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NEWS lives in the now. Sprinting from drama to drama, we rarely have the leisure to turn and look back. But sometimes a clear picture only comes into focus with the help of hindsight.

THE RETAIL industry is in a state of flux. Consumers and technology are driving fundamental changes. And now, the line between in-store and online is increasingly blurred.

The government yesterday unveiled its latest plan to crack down on illegal immigration, by making it significantly less attractive for people to remain in the UK, working illegally.

MUCH has been said about the PR disaster surrounding Thomas Cook’s handling of the Corfu carbon monoxide poisoning, which killed Robert and Christianne Shepherd in 2006.

Dennis Jones, chief executive of Judo Payments, says Yes

Sajid Javid’s new enterprise bill, announced this week in Bristol, is certainly well intentioned, but it's unlikely to have a significant impact on late payment. 
 

Of all the functions performed by the EU, competition policy is arguably the most important – and where it could stand to do the most good. Unfortunately, many of the Commission’s attempts at trust-busting have been misguided.

As UK inflation turned negative in April, some took the news as yet more evidence that the spectre of deflation haunts the world economy.

As filming for The Apprentice 2015 gets underway in the City, we’ll soon be introduced to the latest hopefuls, all keen to be Lord Sugar’s business partner, and bag the £250,000 investment for their business idea.

Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg, says Yes

When the fashion retailer Burberry unveils its full-year results today, it will be unsurprising if its chief executive and chief creative officer Chris Bailey keeps a low media profile, leaving
As MPs arrive in Westminster to take their seats in the House of Commons this week, one of the bigger decisions they will face – and one which I believe must be taken urgently – is the decision to build a new London runway.
 
Could Labour disappear? The party has been a prominent feature of British politics for a century, but could we now see it just vanish? 
 

The profesions are not well-known for the flexibility of their working environments.

Marina Prentoulis, senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a member of Syriza London, says Yes

Today, it was announced that the UK is in a period of deflation. It will almost certainly be a brief period.
 
The new government’s policy on public services was launched yesterday by the Prime Minister, with an uncompromising statement of NHS reform. He pledged more competition, including in the private sector.

I once asked one of Margaret Thatcher’s senior advisers whether her governments had been “too obsessed with economics”. “Economics,” he replied, “is not the most important thing in life, or in public policy.

The election of a Conservative government has led to a big change in personnel at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) – one of the few Liberal Democrat run departments in the previous Parliament.

Simon Mabon is a lecturer in international relations at Lancaster University and a research associate at The Foreign Policy Centre, says Yes

It's one of the great failings of modern foreign policy analysis. Analysts of all stripes seem intent on confusing “not having a plan” with “not having a plan I particularly like”.

With a new government in place, it won’t be long before Prime Minister Cameron and his team of ministers start to jet off across the globe to key international markets.

Expect the unexpected could be considered the new mantra for UK politics, just like think the unthinkable has become an increasingly common refrain for markets.

Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London, says Yes.

George Osborne's management of the economy has been credited with winning the Conservatives the election. Despite repeated criticism and warnings of the dire economic consequences of his austerity policies from adversaries, he continued on.
So now the election has been won and lost, we can finally start talking about something else - or can we?

Today the hard work begins.

Contrary to most expectations, we have a government. And although David Cameron might have felt he had it difficult in his first term as Prime Minister – dealing with a huge budget deficit while in coalition – this term also has its challenges.

Now that the stoor is settling, Labour might want to consider some of the blunders Ed Miliband made that helped drive voters towards the Conservatives – or even Ukip.

Sadiq Khan’s story is the story of London at its best. The son of a bus driver, he became the first ever Asian to attend Cabinet.

Stephanie Lis, who works for the Institute of Economic Affairs, says Yes

Unemployment is down, wages are up and inflation is forecast to rise too high in a couple of years. Surely it is time to raise interest rates, isn’t it?
 

Modern life has turned us all into perfectionists. We value companies that make our lives easier, and shun those that don’t. We expect brands to make us feel good and remind us that we’re part of something special.

Deja vu about 1992 is back. In the immediate aftermath of the 1992 election, speculation was rife that the Labour Party would be out of power for a generation. Five years later, Tony Blair won in a landslide.

We were offered two conflicting views of the UK economy yesterday, from the monthly Labour Market Statistics and the Bank of England’s quarterly Inflation Report.

Emily Dyer, research fellow at The Henry Jackson Society, says Yes

After 15 years of getting every election right and setting new standards of accuracy in both polling and market research, YouGov got an election wrong. Sure, every other pollster got it wrong, too.

When Parliament reconvenes next week, there will be many new faces among the throng of MPs being sworn in. For the first time, with no fewer than 56 representatives, the third largest party in the House of Commons will be the SNP.