Policy & Politics

Net lending to manufacturing down 40%

A tweet and article by Chris Dillow alerted me to the Bank of England net lending figures for manufacturing (which only go back to July 2009)….

Robots and jobs (again)

As an economist, I hate bad data and over interpretation of bad data. And although a picture may say a thousand words, those thousand words…

FT: Business investment key to recovery

FT: Business investment key to recovery

The FT’s leader today focuses on the sustainability of the UK’s fragile recovery. It’s worth a read, but the key points are as follows: …it…

Is a 2014 General Election possible?

Is a 2014 General Election possible?

Not that there’s a big chance, but as the chartering classes like to chatter, the idea is being muted in tweets and blogs (Benedict Brogan…

Space: A Strategy for Growth

Space: A Strategy for Growth

The focus this week on the success and innovation of the UK’s space industry, has included the UK’s ambition to obtain 10% of the global…

Robots aren’t stealing our jobs

It may seem a rather odd title, but there’s a very lively debate going on in the UK and US on whether robots are stealing…

UK lags behind in R&D spend

Tera Allas, a strategic advisor at the Department for Business, has tweeted a chart that looks at absolute R&D spend (as opposed to R&D as…