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IN TODAY’S Mansion House speech, George Osborne is expected to outline new plans to encourage housing development on brownfield sites.
THE WORLD Cup is a fascinating lesson in economics, as well as football. The best teams and players have fought gladiatorial battles to reach Brazil, and the competition is about to get even more intense.
THE TAKEOVER of Mosul, Iraq’s second major city, and Tikrit by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) is a major event in the history of post-Saddam Iraq, and has repercussions for the entire region.
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THE WORLD Cup, which starts tomorrow, will spark a huge range of human emotions, from the excitement of victory to the despair of defeat.
THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund: wrong again. At the end of last week, the IMF abandoned its criticism of the UK government’s economic strategy.
THE BANK of England and the European Central Bank released a widely-trailed paper last month, promoting securitisation in the EU.
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OFGEM’s chickens are coming home to roost, and the energy market regulator now faces a choice.
LIKE many others, on Sunday evening I watched Soccer Aid – an annual charity football match featuring well-known ex-footballers and a raft of celebrities.
WHEN Prime Ministers pick EU battles, they have to choose carefully.
THE DEBATE over the future of capitalism has been intensified in recent months by French economist Thomas Piketty. His best-selling book has sparked popular interest in wealth and income inequality across the globe.
IT IS not often that pensions take centre stage in UK politics, but I’m proud that last week was one of those rare occasions. And for good reason.
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“OUR landings have failed and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery could do.
IT WAS a great invasion in the cause of liberty. Not 70 years ago, but two and a half millennia, when on 7 October 540 BC the army of Cyrus the Great entered Babylon by water.
THE EUROPEAN Central Bank (ECB) has cut its main interest rate to 0.15 per cent, and imposed an interest rate charge of 0.1 per cent upon banks leaving money in the ECB (as opposed to the traditional practice whereby central banks pay interest on
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NOTHING baffles me more than the complaint that government isn’t doing enough.
COULD the forces that determine individual prosperity also determine national success?
AMID all the speculation over who will win the Newark by-election today, it’s easy to forget the reason half of Westminster is running around the Nottinghamshire constituency: the behaviour of its former MP.
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THE HOUSING crisis – worst in London, but bad across Britain – is fundamentally driven by lack of supply. For the past five years, we have been building fewer houses than in any peacetime period since before World War One.
THE OFFICE for National Statistics (ONS) has just increased the size of the British economy by nearly £10bn, a figure equivalent to around 0.7 per cent of its total size.
IN THE Queen’s Speech today, the government is likely to give the go-ahead for large pension schemes along Dutch lines. Such collective defined contribution schemes have many advantages.
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IN TOMORROW’s Queen’s Speech, the government is expected to include the “Collective Defined Contribution” model (CDC) of the Dutch pension system in a forthcoming Pensions Bill. Pensions minister Steve Webb is right to consider it a strong model.
DO YOU ever feel government isn’t fit for purpose? The evidence suggests you’re not alone. The EU elections saw anti-establishment parties tear chunks out of mainstream incumbents.
IN THE upset of the European elections, anti-establishment parties swept up over 30 per cent of all seats in a damning indictment of the EU status quo.
IN THE words of the great stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, “The object of life is not to be in the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” By this definition, the greater number of foreign policy analysts ought to be
THE EUROPEAN elections saw a series of striking results, as Ukip became the first party other than Labour or the Conservatives to top a nationwide poll since 1906, and anti-establishment parties surged across Europe.
GOOGLE has taken the first steps towards complying with the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling that people have a right to have links removed from search results. But debate around the “right to be forgotten” online is not going away.
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RUSSIA and China agreed on a $400bn, 30-year deal last week, wherein Gazprom will deliver 38bn cubic metres of natural gas a year to China.
ON 18 September, the Scottish electorate will vote on whether to secede from the UK. Although supporters of the Union may be reassured by polls suggesting that break-up will not happen, this should not be taken for granted.
AUTO-ENROLMENT, the revolution in workplace pensions introduced in October 2012, has been a big success so far.
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