Voters face a choice of cuts or more cuts

The next UK government will need to replace the rollercoaster with a smoother path

How Osborne found slack to cut the cuts

Treasury smoke and mirrors helped chancellor achieve debt target

The dark side of Britain’s jobs miracle

The gains for older workers come not because they are worth it but through the exercise of power

George Osborne
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Osborne can pay voters an unexpected bounty

Choices open up for UK chancellor as public borrowing, inflation and oil prices fall

Eurosceptic UK advice falls on deaf ears

On the subject of Greece, Britain could not be much further from being a player in the game

Mixed messages for Bank of England

In this world, wait and see is the right course for UK monetary policy

Book stronger on morals than policy

CofE work is heavy on parables, with little economic theory

Ed Balls, left, and Ed Miliband
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Analytical faults discredit Labour’s pitch

Error of party’s high command was one of hubris

Productivity will make or break next UK government

Britain is not alone in suffering a post-crisis slowdown, yet its decline is worse than elsewhere

Low inflation good news for UK finances

If trends persist, the public sector debt burden will ease

The truth about UK living standards

Real wages are significantly lower, and younger workers are suffering

Immigration row will hurt Tory legacy

Cameron is writing an unhappy ending for his story of economic success

High stakes to keep rates low

The case for the 0.5 per cent interest rate is weakening

The elusive truth about Britain’s deficit

The Tories and Labour present public finance policies that scale the heights of absurdity

Federalism eases path to a better realm

The arrangement should tempt local politicians with incentives to improve their patch

Pay pressure

Economists from across the political spectrum offer their ideas to jump-start wage growth

How a Yes would make enemies

Victory for independence campaign would leave winners with little to celebrate and much to worry about

Each of us has the ability to go it alone

Growth in self-employment boosts output and tax revenues – it should be embraced

British job market surges in the regions

The gains are nationwide, some of the more surprising are happening far from London

UK’s productivity problem is easily solved

Cyclical forces should drag up the performance of productivity


Chris Giles Chris Giles is the Economics Editor of the Financial Times. Before that he was a leader writer.

He reports on international and UK economics and writes a fortnightly column on the UK economy.

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