Author Archives for Robert Colvile

2019 Articles

Labour isn’t even trying to make its slapdash sums add up
Labour isn’t even trying to make its slapdash sums add up
General Elections are always an uncomfortable period for those of us who like our facts straight and our figures honest. [...]
December 3, 2019
The vote-winning power of tax cuts
The vote-winning power of tax cuts
As theGeneral Election clunks into gear, it’s already clear what Labour’s approach will be: promise to spend literally all the [...]
November 12, 2019
Do British voters really want to ban billionaires like Corbyn says?
Do British voters really want to ban billionaires like Corbyn says?
Say what you like about Jeremy Corbyn, at least he’s not afraid to play the hits. A week into the [...]
November 5, 2019
Level up: Lessons from London for boosting the rest of the UK
Level up: Lessons from London for boosting the rest of the UK
Britain’s economy has been distorted. London takes all the jobs, all the talent, all the investment, leaving crumbs for everyone [...]
October 29, 2019
Warning: The conveyor belt of global growth is grinding ever more slowly
Warning: The conveyor belt of global growth is grinding ever more slowly
Where has all the growth gone? It’s the biggest economic question that we face – not just in Britain, but [...]
October 15, 2019
The Conservative party’s love affair with the City is back on
The Conservative party’s love affair with the City is back on
Have the Tories fallen back in love with business?  In place of lectures from Theresa May about executive pay, this [...]
October 8, 2019
There’s something important that Corbyn still needs to learn from Tony Blair
There’s something important that Corbyn still needs to learn from Tony Blair
To say that the Labour party conference hasn’t been going quite as the leadership might have intended would be something [...]
September 24, 2019
Think Brexit is a mess? Imagine what Remain would look like now
Think Brexit is a mess? Imagine what Remain would look like now
Stop Brexit. For those working in Westminster, this has become the song of the summer, chanted by the throng of [...]
September 10, 2019
Give Corbyn some credit –  he helped to deliver Brexit
Give Corbyn some credit – he helped to deliver Brexit
When the history books are written, Boris Johnson may well be remembered as the man who delivered Brexit. But there [...]
August 20, 2019
Free schools show how hard it can be to battle the Blob
Free schools show how hard it can be to battle the Blob
It was Michael Gove who popularised the term “the Blob” to describe the establishment forces battling his education reforms. It’s [...]
August 13, 2019
Free ports could turn Brexit to our economic advantage
Free ports could turn Brexit to our economic advantage
One of the most exciting shifts in policy under the new government has been its whole-hearted embrace of free ports. [...]
August 6, 2019
Here’s one simple tax trick that Boris Johnson could borrow from Donald Trump
Here’s one simple tax trick that Boris Johnson could borrow from Donald Trump
It’s been great to see the new government hit the ground running, and even better to see it focus on [...]
August 1, 2019
The special Anglo-American relationship is still worth celebrating – and defending
The special Anglo-American relationship is still worth celebrating – and defending
To understand how close the relationship between Britain and America really is, consider a conversation that took place in December [...]
June 25, 2019
Chuka failed – but the centre ground isn’t as empty as you’d think
Chuka failed – but the centre ground isn’t as empty as you’d think
It’s been a sad, strange journey for Chuka Umunna. Only a few short years ago, he was being touted as [...]
June 18, 2019