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In all the sound and fury of the coming election, it’s important not to forget the areas where the parties agree. This includes support for much greater “localism” and devolution of power from central government – and not just to Scotland.
Economic statistics are the bane of forecasters’ lives. Cynics might say that this is because the data reveal how bad their predictions are.
Yesterday’s release of the latest government report into gender diversity on the boards of the UK’s biggest companies brought some excellent news for those businesses, the broader economy and society.
John O’Connell, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, says Yes
BHS is one of Britain’s most recognisable retailers, but has experienced troubles in recent years, prompting Sir Philip Green to sell the company for £1 to Retail Acquisitions.
Everybody seems to agree on the need for full employment and price stability.
Infrastructure looms large in the life of every Londoner. Even though it’s probably not at the forefront of our minds as we check our emails and fill up the kettle each morning, we depend on quality, reliable infrastructure day in, day out.
The Ten Commandments were captured in fewer than 200 words. The American Declaration of Independence stretched to nearly 1,300. Magna Carta, meanwhile, ran to a tight 4,000.
Liz Bingham, managing partner for talent, UK & Ireland, at EY, says Yes
Thirty years after the first dot com website was registered, one of the most exciting developments in the internet revolution is the way technology platforms are enabling entrepreneurs of every type and size.
History is littered with human traits that were for centuries seen as the preserve of an elite but which ultimately became indispensable features of everybody’s lives. Literacy, once a privilege of priests and nobles, is now a basic skill.
You have to be careful with headlines. They are so often highly selective about the message they want to convey.
There is no single solution to London’s housing crisis. But a key element is the systematic regeneration of the huge tracts of land owned by the capital’s 32 local authorities, much of it occupied by council estates in desperate need of renewal.
Christian Schulz is senior economist at Berenberg, says Yes
This week, the City of London will host one of the UK’s major set-piece foreign affairs events.
There was a decisive shift in consumer behaviour last year, according to our latest Precious Plastic study. Published today, it charts Britons’ borrowing habits and their attitudes to debt.
Adam Memon, head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies, says Yes.
No New Zealander likes to be reminded of the infamous “underarm incident”. Cricketer Brian McKechnie, facing the final ball of a hard-fought series, needed six runs to clinch it for New Zealand.
Driverless cars have hit Britain’s roads.
Election campaigns are about finding and emphasising disagreements between the parties.
Danae Kyriakopoulou, an economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, says Yes
We should “choose the future” George Osborne insisted yesterday, in what may yet turn out to be his final Budget. But in truth, he spent much of his time focusing on the recent past. Employment has been buoyant and now stands at a record high.
George Osborne used the opportunity of the last Budget before the election to set out his manifesto.
The chancellor delivered an astute Budget yesterday.
Iain McCluskey, tax director at PwC, says Yes
The crisis in Greece is deepening. What a difference a few months can make. Last year the country was able to tap the capital markets borrowing for three and five years paying interest of under five per cent.
With 1.3bn users worldwide, you could be forgiven for thinking that Facebook was not in urgent need of an advertising campaign. However, for the first time in the UK, that is exactly what it has launched.
Today, the chancellor presents his last Budget before the General Election.
All eyes will be on George Osborne’s Budget today. An immense amount of media attention and serious commentary will be devoted to it. But do Budgets really matter?
WHENEVER we approach a General Election or Budget, the competition for the daftest tax policy idea is always intense. The current front-runner is probably the proposal to largely exempt houses from Inheritance Tax.
Charles Lewington, managing director of Hanover Communications, says Yes
When it comes to the furore over directors’ pay deals, it is often hard to determine whether a board has acted correctly or not in agreeing a remuneration package.
We know a lot about tomorrow’s Budget from George Osborne’s TV appearances over the weekend. He will announce “a Budget for the long term” that will “raise living standards”.
It's a well-known saying that “turkeys don’t vote for Christmas”.
This week, thousands will gather in Westminster for the Homes for Britain rally.
Timothy Ash, head of emerging market research (excluding Africa) at Standard Bank, says Yes
London has been the most successful global city in the last quarter century.
John Longworth, director-general at the British Chambers of Commerce, says Yes.
A flat earth. Beneath: a turtle ten thousand miles long.
There have been many explanations, including on these pages, for why Saudi Arabia has not cut production to shore up the price of oil.
Politicians usually make decisions knowing that they can’t please all of the people all of the time. The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association’s recent survey of over 4,500 peer-to-peer (P2P) lending customers comes close to disproving that.
As many of us look forward to the weekend, I’m here reflecting on the eighth National Apprenticeship Week and the hundreds of events that have taken place across the capital, recognising how apprenticeships have transformed the skills market in th
Jim Killock is executive director of Open Rights Group, says Yes
At last, a real sense of urgency is starting to define the debate surrounding the future of London.
The extended row over the proposed TV election debates has reached a deadlock. David Cameron has said he will take part in just one, but the broadcasters (supported by Tory opponents) are committed to running three. What will break this impasse?
Good news can sometimes feel like a rarity, but recent PwC data shows that the UK has improved its position in an international league table of female participation in the workplace, moving up four places to fourteenth in a ranking of the 27 OECD
Danae Kyriakopoulou is an economist at the CEBR, says Yes
When floods of bosses quit, you should normally be worried. Think of the financial crisis, or the heads that rolled in the wake of the Libor scandal. But this time it is different, and that is surely a good sign.
The General Election is almost upon us and polls show the public believes that if the Tories win, its business policies would be better than Labour’s for the economy.

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