Independent Scotland would have same influence in EU as Finland says CBI

Independent Scotland would have same influence in EU as Finland says CBI Business group says Scotland would face being left out in cold and Salmond’s plan to join EU within 18 months is ‘ambitious’.
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George Osborne’s growth plan relies on us accruing even more debt | Aditya Chakrabortty

For all their promises of a new economic model, Britain’s politicians on both sides remain stuck on the old debt-fuelled systemWhen the Great Collapse began in 2007, the men now in charge of our government knew exactly what to blame: debt. Britain was an “economy built on debt”, thundered George Osborne, as Northern Rock went […]
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British innovation is not dead. But it needs public investment to flourish | Stian Westlake

The potential of innovation to transform lives is as great as ever. Politicians should see that economic recovery depends on itSome of Britain’s sharpest journalists seem to be getting fed up with innovation.This week, Martin Wolf, the godfather of British economic journalists, claimed that the economy is stagnating because modern innovations don’t measure up to […]
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‘No industrial policy please, we’re British’ is out of date | Ha-Joon Chang

This view of Britishness is superficial and myopic – as Vince Cable and others recognise, and success at the Olympics provesOn Tuesday, Vince Cable, the business secretary, announced a raft of industrial policy measures. Getting star billing was the proposal to establish a new bank for business lending, but he also proposed investments in skills, […]
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Letter: Carbon revolution

Carbon capture has a lot to offer provided it is retro-fitted first to existing coal-fired power stations (Report, 10 May). Last week Help Rescue the Planet organised an international conference on climate change at the Royal Institute of British Architects next to the BBC on Portland Place. Among the 50 or so presentations was a revolutionary […]
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Clegg and Cameron’s cruellest day | Polly Toynbee

From business to the disabled, Monday was special even for a cabinet whose dogmatic bungling is unrivalled in modern BritainGreece, the birthplace of democracy, has set off a voters’ rebellion against the dictatorship of financiers. In the eye of the vortex, no one knows if the centre can hold or what happens next when voters […]
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UK health officials probe possible flu jab link to narcolepsy in children

Investigation centres on Pandemrix vaccine used extensively during ‘swine flu’ pandemic in 2009/10British health officials are investigating cases of narcolepsy in children amid concerns that pandemic flu vaccinations lie behind a rise in the sleep disorder seen in other countries.The Health Protection Agency is gathering vaccination histories and medical data on children aged four to […]
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Budget 2012: George Osborne is stuck in a failed economic model, circa 1979 | Seumas Milne

Economic recovery demands we ditch the myth that private rather than state investment drives industrial innovationShut your eyes and it’s as if the last 30 years never happened. David Cameron and George Osborne are taking us straight back to the 1980s. If the leaks of the past few days are correct, Wednesday’s budget is going […]
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Why taxpayers serve nuclear power and not the other way around

A year on from Fukushima’s meltdown, an extraordinarily clear-eyed analysis from an industry veteran rails against the ‘prophecies’ made by all sides of the debate”It would be ideal if Fukushima could steer us away from prophecies and towards a sensible assessment of market economics, climate science and nuclear risks. Then nuclear power would serve the […]
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