Coalition must act over high energy bills say senior Tories

Coalition must act over high energy bills say senior Tories Conservatives fear Ed Miliband struck chord with public, but Labour divided as Peter Mandelson disagrees with price freeze.
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Letters: Multinationals are exploiting R&D tax breaks

The unstated story about Apple and taxes (How one Irish woman made $22bn for Apple, 29 May) is the problem of determining where value accrues in a digital transaction. If I import a novel in a country that charges duty, VAT or sales tax, the postal service may intercept it and charge me the taxes. […]
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Cameron moves to curb union funding of Labour’s election campaigns

Opposition protests at David Cameron ‘panic’ after surprise additions to anti-sleaze bill in response to lobbying scandal Downing Street was accused of conducting “shabby” politics by Labour after David Cameron and Nick Clegg took a new anti-sleaze bill announced in response to the lobbying scandal and inserted last-minute plans to clamp down on union funding […]
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Letters: The limits of lobbying in parliament

Recent stories of parliamentarians apparently agreeing to be paid by journalists posing as lobbyists raise difficult questions about our political system (Ministers race to change rules as lobbying scandals hit home, 3 June). They follow a depressingly familiar pattern of people at the end of their political careers appearing to tout themselves as – to […]
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Too many MPs are wrapped in the tentacles of the lobbyists | Andrew Rawnsley

The Patrick Mercer affair is just one small symptom of a much bigger and insidious subversion of democracyWhenever another one of them is caught, there is a temptation to sigh: will they never learn? Two decades have passed since the original cash-for-questions affair and one thing that some MPs have still not absorbed is this: […]
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Health groups dismayed by news ‘big tobacco’ funded rightwing thinktanks

The Adam Smith Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs received money from cigarette firms, it has been revealedTwo of Britain’s leading free-market thinktanks have been criticised for taking money from “big tobacco”. The Adam Smith Institute (ASI) and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) have received tens of thousands of pounds in funding from […]
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Cavity wall insulations crash by 97% following green deal introduction

Figures show that only 1,138 installations were completed in April this year, down from 49,650 in April 2012The number of homes installing cavity wall insulation has crashed by 97% since the government’s flagship energy–efficiency scheme was introduced, new figures have revealed.Previous energy-efficiency schemes meant cavity wall insulation – one of the cheapest ways of cutting […]
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Payday loan companies are bleeding an already indebted Britain dry | Stella Creasy

The government’s failure to regulate loan companies is leading to the exploitation of vulnerable, cash-strapped peopleNeither a borrower nor a lender be – but for many staying out of debt is becoming nigh on impossible. Who knows this the best? The legal loan sharks profiting from the austerity that Britain is currently experiencing. The Consumer […]
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Museum and gallery workers strike over pay and pensions

Walkouts and stoppages to be held at National Gallery, Tate galleries, Imperial War Museum and several other institutionsWorkers at museums and galleries are to go on strike in the latest phase of industrial action in a long-running row over jobs, pay and pensions. Staff at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Imperial War Museum […]
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High streets shrink in 10 out of 12 towns on Mary Portas scheme

Government blamed for inefficient use of money with 95 business units having closed in ailing targetsMary Portas’s scheme to revitalise ailing high streets has failed to stop the rot – with 10 out of the 12 towns selected to share £1.2m of taxpayers’ cash seeing an increase in empty shopping outlets.The towns – Bedford, Croydon, […]
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