Concerns mount over HS2 ‘gravy’ train

The IoD calls rail link a ‘vanity project’, yet it has its fans

Fringe parties thrive as UK voters cut old ties

Boom in membership of Greens, Ukip and SNP bucks long-term trend

Business secretary Vince Cable

Cable calls on companies to limit top pay

UK government reviewing first year of “say on pay” reforms

Corporate Britain learns to live with political risk

Uncertainty is intrinsic to any democracy. UK plc must get used to it

Britain bids adieu to stable politics

Strong Labour or Conservative government is being replaced by European-style coalitions

Chindits revived as ‘Facebook warriors’

Reborn brigade will wear forebears’ badge to ‘fight in information age’

Data experts admit rent inflation error

Higher estimates relieve fears of house price bubble, says ONS

London mayor’s Olympicopolis gathers pace

Critics say plans exacerbate capital-centric arts funding

EasyJet backs Heathrow runway bid

Gatwick dismisses view as based on ‘narrow commercial interests’

Hampton destined to stay on shore

The Greens and the the City plus Scots Wha Hae

Record numbers seek UK university places

Ucas hails finding that youngsters from poorest areas more likely to apply

Gatwick expansion plans attacked by MPs

Local Tories say it would cause ‘irreparable damage’ to area

West must tell hard truths to the Saudis

US and UK public opinion will harden unless kingdom reforms

EU reforms to break up big banks at risk

Member states and industry lobby join forces to replace ‘too big to fail’ protection with soft options

Schools data should assist parents

UK government is right to change how performance is ranked

Priorities revealed for EU capital markets union

Brussels shake-up for pensions, crowdfunding and infrastructure

Greens, Ukip and SNP set out plans

People’s Bank, turnover tax and ‘a day of reckoning’

Headteachers hit at school league tables

Private providers in UK say comparisons are meaningless

Miliband pledges Scotland ‘home rule’ bill

Labour leader says vote for SNP will let Tories in

Business weighs ‘surreal’ coalition risks

Surge in support for political minnows creates huge uncertainty