A new tax to drive on the motorway? It serves no purpose other than making life more miserable for the motorist

| October 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Government is mulling the possibility of a two-tier road tax system. This would mean that the standard tax disc would only entitle drivers to potter along minor roads and residential streets. Using a major A-road or a motorway would require another, more expensive, tax disc. Explaining the rationale, a Whitehall source tells the Daily […]

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Cameron announces a new offence that is already a crime. This Tory relaunch really needs more work

| October 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

David Cameron’s pledge to become tougher on crime is welcome. It signals the end of the Cameroon hoodie-hugging phase and sits well with the drive to reconnect irresponsible actions and adverse outcomes throughout society. Unfortunately, the initiative seems to suffer from the same weakness as a great deal of the new-old Conservatism we have seen […]

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Dan Belhassen: Does IT help a business leader be more effective?

| October 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Visit business.financialpost.com Canadian innovators give business and life lessons to Financial Post readers … In 30 seconds or less. Video Rating: 0 / 5

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Justine Greening is right to scrutinise Britain’s international aid budget. But she’d do more for the Third World if she abolished it

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, is to go through Britain’s international aid budget “line-by-line” according to today’s Daily Mail. Miss Greening will be attempting to reign in the expenses claimed by consultancy firms who currently benefit from the UK’s largesse to the tune on £500m per year. On one level this is very welcome. […]

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How much more money should a banker be allowed to spend than an idler on benefits?

| September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

I hate to break it to you, but there is inequality in the UK. And there are a number of things that we do about it. We tax the higher-earning members of society and send that money off to the poorer. This clearly reduces inequality. But by how much and is it enough? I ask because […]

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Mario Draghi mouths more promises, but action is nowhere to be seen

| August 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Let’s take Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, at his word. Last week, he promised that the ECB would do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. So what did he do today, unveiling its monthly response to the crisis? Nothing. Rates were held at 0.75pc, there was no money printing, excited talk […]

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More empty bluster from Germany

| August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann has made a fresh bid for German sainthood – and Bild Zeitung’s spiked helmet – with his latest broadside against the European Central Bank. He warned the ECB not “overstep its mandate” or stray into fiscal rescue policies. The comments were made a month ago to the Buba house journal but released – […]

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British Gas should share more of its £1.9m per day profits with customers

| July 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

  British Gas should share more of its profits with customers by means of a price freeze or even rate cuts. Britain’s biggest energy supplier, listed on the stock market as Centrica, announced today that profits increased by 23pc to £345m in the first half of 2012. Cue howls of outrage from critics of the […]

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Europe is in more danger than at any time since the 1930s. One nationalist demagogue could cause an earthquake

| July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Ours is a complacent continent. Despite impending events that would have precipitated a revolution in almost any other place at almost any other time in history – either a collapse of the currency or the complete secession of budgetary control to a supra-natural body in the EU – we expect the fabric of European society […]

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The price of gold has been manipulated. This is more scandalous than Libor

| July 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new media and the 24-hour news cycle have a great deal to answer for, not least encouraging a political class which would otherwise be happily engaged expensing duck houses into the belief that it should demonstrate perpetual action on our behalf – hence the endless stream of badly drafted legislation from the corridors of […]

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