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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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