On trade wars China is playing a careful game, but it holds more cards than Trump

Beijing knows the US presidents needs at least the appearance of a thriving economy before next year’s electionAt the beginning of September, Chinese president Xi Jinping incensed Donald Trump by imposing a flurry of new import duties on US goods, incl…

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Johnson’s Brexit needs to deliver economic benefits … and fast

There may be a short-term Brexit bounce but more austerity and deregulation won’t wash with PM’s new votersA soaring pound. Shares rising to record levels on the stock exchange. With the threat of a Labour government removed, it was a familiar story in…

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The Tories can’t offer tax cuts – there will be no money left after Brexit | Simon Wren-Lewis

While Brexit would mean more stagnation, Labour’s spending plans would boost the economy without frightening off investorsThe two main parties’ policies on tax and spending have had plenty of attention in this election campaign. Yet few have commented …

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There’s zero interest in zero UK growth. How things have changed

A flatlining economy would normally be big news but the torpor fits neatly into both Labour and tory narrativesIt’s as if somebody has hit the pause button on the economy. After going backwards in August and September, the UK failed to register any inc…

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There’s zero interest in zero UK growth. How things have changed

A flatlining economy would normally be big news but the torpor fits neatly into both Labour and tory narrativesIt’s as if somebody has hit the pause button on the economy. After going backwards in August and September, the UK failed to register any inc…

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Turning the economic tide: could a radical monetary theory fix Australia’s woes?

Bill Mitchell, the leading Australian proponent of modern monetary theory, argues that governments should abandon their obsession with budget surplusesAnother week and another glut of evidence that the Australian economy is flatlining. Growth figures s…

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Tories and Labour would both struggle to stay in borrowing limits – thinktank

Two main parties on track to break their own spending rules, says Resolution FoundationBoris Johnson’s election spending pledges have left a Conservative-led administration with a slender chance of staying within its borrowing limits if it returns to p…

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After years of excess in privatised utilities, of course Labour wants to renationalise

Corbyn’s ambitions for state ownership may raise eyebrows. But no Tory is ever heard to defend Thatcher’s sell-offs todayWe knew that Labour’s manifesto would be nationalisation-heavy but there were still late surprises. Openreach, BT’s broadband divis…

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