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Marks & Spencer announced today that the new M&S website has failed to perform, with a fall in online sales of 8.1 per cent, and with the developm
Six weeks after the local elections seems an odd time to announce a new settlement for local government funding.
WITH Monty Python at the O2 arena and ongoing coverage of the NHS, I was reminded last week of the Python sketch showing a lady giving birth.
WHEN building St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren is said to have erected screens to prevent people seeing his deviations from the plans until they were too late to undo.
Henry Overman, professor of economic geography at the London School of Economics, says Yes. When a major sporting event is announced, it’s common to see politicians use economic arguments to justify public investment.
MUNICH – As the Fourth of July comes and goes, I have been jokingly told by friends that I share a trait found more often in East Asian cultures; that of ancestor worship.
IN A slight diversion from my usual working day, I will be spending a good portion of this Friday judging cupcakes. Why? For the first ever City’s Giving Day.
THE CHOICE of the UK’s next EU commissioner presents a difficult decision for David Cameron.
SEVEN hundred years ago, the Scots won a glorious victory at Bannockburn. The Yes campaign says we should seize this September’s referendum to be that nation again! My heart hears the call: I am Scots first and foremost. But my head says no.
CAN YOU carry a message to Garcia? Do you even know what it means? The phrase used to be household currency, at least in America, but seems to have rather dropped from view.
"THERE is no such thing as bad publicity,” Google must be thinking as the internet firm is once again in the headlines.
Lord Wood of Anfield, shadow cabinet minister and adviser to Ed Miliband, says Yes. Labour knows that the foundation of a successful Britain is the success of British business – large and small, home and abroad.
BBC JOURNALIST Robert Peston has become the highest-profile victim of the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) May ruling, compelling search engines to remove links to unflattering information online, under certain terms, if requested.
IT SHOULD come as no surprise to anyone that Iraq is an unnatural construct. Even as the British were establishing the pushmi-pullyu state following the Great War, the danger signs of its viability were there for all to see.
POLITICIANS are obsessive about education, and for good reason. It offers the potential for personal flourishing and faster economic growth, all at the same time.
WE BRITS have long enjoyed looking down our noses at Americans when it comes to football. They call it soccer, they get the terminology wrong, and they are inexplicably obsessed with viewing it through the prism of statistics.
Philip Lachowycz, economist at Fathom Consulting, says Yes.
Flexible working [Re: Firms fear a backlash over flexible work, Monday]
OFGEM has referred the retail energy market for investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). This is the right decision, for the wrong reasons. Most of Ofgem’s concerns are insubstantial.
THE POLISH banking and financial elite gathered last week at a conference in the Baltic seaside resort of Sopot.
JUST days after the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a damning report, describing tax authorities as “unable to cope” with the number and complexity of UK tax reliefs, it has emerged that the chancellor is considering abolishin
Jonathan Jackson, a partner and head of equities at Killik & Co, says Yes. Ocado offers a unique way to play the expected strong growth in the UK online grocery market.
Not a new normal [Re: Is Mark Carney right that the “new normal” for interest rates will be 2.5 per cent?, yesterday]
AT LONG last, the economy is growing.
DAVID Cameron has been engaged in a valiant, some might say vainglorious, charge to set clearer parameters for the future development of the European project – only to find that those who pay the piper call the tune.
FEW SUBJECTS generate emotion in UK politics like the funding of the NHS. Warnings of the health service’s imminent collapse are ten a penny, while politicians love to talk about “saving” it.
John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, says Yes. BNP Paribas has pleaded guilty to significant wrongdoing.
WILL the US ramp up its involvement in Iraq? And if so, on what terms? Will Europe build on its new partnership agreements with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia to draw an effective line over which an expansive Russia would not dare cross?
AS THE British summer makes a fleeting appearance, the demands placed on our infrastructure are only set to increase.
IN WHAT could be called his concession speech, following the EU Council’s unprecedented vote to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as the European Commission’s next president, David Cameron was right to frame it as only one of many engagements with Euro
Global money [Re: Bretton Woods: How stable monetary order was created and then destroyed, Tuesday]
WITH events like this month’s London Technology Week, the capital has been busy prettying itself up for the global tech entrepreneurs it hopes will find the city an appealing base of operation.
PANEM today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever.” You need to watch the chilling new teaser for the next Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay. Its cool irony confirms the series’s remarkable journey from minor young adult diversion to cultural milestone.
THINGS aren’t looking too rosy for David Cameron in the EU – or at least for the short term.
Shehan Mohamed, senior economist at the CEBR, says Yes. Mark Carney’s new measures are unlikely to have an impact.
Making work pay [Re: Significantly extending the Living Wage is not the best way to help the poorest, yesterday]
CAPITALISM is under attack and its defenders need to fight back. Most defences of capitalism begin and end with economic efficiency, and for good reason. The case is overwhelming.
SO FAREWELL, then, England! Yet another failure by our boys at the highest levels of football.
THIS summer, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will review its estimates of the supply-side potential of the economy. Not exactly something that will have the tabloid headline writers holding their breath.
Ben Harris-Quinney, director of Conservative Grassroots, says Yes.
Mansion taxes [Re: Balls unveils mansion tax and promises to hit the rich hardest, yesterday]
NEXT month, financial history enthusiasts will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Bretton Woods Agreement.
JOHN Sentamu, the charismatic archbishop of York, has again thrown his weight behind the recommendations of the Living Wage Commission he chairs.
AFTER all too many lean years, it is with much relief that investor appetite has finally returned to the IPO market, particularly here in London.
Daniel Moylan, the mayor of London’s chief aviation adviser, says Yes.
THERE is something that politicians and bankers both agree upon – we believe that greater competition improves the service and the products that customers get.
Moral capitalism [Re: Free economies will crumble if we fail to make the moral case for capitalism, Thursday]

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