Now the election has passed I figured it was worth starting up a new thread to discuss the UK economy. Three pieces of news today: 1. The UK economy is now growing more slowly than the Eurozone as a whole at 0.3% compared to 0.4% in the last quarter. 2. The Bank of England has cut it's growth forecast from 2.9% to 2.6% 3. The US Senate has acted to block easy passage for the TTIP. The forecast just looks hopelessly optimistic given the first point. In any case, I expect a sharp downturn in the UK economy if Osborne sticks to anything like his pre-election economic plans and I expect he'll want to get the pain in early so I think the first budget will really hurt the economy. The 3rd point may or may not be good for the economy in the long term but is clearly excellent political news. In the shorter term I think it might hit investment or share prices slightly but probably not to any great degree.