Liz Truss has offered sound economics, but terrible communication

I write this week in a state of high anxiety, deep concern and, yes, even anger. I am angry at the feeding frenzy that has once again surrounded our Government and our country – but also at the avoidable mistakes that have caused it. The stakes could hardly be higher. This country has been offered … Read more

Liz Truss is embarked on a course of sheer madness, taking the Bank of England with her

The Bank of England’s emergency purchase of gilts buys a reprieve of thirteen days at enormous institutional risk. The rescue was a last resort to avert a doom loop in the pensions system and the £1 trillion mortgage market. It solves nothing in itself. The Bank has been put in the invidious position of having … Read more

Liz Truss must hold her nerve as the world tips into a calamitous recession

For the past 25 years, and especially since the financial crisis, the global economy has taken a disastrous wrong turn for which we are about to pay a hideous price. In one of the gravest intellectual errors since communism, many of the world’s cleverest people thought they had discovered the secret to perpetual prosperity. Forget … Read more

There is no sterling crisis, except in the minds of idiots

It seems any stick will do to beat up on the Government’s new fiscal package. Seeing that there is no logic in attacking fiscal solvency, because the Chancellor has explicitly committed himself to it, the mob of critics have fastened on the fall in sterling as the “canary in the coal mine” that denounces the … Read more

The Russian military might yet finish Putin off

Putin’s latest nuclear threats signify above all that he is in grave danger at home. It was intended not just to cow the West but also to show strength to his henchmen who think he’s not been tough enough in Ukraine and to warn the plotters in Moscow that he will stop at nothing to … Read more

The Labour Party is dangerously underestimating Liz Truss’s Tories

There’s a new groupthink gripping British politics. Namely that the Conservative Party has officially lost its mind. Labour, the centre-Left commentariat, a host of establishment economists and a great many Tory MPs are united in horror over the Government’s gamble on “casino” Trussonomics. The story goes that “tax cuts for the rich” are as economically … Read more

Russia’s mobilisation will only make Putin’s problems worse

Diners gasped as the riot police thudded the man’s head against the windows of the chic Moscow restaurant. Arrested for demonstrating against mobilisation, it is very likely he will now be sent to fight in Ukraine. Just 12 hours earlier, Vladimir Putin had taken to the podium with a pre-recorded speech to announce partial mobilisation … Read more

The best advertisement for Brexit is the nightmarish city of Brussels itself

Last week, as Putin once more threw around the prospect of nuclear war, Liz Truss stood before the UN in New York and said that the West would not be rattled by his thuggery, adding: “Unless democratic societies deliver on the economy and security our citizens expect, we will fall behind.” It was generous, but … Read more

Amid Putin’s blustering threats, the West has genuine cause for hope

I’m touching wood as I write, but can you think of anything that is going well for Vladimir Putin? Under his command, the Russian army has just lost not only a conquered territory the size of Wales, but also its aura of invincibility. If it suffers a comparable defeat in the south, the end is … Read more

Stangler: How to help spot signs of suicide

By Don Stangler, UnitedHealthcare chief medical officer September is National Suicide Prevention Month, which offers a good time to raise awareness to help reduce the stigma around mental health issues. This could be an important step to lowering suicide rates over the coming years. Suicide is on the rise nationally. According to the most recent … Read more