Opinion

Dreaming spires and cloistered courtyards: the image of Oxbridge has for centuries defined excellence in Britain’s global higher education offering.

Criticism of Nigeria as a place to do business is widespread but misplaced. The scaremongers say that the country is unstable, with a crumbling economy and threats from terrorist groups.

A LANDMARK proposal has seen the Danish government consider ending the obligation of retailers to accept cash, a global first, with the implication that paper notes and coins could soon lose their grip on their status as legal tender.

Like electing a boss of Fifa whose surname isn’t Blatter or extracting an apology from Thomas Cook, reforming executive pay in the UK is a tortuous process.
 
We were told we’d never see such a sight again. Majorities were a thing of the past, they said, and coalition politics was here to stay.
We live in a truly exciting age. In the first half of the twenty-first century, the world economy could triple in size. By 2050, two-thirds of the top 30 economies are likely to be those classified as emerging today.
Britain's FinTech sector is a particularly bright spot in the UK’s recovering economy. Investment in London FinTech grew by 136 per cent last year, with the capital receiving 42 per cent of all European FinTech investment in 2014.

John Williams, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Leicester, says Yes

The Queen's Speech today will outline how the new Conservative government will put the contents of its pre-election manifesto into practice. It will contain many measures, including an EU referendum bill that will attract a lot of attention.

Perhaps the most enjoyable outcome of the General Election is the abuse now being heaped on the metropolitan liberal elite from many quarters.

If the UK leaves the EU, the impact will be felt far beyond its borders. Indeed, one country that will be particularly affected is Ireland.

Milorad Ajder is managing director of the Ipsos Mori Reputation Centre, says Yes

No Mr President, losing Ramadi is not a “tactical setback” – it is a catastrophe. Having also got by on my wits in graduate school, I always had a sense that I understood the elusive failings of Barack Obama far too well.

There is no shortage of commentators who blame Margaret Thatcher’s supposed deregulation of the City for the crash of 2008. But surely it is unreasonable to blame her for events that happened nearly 30 years after 1979.

Headlines were generated worldwide on last week’s announcement of $5.7bn (£3.7bn) of criminal and regulatory fines against major banks, in the wake of the globa
The news that card and electronic transactions have overtaken cash as the UK’s preferred method of payment is a watershed moment for the nation’s businesses. 
 
Nigel Farage was one of the founding members and leader of Ukip in 2006, but it wasn’t until he returned as leader in 2010 that he began to inject a modicum of acceptability into the party. 
 
News lives in the now. Sprinting from drama to drama, we rarely have the leisure to turn and look back. But sometimes a clear picture only comes into focus with the help of hindsight.
 
The retail industry is in a state of flux. Consumers and technology are driving fundamental changes. And now, the line between in-store and online is increasingly blurred.  
 

The government yesterday unveiled its latest plan to crack down on illegal immigration, by making it significantly less attractive for people to remain in the UK, working illegally.

Dennis Jones, chief executive of Judo Payments, says Yes

Sajid Javid’s new enterprise bill, announced this week in Bristol, is certainly well intentioned, but it's unlikely to have a significant impact on late payment. 
 

Of all the functions performed by the EU, competition policy is arguably the most important – and where it could stand to do the most good. Unfortunately, many of the Commission’s attempts at trust-busting have been misguided.

As UK inflation turned negative in April, some took the news as yet more evidence that the spectre of deflation haunts the world economy.

As filming for The Apprentice 2015 gets underway in the City, we’ll soon be introduced to the latest hopefuls, all keen to be Lord Sugar’s business partner, and bag the £250,000 investment for their business idea.

Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg, says Yes

When the fashion retailer Burberry unveils its full-year results today, it will be unsurprising if its chief executive and chief creative officer Chris Bailey keeps a low media profile, leaving
As MPs arrive in Westminster to take their seats in the House of Commons this week, one of the bigger decisions they will face – and one which I believe must be taken urgently – is the decision to build a new London runway.
 
Could Labour disappear? The party has been a prominent feature of British politics for a century, but could we now see it just vanish? 
 

The professions are not well-known for the flexibility of their working environments.

Marina Prentoulis, senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a member of Syriza London, says Yes

Today, it was announced that the UK is in a period of deflation. It will almost certainly be a brief period.
 
The new government’s policy on public services was launched yesterday by the Prime Minister, with an uncompromising statement of NHS reform. He pledged more competition, including in the private sector.

I once asked one of Margaret Thatcher’s senior advisers whether her governments had been “too obsessed with economics”. “Economics,” he replied, “is not the most important thing in life, or in public policy.

The election of a Conservative government has led to a big change in personnel at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) – one of the few Liberal Democrat run departments in the previous Parliament.

Simon Mabon is a lecturer in international relations at Lancaster University and a research associate at The Foreign Policy Centre, says Yes

It's one of the great failings of modern foreign policy analysis. Analysts of all stripes seem intent on confusing “not having a plan” with “not having a plan I particularly like”.

With a new government in place, it won’t be long before Prime Minister Cameron and his team of ministers start to jet off across the globe to key international markets.