Co-operative Group Difficulties Continue After Lord Myners Resigns

Last rites for the Co-op Bank? As group announces record losses

17 April 2014 9:15

‘Care, respect, clarity and reassurance’ are what the Co-operative funeral service says it offers the bereaved, and the parent Co-op Group may soon find itself in need of just such… Continue reading


Nigel Farage missed the point about ‘young, able women’

20 January 2014 16:09

Nigel Farage isn’t afraid ‘to court controversy’ over the issue of women’s pay. Speaking on the issue of equal pay, he described how a pay gap exists because women who… Continue reading

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HS2 is a grandstand project – and the sums just don’t add up

24 October 2013 13:06

HS2 is a solution looking for a problem. Since its conception, HS2 has been a tale of shape shifting as first it was about time, then about bridging the north… Continue reading

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EU red tape push will give Cameron cover for renegotiation

15 October 2013 9:06

The government’s business taskforce will give a presentation today to Cabinet on its report on slashing EU regulation. David Cameron has already indicated that he will support the 30 recommendations… Continue reading

An Alternative View Of The Labour Party Annual Conference

Ed Miliband’s give and take away business strategy

24 September 2013 8:46

Far be it from anyone to criticise a party that wants to build more homes, but Ed Miliband’s plan to announce in his speech that Labour would build 200,000 new… Continue reading

Mark Carney 'chillaxes' at the Wilderness Festival this weekend.

Institute of Directors trial the end of the suit

13 August 2013 17:43

Is this the end of business attire? The slow degradation of the standard issue suit has reached the Institute of Directors — the Pall Mall-based bastion of all things business.… Continue reading

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Mass immigration or the welfare state? Because we may not be able to have both

2 August 2013 10:17

Formulating policy on the back of what you believe human beings ought to be like rather than what they tend to be like can have serious consequences. Mass immigration is… Continue reading

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Summer party season begins

22 May 2013 15:39

Lord Bell opened the summer party season last night, with martinis on the back lawn of Lancaster House. It was a reception for the marriage of money and power. Norman… Continue reading

Chuka Umunna struggled to name business people who are supporting Labour

The only Labour business supporter that Chuka Umunna can name is a Labour peer

9 December 2012 14:07

Chuka Umunna’s interview on The Sunday Politics today highlighted several of the problems facing the Labour party. When Andrew Neil pressed him on whether he could name any heads of… Continue reading

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable on a visit to a factory earlier this autumn. Picture: Getty

Nick Clegg to tell business leaders: we’re your friends

24 October 2012 14:04

Nick Clegg is giving a speech this evening in which he will try to re-sell the Liberal Democrats as friends of business. Admitting that he hasn’t ‘said enough’ about the… Continue reading

Eurofighter Typhoon Launched To Replace Tornado F3s

Whitehall’s mistake over BAE and EADS

11 October 2012 17:48

There have been some sharp responses to the demise of the proposed BAE EADS merger. My personal favourite is John Redwood’s pithy: ‘Several of you wrote in expressing dismay at the… Continue reading

Vince Cable will today announce changes to employment regulation designed to kickstart growth. Picture: Getty.

Vince Cable strives to show he is not obstacle to growth

14 September 2012 8:17

Vince Cable is today announcing that the government will not be taking up Sir Adrian Beecroft’s ‘fire-at-will’ proposals to allow bosses to sack underperforming staff without risking unfair dismissal claims.… Continue reading

Events at Marikana remind one Africa's bad old days, but the continent is progressing economically. Image: Getty

Africa’s growth spurt

12 September 2012 10:32

When South African police opened fire on striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, it had all of the hallmarks of the bad old days of the continent – the… Continue reading

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Vince Cable made clear yesterday that he has his eye on Michael Fallon as much as the new Business Minister has his eye on his boss. Picture: Getty.

‘Nobody likes being in coalition’

10 September 2012 8:57

The coalition’s leaders like to stick to the line that the partnership is professional and business-like when they describe how policy is made. Newly-appointed business minister Michael Fallon struck a… Continue reading


Michael Fallon takes on health and safety

10 September 2012 0:15

The government is keeping up its new, frantic pace on the economy today by announcing that it wants to scrap half of all existing red tape and that the overwhelming… Continue reading

The government intends to strain everything 'a little further' this autumn to encourage growth. Picture: Carla Millar.

Straining every sinew a just that little bit further for growth

22 August 2012 19:25

The Institute of Directors added a bit more moss to the rolling stone of worry about the government’s growth agenda today, releasing the results of a survey of business leaders… Continue reading

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Who will rule the 21st century?

7 August 2012 11:01

This is a nice big question to ponder on the holiday beach or in the rented villa. A vast amount has already been written on the rise of China and… Continue reading

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Calling in the Olympic ghostbusters

1 August 2012 17:06

TfL have today stopped running those Boris Johnson announcements over the tannoys at Underground and national rail stations that were rather getting on commuters’ nerves. But their replacement seems to… Continue reading


Osborne’s policy gymnastics

1 August 2012 8:50

It’s been a few weeks at least since George Osborne’s last U-turn, so it must be time for another one, mustn’t it? Today’s launch of the Funding for Lending Scheme… Continue reading

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London, the Olympic ghost town

31 July 2012 8:45

London is quieter than usual this week in spite of the Olympics, with many commuters staying at home or fleeing the country while the Games take place. That’s a good… Continue reading

Conservative Party Kicks Off 2010 Election Campaign

The post-GDP sleeve-rolling begins

26 July 2012 8:50

David Cameron is using the Olympics today to strike a more upbeat tone after yesterday’s GDP gloom. The Prime Minister is speaking at 10am at a global investment conference to… Continue reading

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Osborne’s grim morning

22 July 2012 13:22

‘Unfortunately, it’s not enough.’ That is, broadly, the conclusion of John Longworth, the director of the British Chamber of Commerce, who has penned a visceral critique of the government’s economic… Continue reading


The coalition’s new idea for more debt

28 May 2012 9:15

How best to help British business? More debt, of course — varieties of this answer come time and time again from this government. This time it’s Lord Young proposing £2,500… Continue reading


The pressure on Cameron to call Clegg’s bluff

23 May 2012 11:45

The debate over the Beecroft report is now the politics of the viscera. For Tory MPs it has become symbolic of how the Liberal Democrats — and Vince Cable, in… Continue reading


Clegg rallies behind Cable

22 May 2012 13:41

It’s no surprise that the Lib Dems aren’t keen on Adrian Beecroft’s proposals for hiring and firing. This intra-coalition disagreement has been rumbling on for months now, after all. But… Continue reading