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ONE OF the joys of my job is watching fashionable but off-base theories crumple in the face of real world events.
WANDER down any high street and you’ll see those well-known chain restaurants offering appetising food at a reasonable price.
BRITAIN’S tax credit regime was introduced by Gordon Brown in an attempt to boost the living standards of the low paid.
Quango bonfire [Re: How charities lavish millions of taxpayer money on left-wing campaigns, yesterday]
IN BRUSSELS, you can hear the dull sound of hammer on iron: the EU driving nails into a coffin.
VALENTINE’S Day is almost upon us. Many readers may recall a time when its main purpose was for love-struck teenagers to communicate, anonymously or otherwise, with the objects of their desire. Now it is big business.
IF TV’S Benefits Street raised a fuss, James Bartholomew’s The Welfare State We’re In should cause an earthquake.
Civil service [Re: Would political appointments to the civil service increase government effectiveness? Yesterday]
HOW DO you shrink the state when it is dominated by health, education and welfare? The answer is with a positive vision that is much more than just tax cuts.
OVER the past three years, the debate over the coalition’s deficit reduction plan and the sluggishness of the subsequent recovery has dominated the agenda.
RENTS are rising, pushing people on low incomes out of the neighbourhoods they’ve lived in for years. Resentment towards the rich is growing, with the most profitable and dynamic industries singled out for the most ire.
Energy supply [Re: As the International Energy Agency doubts UK shale’s potential, is more nuclear the answer?, Friday]
THE NEXT time you are puzzled by an app on your smartphone, the chances are that your three year-old will have the answer.
EUROPE is back in the headlines, with immigration and David Cameron’s meeting with French President Francois Hollande pushing the politically-divisive issue to the top of the agenda.
SCEPTICISM about the EU is not borne out of nationalism, but from practical experiences that show Britain has invested far more into the EU than it gets out.
AN ABNORMAL amount of liquidity is still afloat in today’s global markets, amounting to an unprecedented estimate of 27 per cent of global GDP.
I FOR one don’t welcome our new robot overlords. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all in favour of the liberating potential of new technology.
THE LATEST front in the ongoing critique of the Anglo-Saxon bonus culture has been opened up by the economist Andrew Smithers, in his recent book The Road to Recovery.
UK democracy [Re: Scotland’s referendum is a fateful moment for the whole UK, yesterday]
THE EMERGING market sell-off has prompted central bankers to act.
ECONOMIC growth is humming away at an annual rate of nearly 3 per cent, inflation is bang on target and the government’s deficit is falling. But even the sunniest of days often have some clouds.
IT MAY be chilly outside but, for those of us analysing the UK tech market, it couldn’t be hotter. It was a stellar year in 2013 for the sector.
CHAOS in Kiev must feel uncomfortably close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
SO FAREWELL, then, Facebook! That is the conclusion of a highly technical paper by two Princeton researchers John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler, which received a lot of publicity in the press last week.
UK ECONOMIC growth is looking up. The 0.7 per cent GDP increase in the fourth quarter of 2013 might not have been as strong as some commentators were expecting, but it means economic activity is up a full 2.8 per cent on a year ago.
More red tape [Re: We’re slashing rules that hold business back while Labour imperils recovery, yesterday]
ED BALLS’S announcement that the 50 per cent top rate of income tax could make a comeback is an act of political opportunism devoid of any economic sense.
PEOPLE talk about emerging markets as if they were one homogenous group, but nothing could be further from the truth.
THE GDP figures released today, expected to show further evidence of economic growth, will tell us how far the recovery has progressed. They follow last week’s employment stats which showed that our long-term plan is beginning to work.
Labour tax plans [Re: The Labour party’s war on the better off is dreadful economics, yesterday]
TO PARAPHRASE Antony in Julius Caesar, I come to bury the Mints idea, not to praise it.
TO CREATE more and better-paid jobs, Britain needs more small businesses, and it needs the best of them to scale up. Government has a key role to play, by radically improving its own commercial relationship with small companies.
THE CITY has always been a crucible for debate, innovation and philanthropy.
IT’S BEEN called the riddle of peacefulness. Many think crime is a growing problem: a 2013 Ipsos Mori study found that 58 per cent didn’t believe it was falling, while 51 per cent thought violent crime was getting worse.
THE LACK of competition among Britain’s retail banks is under the microscope. Yet an important part of the solution is not getting enough attention.
WHAT does a decent pension cost? The short answer is a lot; and a lot more than most people think or want to know.
EU green targets [Re: Industry welcomes EU green targets for 2030, yesterday]

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