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  1. August 25, 2014

    Business big hitters are wary of Whitehall

    If you are a business leader and you yearn to spearhead reforms to British bureaucracy, you have until the end of next week...

  2. May 30, 2014

    Freedom from complexity is my ideal tax system

    Wednesday, May 28 was “tax freedom day”. That’s the point in the year, according to the Adam Smith Institute, where the...

  1. April 2, 2014

    UK chancellor’s enterprise zones slow to take off

    George Osborne’s enterprise zones are set to deliver only a fifth of the jobs and companies that were originally...

  2. March 23, 2014

    Heseltine takes full control of Haymarket

    Michael Heseltine has taken full control of Haymarket, the publishing group he co-founded 50 years ago, as it restructures...

  3. December 26, 2013

    Enterprise zones fall short on jobs targets

    David Cameron’s new wave of 24 enterprise zones is falling far short of the government’s targets for job creation, with...

  4. December 10, 2013

    Bank aims to pop, not mop up, financial bubbles

    Michael Heseltine, the former Tory cabinet minister, pledged in the early 1990s to intervene in the economy “before...

  5. Off Message

    November 14, 2013

    This is what the Wolfson prize winner has to beat

    The announcement that next year’s Wolfson prize will reward the designs of a new garden city is reason enough to share this...

  6. October 11, 2013

    Cable goes further than Thatcher or Mandelson

    After three failed attempts to privatise Royal Mail in 20 years, the coalition’s flotation of 60 per cent of the world’s...

  7. September 12, 2013

    UK Royal Mail privatisation has been on the cards for 20 years

    Ministers have been eyeing privatisation of Royal Mail for more than two decades. If the latest attempt is successful, Vince...

  8. August 21, 2013

    High Speed 2 and more dodgy analysis

    In 1987, Michael Heseltine observed that “the Treasury never sleeps”. He might have added that it therefore never dreams....

  9. August 20, 2013

    Politicians’ dreams give Treasury sleepless nights

    In 1987, Michael Heseltine observed “the Treasury never sleeps”. He might have added that it therefore never dreams....

  10. July 10, 2013

    Royal Mail sale: Investment wanted to slip public sector cuffs

    After 500 years in state hands, Royal Mail is heading for the private sector after Vince Cable confirmed plans to sell most...

  11. June 11, 2013

    Nick Clegg to announce drive to narrow gap in UK regional growth

    A drive to narrow Britain’s regional disparities will be announced by Nick Clegg, deputy premier, on Wednesday as the...

  12. February 5, 2013

    Mistrust and anger fester among Tories

    David Cameron’s problems with his party have at their heart a simple fact: his failure to win an outright Tory majority at...

  13. November 7, 2012

    Bristol will be only city voting for mayor

    David Cameron called it a “once-in-a-generation chance to change the way our country is run” but in the end, voters in many...

  14. November 4, 2012

    There is no place for French-style protectionism in UK

    Should we put our faith in markets or does the gentleman in Whitehall (or Westminster) know best? Lord Heseltine argues in...

  15. November 2, 2012

    The Diary: AN Wilson

    Waking up in a strange hotel, I fumble for my favourite hot water-bottle, now cold, and my late mother’s little Roberts...

  16. October 31, 2012

    Heseltine’s report is a return to an unsuccessful past

    “No Stone Unturned”, Michael Heseltine’s report on economic growth, is an important and puzzling document. The UK economy,...

  17. October 31, 2012

    Heseltine’s zeal risks indigestion

    When Lord Heseltine was president of the board of trade in the 1990s, it was always his proud boast that he would intervene...

  18. October 23, 2012

    Heseltine’s ‘provocative’ plan for regions

    Michael Heseltine will next week set out plans to boost growth in Britain’s regions, with a focus on giving business leaders...

  19. August 13, 2012

    London’s East End shows limits of the state

    Nowadays, only Londoners of a certain age recall that the term “East End” was originally pejorative, a snooty synonym for...

  20. August 10, 2012

    The List: Politics and the art of the long goodbye

    This week chick-lit author turned Conservative MP Louise Mensch announced her resignation from parliament to spend more time...

  21. March 25, 2012

    Red-letter day for once revered institution

    Privatising Royal Mail will be one of the stiffest tasks in the 500-year history of the world’s oldest postal service. In...

  22. March 10, 2012

    Cable reassures Lib Dem left

    Vince Cable has launched a stinging attack on bankers and the rightwing of the Conservative party as he depicted himself to...

  23. February 23, 2012

    Labour MP charged over alleged brawl

    An MP who allegedly became involved in a bar brawl at the House of Commons has been charged with three counts of common...

  24. January 31, 2012

    Equipment manufacture dogs MoD

    If ministers hope they can take the politics out of buying defence equipment by insisting they will buy off-the-shelf from...

  25. December 30, 2011

    Tories debated letting Liverpool ‘decline’

    Senior members of Margaret Thatcher’s government argued that Merseyside and other deprived urban areas could be candidates...

  26. December 27, 2011

    A difficult path can lead to greater success

    One reason why I am fascinated by the world of business, and indeed really enjoy the company of entrepreneurs, is that...

  27. June 29, 2011

    Setting an example to sullen Whitehall

    Whitehall is said to be in “sullen” mood on the eve of strikes over coalition plans to scale back public sector pensions....

  28. June 3, 2011

    Cabinet credentials

    Michael Heseltine, the multi-millionaire Conservative party grandee, was once dismissed in the political diaries of the...

  29. March 25, 2011

    Throwbacks to the past to drag us into the future

    Angostura bitters and enterprise zones. Just the  names make you nostalgic, don’t they? But which of these throwbacks to...

  30. February 10, 2011

    Credit is due to Lord Howe for enterprise zones

    From Sir Adam Ridley. Sir, Your reports on February 7 of the coalition plans to set up enterprise zones gave an unbalanced...

  31. February 6, 2011

    Enterprise zones architect predicts localism clash

    Coalition plans to set up an array of Thatcherite “enterprise zones” fly in the face of the coalition government’s...

  32. January 20, 2011

    Balls has firepower to make Tories squirm

    When Ed Balls secured the job of shadowing Theresa May as home secretary, the groans from her advisers were audible. Ms May...

  33. December 2, 2010

    Heseltine begins regional road show

    Thirty years after Tarzan first swung through the concrete jungles of Britain’s blighted inner cities Michael Heseltine is...

  34. October 1, 2010

    Models for growth

    Is the world like Play-Doh or like Lego? That might seem like an odd question for an economist, but there were some...

  35. September 8, 2010

    Pickles hands audit work to NAO

    The assessment of value for money in local government and health, currently run by the Audit Commission, is to be handed to...

  36. July 25, 2010

    Give the next trade minister proper backing

    David Cameron this week leads an impressive delegation to India to build trade ties. Last week the prime minister appointed...

  37. May 13, 2010

    Stability lies in mutual policing

    The agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is likely to prove tougher and more binding than a traditional...

  38. May 13, 2010

    Stability lies in mutual policing, not fine print

    The agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is likely to prove tougher and more binding than a traditional...

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