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In a bid to untangle the necks of the two “black swans” at the heart of the current crises – and see which is most to blame – The Sunday Times asked economists at an independent think tank: Covid or Brexit? thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-…
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EXCLUSIVE Prince William thinks Prince Andrew’s public image is a "threat" to the royal family and he should never return to public life. My @thesundaytimes @TheSTMagazine big read on what the royals and palace insiders think about the Andrew problem👇�thetimes.co.uk/article/prince…G7
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The Uffington White Horse is by far the oldest chalk figure in the UK, quite possibly even in the world. It is regularly maintained by a team of volunteers and affords wonderful views across the Vale of the White Horse. #uffingtonwhitehorse #BerkshireDowns #NationalTrust
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This is devastating news. James was one of the kindest, most decent politicians I’ve ever met. 53 is far too young. My heart goes out to his lovely family. RIP James. twitter.com/jbrokenshire/s…
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The @MakeUKCampaigns called for a similar industry taskforce to be set up over a year ago, Govt behind the curve again twitter.com/LOS_Fisher/sta…
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Let's hope Sir Dave Lewis doesn't turn up to work drunk on cheap labour twitter.com/LOS_Fisher/sta…
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Devastated to hear the heartbreaking news that James Brokenshire has died, well before his time. He was a hard working and dedicated MP but, more than that, he was a thoroughly decent and lovely man, and devoted to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them all today.
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Well, yes. That's how bank runs work too. A collapse in confidence (in the authorities, in future supplies) leads to panic disrupting a system that rests on everyone not rushing at once. A very old concept. twitter.com/theipaper/stat…
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James Brokenshire was a man of public service and the highest integrity. He was a valued friend and colleague and will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with his family on this incredibly sad day.
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James Brokenshire was a thoroughly decent man, dedicated and effective in all briefs he held. He fought his illness with dignity and bravery. I’m incredibly sad to learn of his death and send my condolences to his wife and children.
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Panic among Tories as ministries report supplies of excuses running low: ft.com/content/ddecf1…
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My cartoon Friday @thetimes. Following his knockabout laugh-a-minute conference speech, the deeply unserious #BorisJohnson looks forward to #COP26
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UK consumer morale slides to lowest level since February as confidence in economy drops, according to Bank of America survey just out
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Is the Prime Minister right that higher wages can help kick start a higher productivity economy in the UK?
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I'm delighted to be appointed Whitehall editor at the Sunday Times I'll continue covering politics and doing long-term investigations I'm so lucky to have worked under @ShippersUnbound, a mentor and one of the great political editors, and know @cazjwheeler will be extraordinary twitter.com/cazjwheeler/st…
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🎉 Personal news: I’m thrilled to have been appointed political editor at the Sunday Times I’m grateful to@ShippersUnboundd for all his support + congratulate him on his new role as chief political commentator I’m delighted@Gabriel_Pogrundd has been promoted to Whitehall editor
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Terrific piece by @dsmitheconomics calling put Johnson's absurd attempt to fool the electorate with an idiotic piece of post rationalisation. Even the cat laughed. twitter.com/chrisgreybrexi…
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@dsmitheconomics⁩ a must read from David on the fact that higher wages without productivity growth with lead to inflation thetimes.co.uk/article/david-…
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@michaeljcaustin @dsmitheconomics @dsmitheconomics articles. How deep can a purple patch get? And how long can it last?
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Outrageous presentation of hard facts & truth in face of nonsense story telling, blame & mythology ⁦@dsmitheconomics⁩ is right on target productivity is the key; innovation, skills & investment - productivity is a team sport;Government WITH Business thetimes.co.uk/article/david-…
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David Smith ⁦@dsmitheconomics⁩ is on good form today pointing out the fallacies behind the approach of the #Boris gov’t to wages and productivity. Without higher productivity, wage increases will simply lead to higher inflation. thetimes.co.uk/article/david-…
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David is always good. Solving the productivity puzzle will not be quick or easy. @Juergen_Maier thought he had the answer with @MadeSmarterUK but that is limping along with little government support - maybe rightly so. But digital and manufacturing together could be the key. twitter.com/dsmitheconomic…
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Brilliantly explained by @dsmitheconomics. I am running out of superlatives for his articles. The economically illiterate current Cabinet and govt. should be reading this. Ministers spouting nonsense isn’t a substitute for strategy. twitter.com/dsmitheconomic…
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@LBC @IainDale This is what’s really happening. The speech was a massive deflection from the fact Brexit worsens shortages, tax rises and the squeeze on wages. A productivity disaster. twitter.com/chrisgreybrexi…
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The best article I’ve read on the real wage problem - and Brexit as the true source of stagnation. twitter.com/chrisgreybrexi…
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@jkaonline @dsmitheconomics @thetimes What a concise and penetrating assessment! Boosterism will never triumph over economic certainties.
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The government is straining every sinew to deflect the blame away from one B-word, Brexit, by blaming another B-word, business. The idea that these shortages were part of a masterplan is laughable. Excellent article by @dsmitheconomics #CPC21 thetimes.co.uk/article/f36207…
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FYI, the increase in the national minimum wage to £9.42 that Johnson is expected to announce today at the #CPC21 isn't really 'news'. It's based on advice from the Low Pay Commission, which published these numbers in April... source: gov.uk/government/pub…
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We get a mention in this interesting piece by @dsmitheconomics in @thetimes today. you can read the analysis he's quoting on the 'lump of labour' fallacy here: migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/resources/brie… thetimes.co.uk/article/david-…
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Never mind the dog whistle, higher wages require higher productivity ⁦@dsmitheconomics⁩ ⁦@thetimesthetimes.co.uk/article/david-…
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"The government is straining every sinew to deflect the blame for some of the present problems away from one B-word, Brexit, by blaming another B-word, business" - @dsmitheconomics on top form in today's @TimesBusiness thetimes.co.uk/article/david-…
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'Many firms believe this is an anti- business Govt' spot on from @dsmitheconomics twitter.com/dsmitheconomic…
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Withering analysis. This PM is in cloud cuckoo land twitter.com/dsmitheconomic…
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@dsmitheconomics David talks a lot of sense here. Not too different from what I said yesterday but his piece would have been written well before mine was published. Good that economists from different perspectives can agree. reaction.life/author/douglas…
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Terrific piece by @dsmitheconomics on the laughable nonsense of Johnson's "drunk on cheap labour" attacks on business: employment and investment are linked and what has sunk British productivity since 2016 is Brexit. thetimes.co.uk/article/f36207…
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Excellent piece by @dsmitheconomics pushing back on the snake oil being peddled by Johnson/government: that cutting migration will somehow create a high wage/high skill/high productivity economy, against both economic evidence and theory. thetimes.co.uk/article/david-…
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