Daily Archives: November 10, 2009

There has been another flurry of speculation in Westminster over the risks to the UK’s AAA rating. Britain is only being spared from a downgrade because the sovereign credit rating agencies expect the Tories to be elected, at least according to Fraser Nelson and others. It’s an interesting argument — so interesting that I thought it was worth asking the credit ratings agencies directly. Here is my Q&A with Brian Coulton, Head of EMEA Sovereign Ratings at Fitch.

Q: Is the expectation of a Conservative victory at the general election a significant factor in calculating the UK’s sovereign credit rating?  Read more >>

Jim Pickard

Just watched John Major at the public administration committee. The former Tory prime minister hasn’t added much sparkle to his much-satirised monotone delivery.

But Tony Wright, committee chairman, seemed impressed by the open and almost radical nature of his suggestions. Read more >>