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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]
A LACK of authenticity among politicians is a common lament.
IN THE months before a general election campaign gets going, politicians often look like they’re merely going through the motions.
Dr Simon Mabon, a lecturer in international relations at Lancaster University, says Yes.
MORE and more people are concerned about a wave of robots stealing their jobs. But for Britain, there’s a more pressing concern: what if the robot economy doesn’t arrive here at all?
IF LONDON and the UK are to remain at the cutting edge, it is vital that students today acquire the skills needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
FOR MOST people, Jersey has traditionally conjured up images of picturesque villages and coastlines, its famous cows and Jersey Royal potatoes. More recently, however, the island has found itself cast as a villain, seeking to aid multinationals an
AS THE West casts about for an appropriate response to the perilous situation in Iraq, and with President Obama now saying that the US is potentially ready for “targeted military action” in the country, we would do well to ignore the tarnished fac
FREEDOM doesn’t get many shout-outs from politicians in today’s Britain. The hustings of the nation whose proudest boast used to be “it’s a free country” now echo with little but shades of paternalist reassurance. Have a problem?
LONDON is now hosting its first ever Technology Week – an opportunity to “showcase London’s role as the digital capital of Europe”. It is right to celebrate the success of London’s tech industry.
Falling short [Re: We are jeopardising UK tech by failing to tackle UK skills shortages, yesterday]
SITTING in the Guildhall yesterday, attending the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty, I was struck by two thoughts.
A WAR is being waged by the litigators of Silicon Valley. Their chosen weaponry: patent law.
ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan – No matter which way you look at the problem, Iraq is now in the grip of a civil war, and the forces of ISIS, backed by a number of tribes and ex-Saddam loyalists, are in all out conflict with the Iraqi state, backed by the
Is the world becoming a more violent place?
Is the world becoming a more violent place?
Intervention risks [Re: Should the West cooperate with Iran to defeat ISIS in Iraq? yesterday]
MUCH as I am intellectually fond of Boris Johnson, he is entirely wrong about both former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his motivation for speaking out on the present Iraq crisis.
HERE is your starter for ten. What do the Uber app and David Ricardo have in common? “Ricardo?”, I hear you ask.
THE UK’s tech scene has changed beyond all recognition since I left London for the US in the late 1990s. Back then, there seemed little to be excited about beyond ARM and Autonomy.
As Lord Saatchi proposes abolishing corporation tax for small firms, is the levy justifiable at all?
As Lord Saatchi proposes abolishing corporation tax for small firms, is the levy justifiable at all?
Tale of two markets [Re: Will the Bank of England’s new powers to tame the housing market be effective? yesterday]
AS TOP bankers and policymakers meet in London this week for the UK-China Financial Forum, they may want to reflect on how far the City has come as a main offshore hub for the Chinese renminbi (RMB), supporting a rapidly growing number of British
THE BRITISH tax system just isn’t progressive enough, the Equality Trust claimed yesterday.
FOR TOO long, the UK has done too little to encourage Chinese nationals – the biggest of the big spenders in the international tourism stakes – to visit Britain.
Like everyone in Washington who worked on Iraq for the past decade and hoped the nightmare had ended, my immediate reaction to the stunning recent reports was simple: “Oh my God, no.” For the news is as bad as it could be.
LONDON’S goal of becoming the leading Western offshore renminbi centre is expected to take a significant step forward this week, when a Chinese clearing bank is appointed in London.
THE NUMBER of professionals currently working abroad or interested in relocating overseas now stands at an estimated 235m – almost 8 per cent of the number of people in work globally.

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