Party conference season is in full swing, and infrastructure is at the top of the agenda for good reason.
Having won a majority, and with Labour’s new leader polling worse than any in history, one might have expected a jubilant Conservative party conference.
Pressure on governments around the world to tackle corporate tax avoidance and make sure multinationals pay their “fair share” is mounting.
I feel as if we are in a time warp. To read right-wing commentators over the past few days, you would think the Cold War is back on – only this time we are losing. To hear them talk, we are living in a new age of Russian power.

Guildhall yard is pretty nippy at 8am. The wind whistles through the gaps in the buildings and there’s no sun to warm the paving stones.

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, think tanks such as the IEA had a difficult time. We were told that the argument for the market economy had been won.
One Poultry, the sand-coloured monolith standing on the junction opposite the Bank of England, has always been a building that has divided opinion. 
There must have been something in the water at Number 11 Downing Street in the 1970s and 1980s: two of the most famous post-war chancellors have now said they will vote Out in David Cameron’s forthcoming EU referendum.
The UK does not have enough homes – especially in the capital. This is a concern persistently raised by our members and felt the country over.
On Monday, it will become law for all large retailers to charge 5p for plastic bags, and give the proceeds to charity. This act has been greeted with heady acclaim.
The election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour leader was one of the biggest surprises in the UK political arena in recent memory. It signalled a shift to the left that hasn’t been seen in a major opposition party in 30 years. 
It is time for a big think about UK house prices. Does anybody know which way they will turn? Whether we’re looking at the short term or the long term, a tremendous amount of uncertainty abounds. 
The European Commission yesterday launched its action plan for a Capital Markets Union – or CMU for short. The initiative is designed to build a true single market across all 28 EU member states. 
What is a market economy?
Readers who either had young children or were children themselves in the 1980s will recall the Um Bongo jingle. The advert assured us that it was drunk in the Congo.
Mark Twain's suggestion that “there is no such thing as a new idea” is particularly true of politics. The Labour leadership campaign injected new energy into the Labour party, and plenty of new members. 
Most people are familiar with the Lend Lease arrangement between the US and the UK during the Second World War, wherein the US government provided Britain and other allied nations with supplies to support the war effort.
Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell are desperate to be seen as economically credible.
In the 1970s, Britain was sick. It suffered from endemic inflation, high unemployment, volatile growth and structural decline. Eyes wandered jealously across the Channel to the fast-growing European economies.

When I worked in Washington, perhaps the dreariest job of all was covering congressional hearings.

The Northern Powerhouse continues to garner much media attention, but we cannot ignore other areas of the country, and in reality we should be calling it the “Regional Powerhouse”.

The UK’s tech star is certainly rising. From the growing number of unicorn valuations, to the ever-larger venture capital cheques, British entrepreneurs are now commanding global attention.
Here in Britain, this year we have been enjoying celebrating 800 years since King John signed Magna Carta.
The chancellor's introduction of a new National Living Wage, which will raise the wage floor by 50p to £7.20 an hour for over-25s from April, is a dramatic break from the last two decades of policy. 
Lobbyists might never finish first in a popularity contest, but as an industry whose job it is to stick up for causes, whether popular or not, we’ve also got to make sure that the public understands why lobbying can be a force for immense good. 
Scary, scary robots. If you believe the hype, robots are coming for your job, your society and everything you hold dear. 
Over the coming months, the new leader of the opposition and his shadow chancellor are likely to set out a very different economic worldview, with policies built on the premise that big is beautiful in the case of the size of the state. 
The scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s rigged emissions tests, which may affect 11m vehicles, has rightly caused outrage.
The UK is fast becoming one of the world’s leading fintech centres.
Imagine you are relaxing at a bar enjoying a drink after a hard day’s work. The person next to you strikes up a conversation. Initially he seems reasonable. 
No matter where you are commuting from this morning and where your final destination is, it will be impossible not to notice the construction boom taking place in the capital.
When the Eurozone crisis first erupted five years ago, it was a crisis of confidence in the ability of peripheral countries (Greece, Spain, Portugal) to pay back the debt incurred in financing their swollen government deficits.
I feel sorry for the Conservatives’ London mayoral candidates.
Let the gormlessness begin.
Next month, there is an immensely important event on the diplomatic calendar. The Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay us a state visit and, as a result, the eyes of over 1bn people will be on us. 
After decades of post-war decline, the Thames has undergone a renaissance and is once again at the economic heart of London. 
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, wisely noted that only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. 
As a technology investor, I spend my days scouring Europe in search of the next big thing. 
Is this the recovery in the UK being held back by skill shortages? There is growing evidence that this is the case.