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Sustainability is the ally of growth, not the enemy

In Defra, like many other departments, it was more 52-card pickup than a reshuffle, with both Caroline Spelman and Jim Paice leaving the government to be replaced by Owen Paterson and David Heath.

The consequences of asking two new ministers to...

A New Golden Rule

What went wrong with the UK economy started going wrong several years before the financial crash of 2008. During the crash it got very much worse. It is still seriously wrong even now. Just as it dragged Labour down, so...

The Fair Society

It’s encouraging to see that fairness is back on the political agenda. Until recently, it might have looked to some observers as though there were only two sets of questions across which political lines were drawn. Questions, first, about how...

The folly of Osbornomics

Over the weekend it was reported that Iain Duncan Smith had complained to the BBC, accusing them of following Ed Miliband and Ed Balls's “reading of the economy”. In a particularly lurid image, the Secretary of State for Work and...

Save our high streets

At the end of last month a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that almostthree-quarters of high street shops were holding sales. This is highly unusual for this time of year and compares to 40 per cent of stores for the same...

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