Irwin Stelzer

Do not resuscitate

The euro is almost certainly dead. Brussels would be wise to accept that. It won’t

Picking losers

By bashing bankers and building trains, the government is trying to remould the economy. It will never work


Requiem for a heavyweight

Gordon Brown saw it as his duty to reconcile equity and efficiency in pursuit of a fairer Britain, says Irwin Stelzer. Attempting to achieve that goal is what brought him down


Irwin Stelzer opens his diary

Who would lend to a bankrupt Britain?

Alistair Darling’s budget forecasts assume that Britain can keep borrowing all it wants for the foreseeable future.We may not be so lucky, says Irwin Stelzer

Tips for the new US ambassador

Obama’s man in London needs to stop bashing Bush, immerse himself in domestic political discourse, and get out and meet some true Brits, says Irwin Stelzer

No more consensus: this time there is a choice

The next election will present voters with two distinct futures, says Irwin Stelzer: Labour’s rising taxes and love of the EU, or the Tories’ spending cuts and plans for the ‘broken society’

This is how you should use your reprieve, Gordon

Irwin Stelzer says the PM should seize the opportunity presented by this stay of execution: plot a path to fiscal sanity, cut red tape and restore Britain’s stature on the world stage

Obama’s plan to turn America European

Irwin Stelzer says that Obama’s budget shows that he wants to turn the United States into a European-style social democracy

Sarkozy’s dream of taming America is doomed

The American model of lightly regulated capitalism may be in disrepute, says Irwin Stelzer. But the French President’s ambition is deluded

The Tory quest for a fiscal Holy Grail is doomed

Brown’s golden rules have been exposed as a sham, says Irwin Stelzer, but the Tory response has been feeble. Their target should be the PM’s feathering of Old Labour nests

Brown must stop sounding like a sore winner

The Prime Minister has triumphed for now with his grand rescue plan, says Irwin Stelzer. But that is no reason to blame the crisis on America. It may be a reason for an early election


Irwin Stelzer reviews the week in politics


Irwin Stelzer reviews the week in politics 

Obama and McCain offer a choice, not an echo

This presidential race will be the first real Right v. Left contest in a long time, says Irwin Stelzer. On free trade, healthcare, tax and pariah regimes, the two men are worlds apart


Balls wants a 100 per cent tax on inherited brains

Irwin Stelzer admires the Schools Secretary, and so regrets that his admissions policy prevents schools from taking account of a pupil’s prospects of success. Bad news all round

Go nuclear, but keep your hand on your wallet

The government claims that the private sector will meet the costs of new nuclear plants, says Irwin Stelzer. But there is every risk that the public will end up footing the bill

The economic consequences of Mr Brown

For all his claims to have singlehandedly engineered British growth, Gordon Brown is the architect of policies that undermine his desire for a better society, writes Irwin Stelzer

Guess what? Gordon has done something right

He is spot on about anti-competitive practice in business


Brown has outsourced British foreign policy

The special relationship is between Washington and Brussels


Listen to Adam Smith: inheritance tax is good

Inheritance tax is one levy that makes good economic sense

Brown and his critics must admit their errors

The PM should learn from his mistakes

No more Mr Nice Guy

David Cameron must decide on his policies