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It’s not (yet) too late for Hunt to save our grandchildren from destitution

Stop talking the country down, the Chancellor said last week. Jeremy Hunt wants us to acknowledge that economic growth will soon be fired up once more, even if we need to get through a few months of fiscal tightening (ie tax rises) before reaching the promised land. I admire his optimism, although it looks a …

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Britain is becoming sick over the trans debate. Only facts can cure it

Imagine the outrage if, after the discovery that yet another rapist had been found amid the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, the Commissioner had told women to calm down. “The vast majority of officers,” he might have told protesters, “are likely to be safe.” The thought is preposterous. Yet it is the very argument made …

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M&S is leading Britain’s high street revival as online retailers care into crisis

Screwfix may not be the most glamorous retailer, but it is opening 80 new stores, often in small, more local locations. The number of independent bookshops climbed last year to a 10-year high, reclaiming market share from Amazon. Even HMV returned to profit this year for the first time since it was bought out of …

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When will the Tories realize that Net Zero is a foolish fantasy?

Chris Skidmore helped drive the commitment to Net Zero through the House of Commons in the dying days of Theresa May’s government. Unfortunately, he seems to have spent the subsequent four years hiding beneath a large rock. His just-published review (commissioned by Liz Truss) into the Government’s target to reach Net Zero by 2050 is …

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Who tells the greater political lie: Brexiteers or Rejoiners?

The debate is reduced to wearisome attempts to discredit Brexit by a thousand blows, gaslighting the nation into accepting that high energy bills, or inflation, or the rail strike, or the failings of the NHS, stem from leaving the EU. They endlessly repeat claims that trade has collapsed – actually it has not, once you …

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Keir Starmer is ready to betray die-hard Remainers who ushered him in

This is only important because at this stage Labor looks highly likely to form the next UK Government. A lot can change in two years, and I wouldn’t entirely discount Conservative chances of a comeback. All the same, it would mark an extraordinary turnaround, and it would require Starmer to make a lot of mistakes …

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Why millennials will enjoy better investment returns than baby boomers

Nor is it just in Britain that younger investors have kept their discipline. Vanguard conducted a study of its US investors in the wake of the covid crash. It found that only a tiny percentage of customers — less than 0.5pc — panicked and switched into cash between February and May 2020. Of those, more …

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