On Brexit, I’m out of time and out…

On my 63rd birthday I’m not ready to ease up – no matter how hard it is to be positive about politicsMondayI know it’s unfashionable, but I rather miss Chris Grayling. Not just because he…

Britain is less polarised than the media would…

In Milton Keynes I found few signs of the Brexit culture war that supposedly defines our timesLast week I spent four days in Milton Keynes, the Buckinghamshire new town that sits in the English imagination…

Stock markets rally as US and China agree…

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsUS and China to restart trade talksMeeting expected in early OctoberChinese stocks jump 1% 8.13am BST The changes of a US-China trade deal anytime soon are thin,…

Sterling slides on reports of parliament to be…

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsLatest: Sterling hit by rumours of proroguing parliamentEarlier:Recession fears mount as US yield curve invertsInvestors: it’s a flashing red lightBrexit dashboard: UK economy falters 9.22am BST The…

HS2 costs and benefits: a search for clear…

Joan Walley, former chair of the environmental audit select committee, and others react to a government review of the high-speed rail projectPhilip Inman asserts that “HS2 has been 15 years in the making and is…

Trade war tensions send China’s yuan to 11-year…

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news 8.19am BST Swiss bank UBS is so concerned about the trade war that it is recommending that its clients sell shares.UBS has cut its recommendation on…