Allister Heath was Editor of City A.M. for six years up until June 2014.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
FACTS are sacred, unlike mere subjective opinions – or so most sensible people believe. In reality, as every good French philosopher would tell you, what we trust to be objective data-based truths all too often turn out to be social constructs.
Monday 07 April 2014
THE housing crisis in London and its commuter belt can be blamed on one simple problem: there is an under-supply of property.
Friday 04 April 2014
BRITAIN’S debt burden is falling. Yes, you’ve read that right: the UK is finally deleveraging. But there is a catch: debt hasn’t fallen enough even though we are already nearing the end of the deleveraging cycle.
Thursday 03 April 2014
WHAT a disaster for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.
Wednesday 02 April 2014
HARDLY anybody has heard of the Roman poet Juvenal these days, which is a great shame. He was the first, as far as we know, to ask one of the central questions of political philosophy: “Who will guard the guardians?”
Tuesday 01 April 2014
WE all know that bosses keep awarding themselves bigger and bigger pay rises, right? And that FTSE 100 CEOs’ comp keeps on rocketing? Wrong. The facts paint a far more complex picture, and deserve a proper airing.
Monday 31 March 2014
A DISASTER for Francois Hollande, France’s socialist president: that is the only way to describe the outcome of yesterday’s elections, which saw the centre-right sweep to power in towns and cities across the country.
Friday 28 March 2014
FACTS are often scarce in the great European debate. It is possible for fair-minded people to come down on either side of the question.
Thursday 27 March 2014
CONSUMERS and politicians should draw very careful lessons from the news that SSE, the energy giant, is freezing its prices. This is hardly the victory that some on the left believe it to be.
Wednesday 26 March 2014
A YEAR ago, the political establishment was still obsessed with the debate over austerity; today, hardly anybody cares any more. Labour has moved on to fresh territory, as has the coalition.
Tuesday 25 March 2014
LONDON is at the top of its game. It is not only the commercial, financial, cultural and political capital of the UK but a great city-state, a global metropolis which attracts the world’s best and brightest.
Monday 24 March 2014
IT IS obvious that Russia is a significant source of jobs, trade and investment for the UK.
Friday 21 March 2014
SUPPORTERS of the nanny state were out in force yesterday, attacking George Osborne’s revolutionary liberalisation of the pensions market.
Thursday 20 March 2014
Wednesday 19 March 2014
GOOD on Mark Carney. The Bank of England he inherited was in urgent need of a shake-up, and he has now delivered on the comprehensive reorganisation he promised.
Tuesday 18 March 2014
BRITAIN’S traumatic national wage cut could be about to come to an end – or so the Treasury would like us to believe.
Monday 17 March 2014
AT THE start of every year, forecasters try to predict what could go wrong over the next 12 months – and every time, they get it terribly, spectacularly wrong.
Friday 14 March 2014
BONUSES are not the source of all evil. Sorry, I know I’m not meant to say that, but it’s the truth.
Thursday 13 March 2014
IT’s hard to know what is most bizarre: the fact that the coalition and Labour are ganging up to vandalise the UK’s pension system, or that so few people have noticed or care.
Wednesday 12 March 2014
ROSS Perot, as a US presidential candidate in 1992, infamously decried “the giant sucking sound” of jobs being exported abroad as a result of free trade. It was populist nonsense, of course.
Tuesday 11 March 2014
IF you want to see how to destroy an economy and a society, look no further than Venezuela.
Monday 10 March 2014
AN op-ed in the New York Times slamming the UK’s response to the Ukrainian crisis is making waves.
Friday 07 March 2014
DAVID CAMERON has a major problem. He is alienating many of the groups that traditionally supported his party and failing to reach out to any new ones.
Thursday 06 March 2014
BRITAIN remains in a savings crisis. A shocking 19 per cent of the public have no savings at all, up from 17 per cent last year, and the average stash put away for a rainy day is a miserable £10,208.
Wednesday 05 March 2014
IMMIGRANTS are good for jobs. Yes, you’ve read that right: even though much of the public believes that migrants depress the labour market, the truth is that foreign entrepreneurs are actually responsible for a great number of British jobs.