Opinion

COMMENT

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.
Energy innovation [Re: Why environmentalists should embrace fracking, yesterday]
UKIP’S recent electoral triumph has reignited debate about the cost of Britain’s place in the EU. But what do we know about the economics of our membership? Let’s start from the beginning: we’ll find that Brexit has long made economic sense.
WHEN the man behind the Segway, the battery-powered personal mobility scooter, died after riding one of his products off a cliff, it seemed like a grim end to yet another transport fad.
JUST when you think it can’t get any worse for the Liberal Democrats, it does.
Ukip’s rise [Re: Why it’s hard to be optimistic about the future of UK politics, yesterday]
MAKE no mistake, these European elections are an earthquake that should make political leaders across the EU sit up and take notice.
THE FRACKING debate continues apace, with the British Geological Survey announcing that there are over 4bn barrels of oil in the shale rocks of the South of England.
THE SHADOW of Peter Rachman, the epitome of the rogue landlord, still lingers over the rented sector. Yet deregulation in the late 1980s means it is incomparable with the rent-controlled, deteriorating rump stock of old.
THE PHRASE “no overall control” is likely to become the norm for British politics, certainly at the national level.
WITH Ukip’s victory in the EU elections and a strong performance in council elections across the country, Westminster’s traditional parties are searching for explanations of Nigel Farage and his party’s success.
WE’VE seen a steady stream of good news and positive figures about the UK economy recently. Unemployment is down, consumer confidence up, and the IMF suggests that our economy will be the fastest growing in the G7 in 2014.
Debating Europe [Re: European Parliament election: Could a victory for Ukip help it secure a domestic foothold?, yesterday]
IT’s BEEN a busy week in the world of monetary policy. On Sunday, Mark Carney said that rising house prices pose the biggest threat to economic recovery.
SCENE: A LONDON BACK STREET... SOCRATES: Hey, you there, why are you tearing up those placards? ANGRY VOTER: It’s over, the racists have won. It’s a black day for democracy.
WHEN President Vladimir Putin voyaged to Beijing this week, it was with one thing in mind: strengthening Sino-Russian relations. The signing of a $400bn (£237bn) gas pipeline deal with Beijing formed the centrepiece of this effort.
The UK and Europe [Re: Voters in the UK and Europe are in the mood for change, yesterday]
NOT LONG ago, the government’s mantra was that the Eurozone crisis was having “a chilling effect” on the UK economy.
THE UK housing market needs Help to Supply, not Help to Buy.
BRITAIN’S cities face a challenge: the economy may be powering forward, but London and the south east so dominate economic performance that some commentators have been questioning if the capital is becoming overmighty.
Miraculous Modi [Re: Why India’s political earthquake is the most significant turning point of 2014, Monday]
TOMORROW Britain will go to the polls to vote in the European elections. The choice could not be clearer: while other parties talk, the Conservatives are the ones who will deliver in Europe.
AFTER over 30 years of working for world-leading financial institutions, I know that most people working in the City think of the Tories as both better for them personally through low income taxes, and more pro-business generally.
LEAVING the EU is the surest way to pull the rug out from under the City’s feet. The Square Mile is Europe’s financial centre, with twice as many euro foreign exchange deals done in London than in any other country in the Eurozone.
TOMORROW you will be able to vote in a once in a generation election that really will have a lasting impact on the destiny of this great nation.
SINCE joining the Bank of England last July, Mark Carney has been keen to talk a good game on central bank transparency.
WORRIES are growing about some Eurozone countries slipping back into double dip recession. By convention, a recession is when national output (GDP) has fallen for two successive quarters. But this is far from being news.
Google judgement [Re: Is the “right to be forgotten” online a real danger to freedom in Europe? yesterday]
THE PUBLICATION of Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys has understandably turned the spotlight onto high frequency trading (HFT).
THE LABOUR party used to be “intensely relaxed” about people getting rich. Now it is “intensely relaxed” about the ability of governments, rather than markets, to set prices and wages without detrimental consequences.
REGULATORS did not have the right data, tools or skills to see the 2008 financial crisis coming.
GENOA – I find myself in this predictably beautiful Italian city, about to visit the house of Christopher Columbus.
LONDON has, for the first time, claimed the top spot as a centre for business, finance and culture in Cities of Opportunity – PwC’s sixth annual index of 30 major cities internationally.
THE EYES of the world are turning to Brazil as “the beautiful game” returns to its spiritual home next month.
Monetary dark age [Re: The real world looks much less rosy than the Bank of England’s forecasts, yesterday]
ONE OF the chief arguments of those who are keen to maintain the status quo with regard to the EU is that a huge number of jobs is bound up with the continuation of the UK’s membership, not just in the City but throughout the whole economy.
IT LOOKS like the monster showdown of the year.
THE “BACKFIRE effect” is a term coined by the US political scientist Brendan Nyhan to describe how a person’s deeply-held convictions may actually get stronger when presented with contradictory evidence.

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