become a → Read More

Apple and Prudential under fire from very different activists but both stories show why investors must wake up

Campaigners from SumOfUs have sponsored a motion calling on Apple to make human rights disclosures in wake of controversy over China, while Pru is under attack from a hedge fund → Read More

Barclays should call time on golden hellos as it seeks a new CEO

Is a CEO of Barclays taking on the most difficult job in banking? Or one of the most attractive? The blue eagle has reportedly kicked off its search for the successor to Jes Staley, planning for a handover at the end of 2020, although that could be extended until the 2021 AGM. → Read More

How can consumers join forces with money managers to force a corporate clean-up?

Last week was a big one for planet Earth, at least if you believe the corporate hype. BP said it planned to become a net zero carbon company by 2050 and then up popped AXA Investment Managers with its stewardship report, and the suggestion that it would hold the feet of companies in which it invests to the fire. Sort of. → Read More

Hard questions for Barclays over Jeffrey Epstein investigation

Once again, Barclays CEO Jes Staley is in the crosshairs of Britain’s financial regulators, under investigation and under a dark cloud as a result of his past relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, financier, friend of Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, convicted sex offender. → Read More

20 pledges for 2020: Should green-minded investors avoid cheap index tracking funds?

I’ve pledged to help people navigate the green investment maze in 2020. There’s no one way through it. But it is a way you can achieve positive change → Read More

The idea of state-run assisted dying for disabled people scares me – just look at how it treats us in life

Michael Askham’s story, reported in The Independent yesterday, is gut wrenching. The 59-year-old former nurse has motor neurone disease and has taken the decision to refuse food so he can die at a time of his own choosing before that option is taken away from him. → Read More

Just how credible is BP’s carbon neutral promise?

Oil giant BP has boldly stated that it has “new purpose”. The company says it’s “reimagining energy for people and our planet” as part of becoming a net carbon-zero company by 2050. I wonder how much they paid the marketing/pr guru who came up with those words. Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me if it involved a fleet of them spending hours in conference rooms → Read More

Beware the buoyant economic figures – Brexit will bring them back down by the end of 2020

There were things for Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid to cheer about in the latest GDP numbers, although a couple of pairs of rose-tinted spectacles wouldn’t have gone amiss. While the headline numbers showed no growth in the fourth quarter, they rebounded from the November slump in December, which recorded a 0.3 per cent bump. → Read More

Of course wealthy people like Boris Johnson love HS2 – they're the only ones who'll be able to afford to use it

I suppose you can understand why the question of HS2 fares has been almost entirely absent from the debate over the thing. It is, after all, going to be years before anyone uses their iPhone to buy a smart ticket. Will the iPhone even still be a thing when the first London to Manchester service leaves? Given that it’s not going to happen until the middle of the next decade – → Read More

There’s every reason to be sceptical about Boris Johnson’s highly touted plans for free ports

Free ports? They’re a bold new way to boost trade and investment in the eyes of their Thatcherite supporters. A golden opportunity to turbocharge the “levelling up” of the deprived areas of Britain which gifted Boris Johnson his thumping majority, alongside extending high-speed rail to Leeds and Manchester. → Read More

Economically our film industry is a star but will it still shine under Boris Johnson?

This morning’s Oscar coverage will perhaps inevitably be dominated by how “our” team got on at the climax to what’s been an impressive awards season. The economic performance of the UK industry is, however, the real star. For the second time in three weeks I’m indebted to the Centre for Economics & Business’s (CEBR’s) Forecasting Eye, which has adroitly put out some numbers → Read More

How Donald Trump became a sure bet for 2020 – but only a small number of people will profit

Why does a gambler stake money on an odds-on shot months before a race is set to begin? This makes sense if they feel their fancy is a certainty and the odds are only going to come in closer to the event. It’s the stuff of nightmares, but Donald Trump is now odds-on to be re-elected when American voters go to the polls for the big one in November. → Read More

Why is Sajid Javid making economic promises he can’t keep?

I don’t think I want to speculate,” is how Dr Arno Hantzsche responded when asked by The Independent why on earth the chancellor, Sajid Javid, would promise to more than double the UK’s economic growth to 2.8 per cent. The principal economist for the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (Niesr) was speaking after that august body released its assessment of his → Read More

This attack on the BBC will come back to bite the government –​ and by then it may be too late

A few years ago, when there was one of those periodic fusses about how much the BBC was paying for Formula One, I found myself in conversation with a senior BBC editor. “The thing people forget,” he said. “Is that there are a lot of people who only watch the BBC for Formula One and we have to think about them too.” He went on to suggest that in terms of bang for the Beeb’s → Read More

Why we need to take a hard line on greenwashing by the likes of Ryanair

Ryanair being accused of “greenwashing” after getting rapped over the knuckles for claims made in its ads? It probably doesn’t count as the day’s biggest surprise. The airline has a history of sailing close to the line, and sometimes crossing it. It has butted heads with regulators on repeated occasions and will no doubt do so again. → Read More

How the rise of Veganuary is helping to prop up our supermarkets

Sales of plant-based products are surging among health-conscious consumers – even those who don’t necessarily identify as vegan or vegetarian, writes James Moore → Read More

Is the financial watchdog doing enough to help those stuck in debt?

Struggling borrowers can say no to the repayment plans their lenders offer but, asks James Moore, will they feel able to do that? → Read More

Money managers must bring heavy industry’s climate refuseniks to heel

Businesses are terribly keen to tell us that they take the climate crisis seriously. If you take a look at what they’re actually doing it is, however, easy to be cynical. Take supermarkets. A number of them of have announced plans to go “carbon neutral” over the next decade or two with great fanfare. But they still come up with all sorts of excuses for why they can’t put → Read More