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An eyesore and a vanity project, un-English and out of keeping with the times... that was, once, the contrarian view of St Paul’s.
With the polls still tight, the battle between the two main political parties over who has the strongest policy on controlling immigration is reaching its peak.
As the election nears, policy promises are coming thick and fast: “the NHS, schools, the economy and jobs will be safe in our hands and ruined in theirs” – or words to that effect.
The question of whether China will experience a hard or soft slowdown from the towering growth figures it has become accustomed to crashed back into the news this week.
George Efstathopoulos, co-portfolio manager at Fidelity Solutions, says Yes
Learners of Japanese soon run into the phrase “shou ga nai”. Roughly translated as “it can’t be helped”, it neatly sums up a fatalistic philosophy in tune with a nation beset by earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes and typhoons.
Business is changing. The predominance of companies for which profit is everything – and everything else is nothing – is waning, and a new wave of entrepreneurs and socially-minded individuals is on the rise.
A common theme in all the party manifestos this week has been a commitment to EU reform – aside from Ukip, which would like Britain to leave immediately.
Steve Kuncewicz, a media lawyer at Bermans, says Yes
An injection of capitalism was all it took. Not long ago, British banks were unpopular and unresponsive, and now they are listening to their customers. How times are changing.
Are there now real signs of recovery for Tesco? Its battle ­– not just against its traditional big four rivals but the German discounters too – has a long way to run, but the YouGov BrandIndex points towards areas in which it is succeeding.
The centrepiece of the Conservative Party manifesto, unveiled yesterday, was a significant expansion of the right-to-buy scheme.
Ed Miliband's proposal to tax non-doms more harshly may be good, populist politics. But does it make economic sense? At most, the yield will be around £1bn, even if people do not alter their behaviour in response to the change in policy.
For the last six months, reports of “travel chaos” have dominated London’s headlines, illustrating the misery besetting commuters in the capital.
Ashraf Laidi is chief global strategist at City Index, says Yes
Hillary Clinton announced on Sunday her intention to run to become the first female President in US history.
There are still 23 days to go, and the signs are bleak. Astonishingly, the rest of this election campaign could be even more trivial, insubstantial and tedious than we have witnessed to date.
We are in the run-up to the most unpredictable election of the modern age, having also experienced a seismic shift in the economic and technological environment.
Alessandro Theiss is an economist at Oxford Economics, says Yes
  As we enter the final days of the election, we have decided to ask a select group of business leaders what would make them vote for one of the parties.  
During my years in the trenches in Washington, my staff christened one of my favourite analytical canaries in the coalmine the “we are where we are moment”.
Faced with stubbornly unchanging polls and less than a month before the General Election, what can a party leader do to prevent the nation drawing the duvet over its collective head on 7 May?
As the Easter weekend fades into distant memory, my programme of visits to the City’s key trading partners kicks back into action.
Nick Peters, co-portfolio manager of Fidelity Multi Asset Income fund, says Yes.
Churchill, as ever, said it best: “For a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
Anthropologists argue that, to explain a situation, you have to examine its “silences”. The General Election is no different.
For the best part of 30 years, London’s renaissance has seemed unstoppable. The 1980s “big bang” created a tidal wave of regeneration which swept over the city, reinvigorating areas of decline and nurturing a globally competitive super region.
Imagine the following scenario. An employer has given a wearable device to one of their most high-performing staff members. Among other functions, the wearable monitors the employee’s heart rate and blood pressure over a period of six months.
Dr Andrew Futter, senior lecturer in international politics at the University of Leicester, says Yes
For A topic that attracts so much attention, there’s a surprising dearth of academic research into the rise of women to the boardroom, and particularly the conditions that enable (or inhibit) women’s progression globally.
"You can easily spend 75 per cent, or 85 per cent, of your time in the UK... but be a non-dom.
London could lead a revolution in car use and car ownership over the next decade, by divorcing the two.
Iain Armstrong is an equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin, says Yes
Mercedes swept all before it in last year’s Formula One championship, and this year, they seem to be the cars to beat –­ barring a strong showing by Ferrari.
Of all the possible outcomes of the General Election, one scenario in particular has concerned segments of the business and investor communities.
The Mutuals’ Deferred Shares Bill received Royal Assent last month. The Act will give mutual businesses a new option to raise tier one capital in the form of deferred shares.
The financial crisis did succeed in creating at least one dynamic new industry. Since the late 2000s, there has been a massive upsurge in op-ed pieces, books and even artistic performances offering a critique of capitalism.
Chris Rumfitt, founder and chief executive of Corporate Reputation Consulting, says Yes
At first glance, Springboard’s footfall figures for the Bank Holiday weekend seem frightening enough to scare away the Easter bunny – especially on the high street where footfall declined as much as 10 per cent on Good Friday.
Foreign policy analysis in any country tends to be the preserve of a tiny elite: a small number of people practise it, and generally a miniscule section of society follows it.  
In the aftermath of the Cold War, we were told that capitalism had won.
The political scientist Robert Putnam famously found that Americans “hunker down” in the face of social diversity, doing less in the community and trusting people less – even their own compatriots.
Carlton Hood, customer director at Old Mutual Wealth, says Yes.
If Douglas Flint had a tenner for every time he had been asked about the future location of HSBC’s headquarters, he’d have almost enough to pay its contribution to the bank levy by himself.
Uncertainty about global and domestic politics is greater today than it has been for some years.
The UK suffers from an acute housing shortage, and this has led to prices outpacing incomes in nearly every year since the early 1990s.
Nigel Crisp knows the NHS better than almost anyone.
Ben Page is chief executive of Ipsos MORI, says Yes
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”.
AND WE’re off. After the phony war, the election campaign started in earnest this week, and there are clear battles lines drawn between Labour and the Conservatives when it comes to the economy.

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