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About David
David Smith has been Washington correspondent of The Guardian since October 2015, reporting on the presidential election campaigns of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other candidates. He has travelled to the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and reports from the White House and State Department in Washington.

He was previously Africa correspondent, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he wrote about the 2010 football World Cup, death of Nelson Mandela and murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. He travelled to countries including the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

David studied at the University of Leeds and edited its student newspaper before joining the Daily Express as a graduate trainee in 1997. He moved to The Observer in 2003 and reported from countries including Afghanistan and Iraq.

David appears as a commentator on NPR, the BBC, CNN, Sky News and other media and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. In 2014 he was runner-up in the UK's Frontline Club Awards and shortlisted for the Society of Editors foreign reporter of the year, and has been longlisted twice for the One World Media Awards and twice for the Orwell Prize for political writing.
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Bank of England's Struggle with Inflation and Credibility

13 Apr 2024  |  edition.pagesuite.com
The Bank of England is facing criticism for its inability to control inflation, which has led to societal and economic consequences, including a mortgage crisis and strikes. Despite the Federal Reserve pausing rate hikes, the Bank is pressured to continue raising interest rates amidst high wage growth and a tight labor market. Governor Andrew Bailey has acknowledged the Bank's forecasting failures and an external review is underway. The Bank's credibility is at stake, with discussions about returning interest rate control to politicians and implementing price controls.

Will the UK economy recover in 2024 or is No 10 in dreamland?

06 Jan 2024  |  thetimes.co.uk
A speculative vision for the UK economy in 2024 includes a sharp fall in inflation to 2 percent, leading to increased real incomes, strong consumer spending growth, and the Bank of England reconsidering its inflation target expectations.

Newport, we have a problem: how much can we trust ONS figures?

17 Oct 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released limited labor market data this week, including information on pay, which is outstripping inflation but showing signs of deceleration, and job vacancies, which have fallen below one million, decreasing by over 250,000 in the past year. However, the release lacked comprehensive employment data, which is traditionally the focal point of these releases.

Labour’s age-old question: how to pay for it all?

14 Oct 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves of the Labour Party have been performing well in polls and won the economic debate during the party conference season, while the Conservative Party, with Rishi Sunak cancelling the northern leg of HS2 and Jeremy Hunt's critique of Reeves' speech, faced challenges.

Delaying energy efficiency was a win for bad landlords

27 Sep 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
Rishi Sunak's recent reversal on the UK's net-zero strategy included scrapping proposals to require private residential landlords to upgrade their properties to an energy performance certificate rating of C. Although the plans were still under consultation, some landlords had preemptively taken steps to comply, leading to frustration and sarcastic remarks from tenants on social media. The article suggests that proactive landlords should be supported, while the policy U-turn benefits those who delay making improvements.

Tax reform makes sense whoever is in No 11, but don’t hold your breath

29 Aug 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
The next UK general election is anticipated to be more than a year away, with political parties already establishing their stances. Jeremy Hunt, facing pressure from his party, had to defend against early calls for tax cuts following recent public finance figures. Meanwhile, Labour's Rachel Reeves stated her party would not introduce a wealth tax, believing prosperity does not stem from taxation. Both Hunt and Reeves, who reportedly share mutual respect, are pressured to take actions they deem unwise.

Retail losers feel like more than just the usual casualties of capitalism

22 Aug 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
Wilko, a homeware store chain, is facing the risk of vanishing from UK high streets, with ongoing sale negotiations that may result in a partial or complete rescue. The potential closure threatens the jobs of 12,500 workers and impacts suppliers, while also contributing to a broader sense of loss among consumers who recall past retail failures like Woolworths and have personal connections to brands such as Laura Ashley.

Interest rates are rising but the real question is how soon they’ll be cut

09 May 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
The Bank of England is expected to raise the UK interest rate from 4.25 to 4.5 percent, following recent increases by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. This move deviates from the previously anticipated cap of 4 percent due to unfavorable inflation data and economic activity. City economists are divided on whether this will be the final increase or if additional hikes are forthcoming.

The battle won’t be over until food inflation slumps

01 Apr 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
Food inflation in the UK has risen by 18.3% in February compared to the previous year, a rate that equals the cumulative increase over the prior 11 years and 4 months, highlighting the exceptional scale of current food price inflation.

CNN interview about WikiLeaks' impact on the 2016 US presidential election.

Interview on MSNBC about Britain's referendum vote to leave the European Union. Washington, DC, Friday 24 June 2016.







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