Time for the people to decide on Britain’s democratic future?

June 10, 2009

Britain’s embattled political class are falling over themselves to modernise parliament, but given we have fully embraced the Internet age the proposals have a rather tame feel about them.

Celebrities fill void of confidence in British politics

May 22, 2009

These days in Britain, it’s no honour to be a Member of Parliament.

Begrimed by the scandal over their petty expense claims, MPs have fallen so low in the public’s esteem as to displace even bankers and journalists from their usual ranking as the dregs of society.

from MacroScope:

UK house prices close to a trough?

May 21, 2009

MacroScope is pleased to post the following from guest blogger Simon Ward. Simon is chief economist of Henderson Global Investors in London and previously worked for New Star Asset Management and Lombard Street Research. His own blog is Money Moves Markets.

from Africa News blog:

A question of scale

May 18, 2009

For days now Britons have been regaled with newspaper stories detailing the dubious expense claims of their Members of Parliament.

Is the government being unfair to Gurkhas?

April 24, 2009

Nepalese Gurkhas have a long and justifiably proud history of serving alongside Britain – Gurkha units fought with the East India Company in India as early as 1817. Over the years, the Gurkhas have developed a reputation for tenacity, bravery and dogged loyalty to their adopted army.

Punters cash in on Darling’s budget tie choice

April 22, 2009

Smokers and top earners were clear losers in Britain’s budget this year, as the government hiked taxes on cigarettes and the highest incomes.

from The Great Debate UK:

The devil will be in the Budget detail

April 22, 2009

fay-- Fay Goddard is chief executive of The Personal Finance Society. Any opinions expressed are her own. --

Another bumper Budget?

April 21, 2009

All we’ve heard for the past few weeks is how little room there is for Labour to pump more money into the economy to fight the recession.

from MacroScope:

Show us the money

April 17, 2009

It says something about the current world that a new economic indicator is about to be unleashed by the Bank of England and it basically tells you whether banks have been doing what they are supposed to do -- lend.

Fit for a banquet?

By Reuters Staff
March 30, 2009

By Rosalba O’Brien

I’ll tell the truth. When I went to preview tonight’s royal banquet at Britain’s Buckingham Palace, being held as part of the pomp accompanying the state visit of the Mexican president Felipe Calderon, I expected to be writing something on the lines of ‘Credit crunch? What credit crunch?’ – not for the global aristocracy, diplomatic corps and oil company bosses in attendance.