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Another day, and another fine for Barclays. The FCA’s £38m fine on the bank for failing to protect its clients from the risk of loss will not substantially weaken Barclays financially.

CRISPS are not a product known for their constant innovation. In fact, recent YouGov polling shows there is genuine resistance to the introduction of new flavours, with around three in 10 believing there are enough flavours already.

To paraphrase the economist John Maynard Keynes, Ed Miliband’s speech yesterday to the Labour Party conference was an extraordinary example of how, starting with a mistake, a remorseless logician can end in Bedlam.

FEARS of deflation are rising across Europe, as inflation keeps edging down to lower and lower rates.

COLIN, Gareth, Elizabeth, the two young women in the local park… it sounds like the beginning of that song by The Beautiful South, which is apt, given the track was called Song for Whoever.

Scott Corfe, senior economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, says Yes.

One of the great myths of the current parliament is that it has been dominated by austerity.

SEVEN years ago I worked for a charity in Covent Garden. It was a fairly standard office, with us low-level employees popping out every lunchtime to escape the tedium and top up on sustenance.

ANYONE who campaigned in the Scottish referendum felt the strength of anger directed towards Westminster. And it’s not confined to Scotland. The same anger is felt in London, Manchester and across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Labour’s party conference will see Ed Miliband try to shift public focus away from the Scottish referendum fallout and back towards the choice at next year’s general election.

EVEN before the announcement of accounting irregularities yesterday, Tesco was a company beset by problems.

Robin Simcox, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, says Yes.

Jon Moulton’s unprovoked attack in his column directed against me personally is nothing more than a cheap shot. 
 

If necessity is the mother of invention, politicians of all stripes will have to be spectacularly inventive in dealing with the fallout from the Scottish referendum result.

We are very pleased that our final Scottish referendum poll, along with one by Survation, was the most accurate of the final prediction polls: with a projected 47 per cent Yes vote, against a final outcome of 45 per cent, we were only two percenta

As the second Scottish lord mayor of London in as many years, the referendum debate has had particular poignancy for me.

Bill O’Neill is head of the UK investment office at UBS Wealth Management, says Yes.

WE ARE very pleased that our final Scottish referendum poll, along with one by Survation, was the most accurate of the final prediction polls: with a projected 47 per cent Yes vote, against a final outcome of 45 per cent, we were only two percenta

WHILE London Technology Week may not yet rival London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference to London this October.

WHEN the UK government ruled out devo-max on the Scottish referendum ballot, few decried it as the strategic mistake it later turned out to be.

THE IPO of China’s largest e-commerce platform Alibaba has drawn frenzied interest from investors worldwide, with the company expected to raise at least $21bn on the New York Stock Exchange.

Carl Miller, research director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, says Yes.

There have surely been better political campaigns than the Better Together one that has been arguing the case for Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom, 307 years since the 1707 Act of Union.

I ONLY lost it once on 9/11. It was some time after the third plane hit the Pentagon that early September morning.

As the history of the 2014 independence referendum is written, it may come to be seen as a turning point for financial services in Scotland.

In denying the Scots the option of devo-max on the ballot paper today, David Cameron made arguably the most monumental mistake of any recent premiership. And whatever the result of the referendum, that mistake cannot be undone.

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At London Fashion Week, the merging of fashion and tech has been more palpable than ever before and, with top fashion designers now embracing the trend, wearable technology looks set to finally achieve mainstream success.
 

David Cameron probably feels a bit like Noah at the moment, preparing for a great flood to come barrelling towards his ark, hoping the seals hold and praying there aren’t any leaks.

With the hype over the ice bucket challenge seemingly cooling, we can analyse how successful the campaign has been in raising awareness of one of the charities concerned.

Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, says Yes.

Quite possibly.

The case for rates to stay low for longer is being aided by several factors.

WITH the polls in chaos, and the likely result far from certain, it’s understandable that rival groups of influential Scots continue to argue the business case for and against independence.

AFTER months of Trappist silence, a plethora of large companies has pronounced on the adverse consequences for Scotland of a Yes vote tomorrow. The sectors span the economy – from oil to banks, from supermarkets to phone companies.

WHY DO we invest public funds in arts and culture? Undoubtedly because they are part of our national conversation, and enhance our quality of life.

THE CONTROVERSY over the monetary and currency arrangements of an independent Scotland has dominated the referendum campaign, after Alex Salmond’s initial desire for a formal currency union with the rest of the UK was ruled out by all the other ma

WITH low productivity, high inflation and terrible industrial relations, in 1977, Britain was a basket case. So that year, businessman John Hoskyns decided to dedicate substantial effort to analysing the UK’s economic problems.

You could be forgiven for thinking that London’s trams might be an unlikely place to find cutting edge technology.

Ewen Stewart, a director of Walbrook Economics and author of Much Cost, Little Benefit for the Scottish Research Society, says Yes.

The way we handle uncertainty determines our future. Many of mankind’s self-created problems, from financial crises to environmental devastation, arise from poor analysis of future risks and rewards.

This week will see the most crucial poll in the United Kingdom for centuries – a poll on whether the UK will stay as it is or Scotland will choose to leave the Union.