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Sovereign wealth funds to be allowed to lease motorways in England, says prime minister
Political boost for Cameron: Remember all that talk that Barack Obama and David Cameron wouldn’t get on? It seems a long, long time ago.
David Cameron is making a speech today about “infrastructure”. When Downing Street put out an operational note about this yesterday, I had a Star Wars moment: “a bad feeling about this”.
As George Osborne and his Treasury team finalise the Budget, their ears ringing with the appeals of all and sundry about what to do, they could do worse than consider the last time that Britain was caught up in a global financial crisis, when we led the world to recovery: the 1930s.
When the US economy springs to life, it will be because of the Americans’ entrepreneurial spirit.
If cutting the top rate of tax is not to be seen as a budget for the rich, the affluent will have to pay in other ways
The prospect of tax changes in next week’s Budget is causing frantic manoeuvring within the Coalition.
The controversial 50p tax rate on those earning more than £150,000 should be scrapped.
Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, has delivered his most strident critique yet of Gordon Brown’s leadership, declaring that his former boss will never be remembered as a great prime minister.
It’s all down to Rupert Harrison, the most powerful man you’ve never heard of…
Shirley Willams accused Polly Toynbee of lying. Toynbee said Williams copped out. Now, at the NHS bill’s 11th hour, they take each other on
Of the Chancellor’s planned spending cuts, only one pound in twenty has been implemented, writes Andrew Haldenby.
Even Dr Johnson would tire of modern London, where bigwigs welcome global scumbags and nobody else matters
My family is from one of the parts of the country that is, statistically, less well-served by the health service. I’m not bitter, but the NHS did not save my father’s life
Britain and America are betraying the values both countries fought for in the past.
The Prime Minister and President have a bond that works both ways — though Iran and Israel may test it.
The poor are just people without enough money. But a ‘culture of poverty’ gives the affluent a reason to blame them for it.
The revelations of life at Goldman’s reflect the reality of high finance — where a quick buck comes before clients.
Older workers accounted for the biggest rise in unemployment with almost half out of work for a year of more, official figures showed as joblessness rose to 2.67m.
Today’s protests will be looked down upon by some parts of the media, but they are both justified and necessary
This might be the Romney campaign’s darkest hour: last night he placed third in primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. It’s still 99 percent likely that he’ll be the Republican nominee, but it’ll be thanks to luck and money rather than the love of his party.
What do you make of Greg Smith’s letter of resignation, and the questions about ethical responsibilities it raises for employees?
Who thinks what about the European Union? We’ve covered the European Commission’s own polling on the matter before now, which suggests that Britain is the most Eurosceptic nation of them all.
For days – weeks even – the headlines have been dominated by Lib Dems talking about tax. Specifically, about wanting to put taxes up. Nick Clegg used his Saturday interview with the Telegraph to talk about a ‘tycoon tax’, while Vince Cable carried on his argument for a shift of tax from income to wealth to focus specifically on mansions.
No one’s listening to the two Eds – but could law and order policy give them a new audience?
Tony Blair would have taken precisely the opposite tack to Ed Miliband over taxation, argues Ruth Porter.
Wherever I find myself, there is a recurrent conversational theme. “You’re supposed to know about David Cameron. So tell us; who is he? What, if anything, does he believe in? Is he a proper Tory?”. Of late, however, there has been a new preoccupation.
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