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House Prices Continue To Fall As The Economy Stagnates

Why can’t we have an inflation index which includes house prices?

21 May 2015 10:49

The cost of living, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reported on Tuesday, has fallen by 0.1 per cent over the past year. Or at least it has if you… Continue reading

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The simple test Labour’s next leader must pass

15 May 2015 15:41

With Chuka Umunna out, the choice for Labour party members is simple. If they want to win the next election they will choose Liz Kendall as their next leader. There… Continue reading

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People are avoiding retirement because of low interest rates. Who can blame them?

14 May 2015 17:11

‘Bank of England says that migrants are holding down wages’ the headlines screamed this morning. Yet Mark Carney, when interviewed on the Today programme this morning, spun a slightly different… Continue reading

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I have worked out the only possible way to build a viable government (but it’s not pretty)

6 May 2015 16:28

For the past few days the BBC website has had an interactive game where you have to build your own coalition, using a series of possible results from tomorrow’s election.… Continue reading

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Politicians seem to fetishise laws that bind their own hands

29 April 2015 16:09

What is the point of government passing a law to stop it doing something when it can just as easily repeal it? If George Osborne were still to find himself… Continue reading

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The planning system distorts the housing market more than anything Miliband could dream up

27 April 2015 15:37

How foolish of Ed Miliband to try to pervert the free market in housing with his rent controls. There is a slight problem with this analysis, which we have heard… Continue reading

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Want to avoid a parking ticket? Then play the parking cowboys at their own game

23 April 2015 17:30

No speech that Ed Miliband has made over the past five years has generated so much derision on the right as when he divided capitalists into ‘predators and producers’. That… Continue reading

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It’s time to put all our MPs on ‘flexible-hours contracts’

17 April 2015 15:31

I agree with much of what Iain Duncan Smith said on Sky TV this morning: that zero-hours contracts should be rebranded ‘flexible-hours contracts’, that they are good for work-life balance… Continue reading

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Farage, the debate audience wasn’t left-wing but it was affected by groupthink

17 April 2015 10:12

The BBC opposition leaders’ debate wasn’t great political theatre, but it did turn into a fascinating experiment in human behaviour. A third of the way through, Nigel Farage suddenly imploded,… Continue reading

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If Cameron really wanted to encourage home-ownership, he would increase inheritance tax

14 April 2015 10:59

‘The dream of a property-owning democracy is alive,’ David Cameron will say today as he launches the Conservative manifesto, promising to extend the right to buy to all 1.3 million… Continue reading

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Stamp Duty Concerns Scottish Conservative MP Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson, Scotland’s Iron Lady, could be just what the Tories need

8 April 2015 18:40

Nicola Sturgeon has been described as a rock star politician. In Tuesday’s STV debate she looked like one who is suffering from second album syndrome. Having impressed a UK-wide audience… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Labour’s business battle shows how small its circle of support is

4 April 2015 13:08

I have never been impressed by round robin letters, so if Ed Miliband had shrugged off the letter to the Daily Telegraph this week signed by 103 businessmen with the… Continue reading

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Thomas Winkelmann (L), Managing Director of Germanwings, a Lufthansa subsidiary, and Carsten Spohr, Chairman of German airline Lufthansa, speak to the media following the latest developments in the investigation into the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in southern France on March 26, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.

After the Germanwings disaster, do airplanes need to have three pilots onboard?

26 March 2015 15:34

As soon as I heard the French prosecutor reveal that the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet appears deliberately to have flown his plane into a mountain it took me back… Continue reading

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Is it really surprising that people think Ed Miliband is more of a toff than David Cameron?

25 March 2015 15:55

The most remarkable poll of the week was the one which suggested the British public find Ed Miliband more of a toff than David Cameron. It takes something to out-toff an… Continue reading

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The Domino’s effect: Can fund managers tell a pizza from a printer?

11 March 2015 13:13

There have been many occasions since the financial crisis that I have been led to question the calibre of the more-than-amply remunerated  ‘masters of the Universe’ who inhabit the City. But… Continue reading

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Fast Food Rights campaigners and members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union protest against the rise of zero hour contracts and job insecurity.

The real scandal of zero-hours contracts: HMRC’s greed

25 February 2015 14:42

Cue the Guardian headlines of ‘exploitation’ in ‘Dickensian’ Britain. Nearly 700,000 people are now working on zero-hours contracts, a rise of 100,000 in just one year. Is that really such… Continue reading

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Why are renewable technologies held to a different set of standards?

26 January 2015 12:18

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee wants a moratorium on fracking so that what it calls the ‘huge uncertainties’ of its impact on the environment can be resolved. If… Continue reading

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Is your smartphone making you fat?

23 January 2015 15:46

Matthew Parris is obsessed by an unsolicited app which landed on his smartphone and which, thanks to GPS tracking, is able to tell him how far he has walked in… Continue reading

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Objecting to Charlie Hebdo cartoons doesn’t make you a terrorist

8 January 2015 17:04

The French liberal-left and George W Bush are not natural bedfellows, but today the former are sounding just a little bit like the latter. The ‘Je suis Charlie’ banners they… Continue reading

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The UN has outsourced our emissions to the developing world

15 December 2014 8:10

Haiti is an object lesson in how chronic aid – as opposed to emergency aid in reaction to a disaster – can lay waste to a developing economy. For decades,… Continue reading

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Firefighters react to the Autumn Statement – before Osborne’s even opened his mouth

3 December 2014 12:31

Post-war Labour Chancellor Hugh Dalton had to resign for letting slip the contents of his Budget speech before he delivered it. Nowadays, everyone leaks in advance, including PR people. The… Continue reading

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Hinkley C - the nuclear station that costs a bomb

Is the Hinkley C nuclear power station the most expensive object ever built in Britain?

1 December 2014 18:05

We might not have much of a coherent energy policy, but we do at least have the honour of breaking the record for the most expensive object ever built. According… Continue reading

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Before investing in more renewables, we need to find a cheap way of storing electricity

1 December 2014 16:20

There is an app you can load onto your smartphone, called UK Energy, which can tell you how much electricity is currently being generated in Britain and what percentage is… Continue reading

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Why Vladimir Putin’s threats about cutting off Europe’s gas supply are all bluff

1 December 2014 14:05

Has the West found a secret new weapon in its battle with Putin’s expansionist ambitions: reversible gas pipelines? Putin has never made a secret of his willingness to use energy… Continue reading

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The website FrackNation takes on claims made by Josh Fox in his film, Gasland. Image: PA

Why aren’t fracking companies drilling offshore, rather than on land?

1 December 2014 12:08

The city of Denton, Texas, doesn’t often make the news, but last month it did: it became the first city in the US – by a margin of 59 per… Continue reading

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