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Week of Nov 14 – Nov 20

author: sparkhurst 4:13 pm EST November 14, 2011
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day. 11-20-11

Under black economic skies, a grim political battle awaits George Osborne and the Coalition

The Tory message may end up being that, as bad as things are, they would be a lot, lot worse under Ed Miliband.

How can Osborne get Great Britain plc moving again?

Chancellor, take note: as he prepares to lay out his plans, economists, politicians and business leaders offer their own ideas

It's not just our leaders who are in a crisis. Democracy itself is failing

The world's statesmen no longer shape events but merely respond to them, in thrall to market forces 11-19-11

Wind farms are useless, says Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh has made a fierce attack on wind farms, describing them as “absolutely useless”.

Occupy UK converges on London

City offices of UBS bank reopened as forum for discussion by Occupy protesters arriving from across Britain 11-18-11

David Cameron and Angela Merkel pledge unity

Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel today pledged "strong friendship", but remained at odds over key measures to restore economic stability to Europe.

Working pensioners can show George Osborne the way out of this crisis

Tax cuts for the low paid will reduce unemployment by encouraging people back to work.

Theresa May - another lady who's not for turning

It was striking that the MPs who were most effective in rumbling the witnesses were women

EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration

Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration. 11-17-11

Business needs tax cuts. So does everybody else

British retail business, one of the chief drivers of economic growth, is in big trouble.

Is George Osborne panicking enough?

The chancellor's judgment not to increase debt has been vindicated, but he must now go on the attack

eBay to open its first UK shop

eBay, the online shop, is to open its first UK shop, in the latest sign that internet retailers are moving onto the high street. 11-16-11

Why Hague spoke out on Britain's secret services

In lifting the veil a little from MI6, William Hague reminds us of the vital role it plays in national defence.

Fewer Britons getting jobs as number of foreign workers rises

The number of foreign workers employed in the UK has risen by almost 150,000 as the number of British people with jobs is falling.

Unemployment: time for jobs plan

The coalition's economic argument has been shown to be wrong; it is time for a replacement

The fate of this Government is now in George Osborne's hands

Unless he stands up to the Lib Dems in his Autumn Statement, the economy faces disaster 11-15-11

BBC Caught Selling News Slots to Climate Change Crusaders

An investigation by the Indy has caught the BBC red-handed selling airtime for millions of pounds. They are trying to spin it as “nominal fees”but a look at the numbers and content involved is pretty shocking: 11-14-11

The European project is now sustained by coup

Conservative MEP Daniel Hannen writes about the recent coup d’état by any other name, which recently took place.

Osborne's attack on benefits must be moderated

The Lib Dems are pledged to battle against poverty, and cannot support the chancellor's bid to decouple benefits from inflation

William Hague welcomes new Syria sanctions

Foreign Secretary William Hague today welcomed more EU sanctions against Syria in protest at the failure of President Assad to end "horrific violence".

Eurozone crisis gives Britain a chance to redraw EU, says David Cameron

As Angela Merkel looks for treaty change to strengthen ties, prime minister is keen to move towards a looser union



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