IMPROVING the UK’s lagging productivity record is a hot topic among economists and politicians at the moment.
DAVID Cameron is feeling the heat. This is not just a consequence of the sudden dramatic rise in London temperatures.
DURING my two decades in the financial services industry, I always enjoyed the important annual events that bring the industry together.
Given the stunning events of the weekend, it’s easy to forget that, just ten days ago, the creditors and Greece were both making positive statements about progress towards a solution to the Greek bailout crisis.
Ahead of next week’s Budget, two former chancellors and 160 Tory MPs are calling for the 45 per cent income tax rate to be reduced to 40 per cent.
Almost every week, another story portrays the City as a bastion of chauvinism, where women are underpaid and undervalued, dominated by macho males and discriminated against.
Housing has been the public policy “elephant in the room” for too long.
A starter for ten. How much of the land in the London Borough of Southwark is owned by Southwark Council? 10 per cent? 20 per cent? More?
As an undergraduate student, I spent an Erasmus semester in a small town in Spain. During a flat viewing, the landlady who showed me around pointed at the microwave in the kitchen, and said: “This is a microwave.
The UK and other western economies face the prospect of an ageing population.
Speaking outside Number 10 on 8th May, the Prime Minister declared that his new government’s mission was “ensuring this recovery reaches all parts of our country.”
There are times when you should be afraid, very afraid. This might be one of them.
Technological change is fuelling improvements in workplace efficiency, and the power of digital technology to boost productivity should not be forgotten.
The gracious Palladian architecture of Edinburgh has often led the city to be described as the Athens of the North. If the referendum result had gone the other way, much closer parallels would have rapidly emerged.
It’s time for business leaders to end the culture of secrecy over salaries and what men and women earn.
According to recent media reports, the decision to build a new runway could face further delay. It seems the government may not respond to the Airports Commission’s imminent report until the end of this year, or possibly early next year.
Bruce Springsteen may have been “Born in the USA”, but he says he’d prefer the US to be more like Sweden.
There are, apparently, still hopes that some deal can be done with Greece this week so that the final €7.2bn tranche of the current €240bn bailout can be released.
Jumping the shark” is one of my favourite American idioms.
Financial services” does not equal “London”. This is my message overseas – but it is equally important to say it on these shores as well.
Oxford Street needs to be pedestrianised. There is a growing consensus about this among traders, transport operators, and local councils. The question is when and how.
Every good story has its dark moment, a crisis that comes before a resolution. The Greek debt saga appears to be reaching such a crunch point.
Sixty years ago, Sir Antony Fisher founded the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), realising an idea given to him by the economist Friedrich Hayek seven years earlier.
Potential output may not be sexy, but it is critical to an economy’s future performance. A supply-side concept, it is defined as the level of output consistent with stable inflation.
George Osborne promised last week to legally bind future governments into lowering debt. Thanks to one of his own policies, that debt ambition will be much harder to meet unless reforms are undertaken today.