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Heathrow offers quaint lessons in infrastructure

July 1, 2015

After at least six years of heated debate, a British government-appointed panel has backed the idea of a third runway for London’s largest airport. China has built 44 new airports in that time. The UK’s deliberative approach has advantages, but now it’s time to start building.

UK retreat from RBS is more important than value

March 6, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne now wants to return the bank rapidly to private hands after May’s election. Both strategy and governance have been flawed. Britain is wary of starting to reduce its 79 pct stake at a loss. But that’s a price worth paying to put RBS on a stable footing.

Review: Bank of England exposed, but not decoded

March 9, 2012

The central bank is as powerful as at any time in its 318-year history, yet remains stubbornly opaque. Dan Conaghan’s “The Bank” attempts to chart its recent history. Though far from definitive, the book is the best available guide to an increasingly important institution.