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It takes one to know one – and thus I can confidently declare that ex-Sainsbury’s boss Justin King is a contrarian.
“Right Here, Right Now, There is no other place that I want to be, Right Here, Right Now, Watching the world wake up from history” – Jesus Jones, Right Here, Right Now
OVER the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to discuss the political situation in Britain, and the state of Britain’s relations with the EU, with business and political leaders in both Brussels and London.
TODAY, the country’s leading politicians and business figures are getting together at the CBI Annual Conference to debate ideas for future growth.
Kate McCann is political reporter at City A.M, says Yes.
Around the Tower, the poppies flow, recalling crosses, row on row...
IT’S NOT surprising that peer-to-peer lending is becoming so popular. After years of low interest rates and scandals, there is a feeling that financial services should get back to basics.
YESTERDAY, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it will be launching far-reaching investigations into the state of competition in the personal current account and smaller business banking markets.
When I was young, Christmas was a magical time, filled with wonder and delight. But as I grew older, and Father Christmas was revealed for who he really was (thanks dad), the shine wore off.
Alisdair McIntosh, director of Business for New Europe, says Yes. Lord Hill says that “the sensible thing now is to try to calm the situation down, and to look at the facts and look at a practical solution”. He’s right.
Those hoping the resurrection of the Virgin Money flotation might lead London’s initial public offering (IPO) markets into an end-of-year revival should take a read of yesterday’s statement from Stock Spirits Group, the Polish vodka maker that flo
It's the privatisation row that won’t go away.
SINCE its inception, the market for bitcoin has experienced one of the most remarkable roller coaster rides of all time.
THERE is a wonderful description of London from 1622, written by the pamphleteer Donald Lupton. He evokes the “Great Beehive”, “swarming” with people, the capital “a glutton that desires always to be full”.
This weekend, people across Europe will commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank, says Yes. A period in which crude oil prices were below $80 per barrel would begin to hurt the US shale industry.
Homebase, the home improvement giant, has announced that it is to close about a quarter of its 323 stores, raising questions as to whether this a necessary restruct­uring or because the nation – and particularly the younger generat­ion – has falle
I WOULD love to believe that we now live in a meritocratic nation, in which success depends on talent and hard work, rather than connections and class. But it is evidently not so.
THE NORTH is the flavour of the month. Wrangles over HS2 persist, and opposition to the scheme in the affluent Home Counties grows, but George Osborne is trumping this.
Long after it was agreed, the EU Working Time Directive continues to pose a significant headache for business.
Anthony Glees, professor of politics at the University of Buckingham, says Yes.  GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan’s comments are a major intervention.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT that the UK must stump up a further €2.1bn (£1.7bn) to finance the EU’s ballooning budget has understandably caused outrage.
“Never let a serious crisis go to waste”, concluded Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s ex-chief of staff. For our political commentators, a more accurate phrase might be “never let a tragedy go to waste”.
CHELSEA football manager Jose Mourinho is right, as ever. Stamford Bridge, the club’s home stadium, has become too quiet, even though it’s full to the rafters every week with more than 41,000 fans.
Ben Gummer, Conservative MP for Ipswich, says Yes. This is an important day for taxpayers and for democracy – and that’s a big claim for a single sheet of A4.
There is a lovely story about how the administration of US President John F Kennedy – for all its intellectual glitter and panache – managed to get Vietnam so wrong.
Every year, the pageantry and fun of the Lord Mayor’s Show is followed by a more solemn occasion, one that is of great significance to each new lord mayor: Remembrance Sunday.
Today is Jonathan Hill’s first day as European commissioner for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union.
Diana Choyleva is head of macroeconomic research at Lombard Street Research, says Yes.
IT IS great news that Tim Cook has chosen to declare that he is proud to be gay.
THE BIRTH of free enterprise more than 200 years ago fuelled the greatest advances in human prosperity and happiness the world has ever seen. Life before capitalism was, as Thomas Hobbes might have said, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
EVEN if this year’s Indian summer delayed the onset of colder times, families all over the country are now starting to turn on their heating, while dreading the moment the bill lands.
After months of delays and political squabbles, the Home Office yesterday released its survey of international approaches to drug control.
Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg, says Yes. Germany is experiencing a rough patch. Yet it’s not the Eurozone dragging down Germany.
Trading revenues were once the mainstay of many an investment bank, and made up the glamorous end of the City. It is always the traders who get the public’s attention. Who ever complains about City brokers or City auditors?   
THE CORPORATION has never been less fashionable. Politicians are falling over themselves to tell voters how they will constrain, bully and regulate large companies. It makes sense.
DESPITE a remarkable reduction in Employment Tribunal claims, the system continues to throw up major problems for employers, with potentially disastrous consequences for business.
AIR PASSENGER Duty (APD) is 20 years old this week. Since it was first levied on flights from 1 November 1994, it has raked in a staggering £27bn for successive governments.
Sam Bowman, research director at the Adam Smith Institute, says Yes. Many people, including me, expected QE to cause uncontrollable inflation and end in disaster. How wrong we were.
THE UK’S economic growth slowed down in the third quarter of the year – and while still strong, there are fears that the recovery could lose momentum.
EMPLOYEES’ share of national wealth production in OECD countries has declined continually over the last three decades. This is a problem for purchasing power at a time when we need to boost demand to support growth.
IS THERE a secret Leninist cell operating at a high level in the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels? One which is dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist structures of the European Union?
IT MIGHT be an uncomfortable truth for many to hear, but the UK is dramatically over-banked for the digital age. There are a little less than 10,000 bank branches across the UK, far fewer than the approximately 38,000 in France, for example.
Matthew Sinclair, an economist and author of Let Them Eat Carbon, says Yes.
WITH one simple policy – more free trade – we could make the world $500 trillion better off and lift 160m people out of extreme poverty. If there is one question we have to ask ourselves, it is: why don’t we?
McDonald's has been a major target for US protestors advocating a significant minimum wage hike. A multi-billion dollar company with a recognisable global brand, it has faced a high-profile campaign from those frustrated with low wage rates.
The corporate landscape is littered with companies like Tesco, HP and Sony. Once business trailblazers, they have somehow become pedestrian and their performance has suffered.
Andrew Carter, acting chief executive of the Centre for Cities, says Yes.
There is little doubt that Islamic State’s (IS) siege of Kobani in Syria is a gripping story.
It's not as catchy as “Brics”, but “ManShefLeedsPool” – the latest coinage from the Centre for Cities’s Jim O’Neill, formerly of Goldman Sachs – could have an equally seismic impact here in the UK.

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