UK exports suffer huge slump since Brexit vote

This is the title of the piece in the ‘Daily Business’ – and it is no exaggeration. It continues: The Commons data shows the UK saw a decline in exports of -5.5% over five years, putting it behind 13 neighbouring countries: Ireland (+48.1%), Finland (+18.8%), Sweden (+15.5%), the Netherlands (+15%), Denmark (+14%), Luxembourg (+13.6%), Austria… Read more

Unless building back better is a metaphor…

It doesn’t look to have much prospect of coming about. The Independent reports: Builders are being forced to down tools amid a “perfect storm for construction” which is putting the UK’s economic recovery in doubt, industry groups have warned. The cost of building materials has soared by 20 per cent, exacerbating the problems facing an… Read more

The ‘wages’ of immigration are actually most likely, rent

As, personally, a ‘remainer’, we need to speak about wages. It seems that a lot of the original talk that EU immigration had a small – or less – effect on wages was not entirely correct – and let’s be straight about that. It did not actually seem right to me at the time and… Read more