Paul Mason

Economics Editor
Paul Mason is Economics Editor at Channel 4 News.
Paul Mason is Economics Editor at Channel 4 News.

Paul Mason spent the first ten years of his working life as a professional musicologist. Then he switched to journalism, starting in local free-sheets before moving to Reed Business Information, in Surrey. As deputy editor of Computer Weekly he was part of a team that uncovered a series of IT disasters and controversies, including the role of software in the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre. He became BBC Newsnight's business correspondent in 2001, making his first live appearance on 9/11, and economics editor in 2008.

He has been twice shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, won the Wincott Award for Business Journalism in 2003, the Diageo African Business Reporting Award in 2007, and was named the Royal Television Society's specialist reporter of the year in 2012 for his coverage of the economic crisis and social unrest in southern Europe.

His books include Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere - an account of the occupy movement and the Arab Spring, and the novel, Rare Earth, set in China. Paul covers culture, our digital life and the social and political controversies they generate.


post 20 October 2014
Germany irks neighbours, choosing balanced books over growth

In this German town of deserted factories, there is an important lesson in why the government wants balanced books more than growth.

post 16 October 2014
Why the markets are frightened

Germany's economy is spluttering, deflation is growing and the UK's FTSE is going nowhere - did the post-Lehman crisis ever go away?

post 08 October 2014
Will Northern Soul the movie spark a cultural revival?

We, the mainly white descendants of the early cotton factory workforce, were playing the music of people descended from the slaves who had picked the cotton 150 years before.

post 07 October 2014
Is Europe's economic house of cards about to collapse?

Germany suffers its sharpest drop in industrial production since 2009 - boosting fears that the EU's economic powerhouse could head for recession and trigger a crisis across Europe.

post 23 September 2014
Taxing wealth is the way things are going in the 21st century

Taxation in the next 50 years could move from income and towards wealth - and that means Labour's mansion tax proposals could look like pinpricks to our grandchildren.

post 19 September 2014
The two camps of Yes Scotland: nationalists and radicals

Alex Salmond's dramatic move - after a night of drama in Scotland and a day of confusion in Westminster - adds another variable to the outcome of the constitutional crisis.

post 19 September 2014
Ten conclusions from the #indyref

There's enough results in to say a victory for no looks highly likely, so here are some initial thoughts...

post 17 September 2014
Yes or no, this social movement is unlikely to go away

If it's rough, and profane, it's because that's what street politics are like when ideologies collide. That's what it was like when class defined British politics.

post 16 September 2014
Celebrating Britishness: politics without the politicians

Maybe you can't have a strident British nationalism. Maybe that's the subtextual mistake all those lectern-banging politicians have been making.

post 13 September 2014
Deutsche's 'Wall Street Crash' prediction goes über alles the airwaves

Deutsche Bank's warning over an independent Scotland's finances is all over the headlines. How seriously should we take it?

post 12 September 2014
Scottish #Indyref and the 'Renton test'

The Renton test is simple: can your argument sway someone like the junkie Mark Renton in Trainspotting? His tirade to the deserted hillside is now etched into Scottish folk memory.

post 11 September 2014
How we can measure the seven big #indyref risks

There are a panoply of risks associated to Scottish Independence. The transition risks might be survivable, but goodwill is required from London and Edinburgh if it is going to work.

post 10 September 2014
The grassroots groups driving the yes campaign's success

If the yes camp wins next Thursday it will be, in large part, because in addition to the SNP, this "non-party" broad coalition has inspired people.

post 10 September 2014
#Indyref: five questions for Cameron, Miliband and Clegg

I don't know whether I will bump in to the Westminster party leaders in Scotland today -- but this is what I would ask if I did.

post 09 September 2014
Why Brown's 'new powers for Scotland' are a dice roll

Gordon Brown's "new powers for Scotland" may not be the last throw of the dice for the no campaign - but the proposal is undoubtedly a gambit.

post 04 September 2014
ECB acts to prevent deflation, but is stagnation now a risk?

As the Eurozone project goes on failing, it is dragging the institutions and economies of Europe into a zone of disrepute that will drive anti-EU sentiment here.

post 01 September 2014
Ukraine: how can the west force Russia to back down?

The UK is said to be pressing for the closure of the SWIFT bank-clearance service, which would be a big move.

post 28 August 2014
Could an independent heart outweigh a sceptical economic mind?

Of the big macro issues - banking, debt, oil and the pound - the most critical is banking. But a desire to reject free markets, privatisation and high inequality will also play its part.

post 07 August 2014
Why Gaza will prove to be a game-changing event

I don't have any answers, but anybody who thinks there can be anything "permanent" in the disorder thus created is crazy.