Allister Heath

Allister Heath
Allister Heath

Allister Heath is Editor of City A.M., the daily business newspaper distributed in and around London and digitally. Under his editorship, the paper, which has now grown to an audited print circulation of 128,781 copies per day, has become an influential voice in London's business community. Heath's trenchant daily column in the paper covers economics, finance, politics, geopolitics, business strategy and other subjects and has gathered an increasingly large following.

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Wednesday 13 November 2013
IT IS usually a pretty good rule of thumb that nobody really learns anything from booms and busts.
Tuesday 12 November 2013
GOVERNMENTS shouldn’t try to centrally plan economies. It is absurd for the coalition to have decreed that it wants UK exports to reach £1 trillion a year by 2020, for example.
Monday 11 November 2013
LONDON is a global city, and together with a handful of other ultra-successful urban centres worldwide, the closest we have today to the ancient Phoenician and Greek city-states.
Friday 08 November 2013
BELIEVE it or not the European Central Bank did the right thing yesterday by cutting interest rates.
Thursday 07 November 2013
ONE of the perennial myths about this country is that we are somehow uniquely keen on home-ownership and are culturally averse to renting.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
IN the long run we are all dead – that was John Maynard Keynes’ excuse when justifying short-termist policies to boost the economy.
Tuesday 05 November 2013
SLOWLY but surely, the public is turning its back on the free market economy and reembracing an atavistic version of socialism which, if implemented, would end in tears.
Monday 04 November 2013
IT is clear that the working poor desperately need help. With the cost of living rocketing, they are being hammered.
Friday 01 November 2013
EVEN the Bank of England sometimes makes mistakes. It was forced to correct its most recent data on consumer borrowing yesterday, in a development that confirmed what many of us feared all along: credit is beginning to surge dangerously.
CBI director-general John Cridland says that the Labour party is wrong to be seeking to pit small firms against big corporations
Friday 01 November 2013
John Cridland tells Allister Heath and Elizabeth Fournier that investors are beginning to worry about the UK
Thursday 31 October 2013
WRONG, wrong, wrong. That, I’m afraid, is the only way to describe the shameful decision last night by the Privy Council to institute a system of statutory regulation for publishers.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
SOMETHING very exciting is about to happen in Milton Keynes, of all places. Starting in 18 months’ time, the Buckinghamshire town will host the first proper UK test of driverless cars.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
LONDON’S housing policy is in a mess: rules, restrictions and levies make it hard and expensive to build homes in the right places, crimping supply. Combined with growing demand, this has pushed prices up.
Monday 28 October 2013
THREE major forces help drive progress: economic and legal institutions; people, especially risk-taking buccaneers and entrepreneurs; and chance.
Friday 25 October 2013
BANKER bashing is over – that was the dramatic message from Mark Carney last night, as he finally ditched his predecessor Lord King’s hostility to the City, replacing it instead by a much more sensible approach.
Thursday 24 October 2013
1 IN the US, over 8,000 waiters have PhDs or equivalent qualifications, as have 5,057 cleaners. Roughly 317,000 waiters have university degrees, as have 80,000 bartenders and 18,000 parking attendants.
Wednesday 23 October 2013
EVERY so often, when I get depressed about the state of contemporary British politics, I begin to recall with something close to fondness Sir John Major’s time as prime minister from 1990 to 1997.
Tuesday 22 October 2013
FORGET the old politics of left versus right.
Monday 21 October 2013
OUR energy policy is going from bad to worse.
Friday 18 October 2013
LIKE most readers, I have had my run-ins with energy companies. One especially pushy door to door salesperson once tried to forcefully convince me that I needed to sign up to his firm because I had just moved into a new home.
Thursday 17 October 2013
SO IT appears to be a case of crisis deferred: as I write, the US seems sure to avoid default, for the next few months anyway.
Wednesday 16 October 2013
IT goes without saying that, with the benefit of hindsight, the government sold the shares in Royal Mail too cheaply.
Tuesday 15 October 2013
SOME people still remember their university exam questions; I can still vaguely recall a few if I really put my mind to it.
Monday 14 October 2013
EVERY so often, financial markets spectacularly misjudge an issue. One such blunder took place immediately after Ed Miliband announced his policy to freeze gas and electricity prices for the first 18 months of a Labour government.
Shapps became party chair last September
Monday 14 October 2013
Cutting the jobs tax will help UK Plc