Politically important jobs day delayed

The UK is not yet at the arbitrary point where “average pay” is rising faster than “average prices”

Why we must care about dynamic modelling

The technique could make arguing for tax cuts and a smaller state a lot easier

©Luis Grañena

How (not) to argue

‘This is an exercise in Big Anecdote rather than big data, but it seems we rarely win an argument’

The future of the graduate

Richard Hoggart and the New Elizabethan Age

The academic shattered clichés about working class life and showed “mass” culture could have depth

If this is the case for Brexit, I worry

What is lacking is a sense of some of the other downsides, especially in the period immediately after exit

A lesson in fiddling the student numbers

The international cohort are temporary migrants and should be excluded from targets

England’s trouble with foreign students

Fall in numbers should raise concerns about the openness of the UK to the rest of the world

The real cause for unionist concern

Arguments about monetary union were not supposed to come out in the political wash

An ode to Sam

Former comment editor looks back over conversations with the FT economics commentator Samuel Brittan

Why claims about real wages are inflated

The chart that divides London

The power of the pension reforms

In consumer politics, the best offer is more of your money, now

No high-speed line to oasis of prosperity

HS2 promises to bring business and jobs wherever it goes. It might also take them away

Buried in the Budget: ‘higher’ debt

The chancellor will meet his promise on debt despite nothing having changed in the real world

The Budget in 75 words

Social care and Budget pension changes

Paying for elderly care is one of biggest and fudged issues in public policy

A Budget for saving … the Conservatives

Pension change is that rare thing, an ideological policy – and could have far-reaching consequences

The five charts you need to win the Budget

Your bluffer’s guide

A Budget for saving … the Conservative voter

Pension change is that rare thing, an ideological policy – and could have far-reaching consequences


John McDermott has been with the FT since 2010. He was formerly the executive comment editor in London and before that a writer for FT Alphaville in New York. Prior to joining the FT, he was a policy adviser in the Downing Street Policy Unit.

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