Strand: Battle for the Economy
The discussion about the UK's post-Brexit economy remains as heated as ever, with discussions of trade policy now centre stage. But is it time to take a step back and consider the future of world trade more generally? With President Trump's imposition of tariffs on Chinese and European goods, are we facing global trade war? Brexit has also highlighted the continuing weakness of the UK economy. What do we do about Britain's historically low productivity growth? Can the rise of new technologies in financial services - 'fintech' - provide part of the answer? Meanwhile, big business seems to keep on getting bigger. Do we need to worry about the concentration of wealth - and power - enjoyed by the biggest companies? Or perhaps new technology won't save capitalism but provide the basis for its replacement. Is capitalism itself running out of time?