from MacroScope:

UK goes crisis camping

August 5, 2009

If the Hollands Wood campsite in the New Forest, near England's south coast is anything to go by, the recession really is altering the holidaymaking habits of the British public.

from Global Investing:

Is it time for a Scottish wealth fund?

July 29, 2009

Oxford SWF Project, a university think tank on sovereign wealth funds, is looking at reports that the latest entry in the field could be Scotland. The project has a new post about the Scottish government floating the idea of an oil stabilisation fund to use oil and gas revenues.  It cites Scottish cabinet secretary for finance John Swinney looking abroad gleefully:

from MacroScope:

UK heading for second downturn?

July 17, 2009

MacroScope is pleased to post the following from guest blogger Julian Chillingworth. Chillingworth is chief investment officer of UK investor Rathbones. He questions here whether Britain will face a second downturn shortly after struggling out of recession.

from MacroScope:

What me, British economist?

July 15, 2009

Time was when a British education had a cachet, especially among Britain's far-flung colonial territories.

Is Britain paying too high a price in Afghanistan?

July 8, 2009

The death toll among British troops in Afghanistan is rising fast.  The soldier who died on Tuesday was the seventh to die in the last week and the 176th since the war began.

from MacroScope:

Crisis, what crisis, time again in Britain

July 7, 2009

Britain's recession, like the downturns in most other places, is being hailed as either having reachえd bottom or tailed off in its decline. The latest to trumpet the beginning of the end is the British Chambers of Commerce, which said business orders and sales had continued to fall in the second quarter but at a slower pace than previously.

from Global News Journal:

Germany’s Finance Minister takes aim at the City

July 2, 2009

Has German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck finally said what many world leaders think but are afraid to say? That the British government won't sign up to meaningful reform of financial markets because it is too worried about what it would mean for the country’s most famous cash cow, the City of London.

MPs shoot themselves in foot over expenses

June 19, 2009

The online release of MPs’ expense claims has only served to further dent their already battered reputation.

Is powerful Mandy talking up the euro?

June 14, 2009

When Prime Minister Gordon Brown reshuffled his cabinet last week, fending off a challenge to his authority, a significant outcome was the creation of one of the most powerful ministerial jobs Britain has seen in years.

Is Britain being too slow in promoting broadband?

June 11, 2009

A new report from Ofcom, reveals that more than 30 percent of homes in Britain don’t have basic broadband service.