The private sector vs. definitions of fairness

By Reuters Staff
October 25, 2010

– Ingrid Smith is Business Planning Editor,  Reuters Consumer Television –

MPs and the property market: an uneasy pairing

By Estelle Shirbon
June 1, 2010

BRITAIN-ELECTION/Would you have an MP for a tenant? Not so long ago, those two letters placed after a person’s name were seen as a mark of respectability, but the unending drama of the expenses scandal has blown all that away.

Reality intrudes on new British political order

May 25, 2010

cameron_cleggBritain’s new political order was on display in the House of Commons on Tuesday when Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg squeezed  happily between Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague  on the government front bench.

George Osborne takes risk with rhetoric

May 17, 2010

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George Osborne once said he spends more time thinking about politics than he does about economics.

New politics? Looks like more of the same to me

May 13, 2010

When I interviewed David Cameron earlier this year after an event at Thomson Reuters in which he, George Osborne and Ken Clarke delivered their views on the economy under a “Vote For Change” banner, I suggested that watching three white, middle-aged men talking about what was good for Britain didn’t feel much like change to me. Cameron jokingly replied that Clarke, 69, would be flattered to be described as middle-aged.

How long can the negotiations go on?

May 11, 2010

It should have been all over now. But no, we’re on day five and no one really seems to know which way things are going to go.

Irish lesson for Clegg: get coalition right or face oblivion

May 10, 2010

If the Irish experience of coalition politics is anything to go by, Nick Clegg risks a lot more than unpopularity if he strikes a half-baked coalition deal with the Conservative Party. He also faces electoral oblivion should he fail to win enough concessions and power to carry his grassroots supporters with him.

Third-world voting system in UK? No, not really

By Estelle Shirbon
May 7, 2010

The airwaves have been filled with comments from furious voters who were unable to cast their ballots last night. We Brits think we can go around the world lecturing other countries on how to hold democratic elections, they say. But we can’t do it ourselves! We’re no better than those third-world countries!

Elections don’t get more exciting than this

May 6, 2010

It’s going to be a long night! Cliffhanger, nailbiter, whatever you want to call it — it doesn’t get more exciting than this.

Twitter users still agree with Nick

May 5, 2010

One the eve of the general election, our exclusive Twitter analysis of political sentiment shows that while the latest opinion polls point to a late rally by Gordon Brown’s Labour Party, users of the micro-blogging site still favour Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats over the other two main parties.