Allister Heath was Editor of City A.M. for six years up until June 2014.
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.
Monday 14 October 2013
Cutting the jobs tax will help UK Plc
Friday 11 October 2013
IT IS an utter scandal that those who applied for more than £10,000 worth of Royal Mail shares were awarded nothing. Why? Since when is a privatisation to be conducted along class war lines?
Thursday 10 October 2013
THERE is no better snapshot of modern Britain than the regular updates from HMRC on the taxes we pay and the income we earn. The latest batch doesn’t disappoint.
Wednesday 09 October 2013
I F YOU want to understand the real crisis facing Britain, look no further than yesterday’s league tables on educational performance.
Tuesday 08 October 2013
IT is easy to laugh at America’s political system, which is once again showing itself to be hopelessly defective as it trundles along towards a possible default.
Monday 07 October 2013
WHEN this government was first elected, it promised to simplify Britain’s tax code, which over the years has become one of the lengthiest in the world. To say that it failed would be a pathetic understatement.
Friday 04 October 2013
THINGS are either going very well or they are going very badly, depending on your point of view.
Thursday 03 October 2013
THERE is, of course, a place for soundbites. David Cameron’s speech yesterday had those in spades; some were even pretty good.
Wednesday 02 October 2013
IT is time for Americans to decide: do they want to be a social democracy, Eurozone style, with high levels of tax and public spending, or do they want to be a small state society, with low taxes and low levels of public spending?
Tuesday 01 October 2013
FISCAL responsibility is back – or so the chancellor would like us to believe. While the Tories shamefully backed Gordon Brown’s irresponsible policy of running budget deficits during the boom years, they have learnt the lesson the bitter way.
Monday 30 September 2013
WITH just 20 months to go before the general election, the Tories need to get their skates on.