Britain’s banking system is not a national asset. It’s a curse | Lydia Prieg and Heather Stewart

It’s not just the economy that has been skewed out of shape by our financial services sector – society has been tooEven after more than five years of traumatic financial and economic crisis, Britain’s banks are often still presented as a source of national strength that must be shored up by taxpayers and protected by […]
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Greece in crisis: this is not a quarrel in a faraway land | Analysis

Britain’s huge banking sector will find itself on the frontline if Greek voters reject austerity, says Heather StewartIn September 1938, Neville Chamberlain described the growing conflict between Germany and Czechoslovakia as “a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing”. It would be easy to think much the same about the […]
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George Osborne wants to tap into a world awash with money

The chancellor is pushing privatisation by attracting investment, expertise and management prowess from overseas – but the government could borrow to invest under its own coloursPrivatisation is an emerging theme in the government’s plans for the public sector. The chancellor’s recent budget speech championed the sale of key public assets and relied heavily on foreign […]
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George Osborne caught in a tug-of-war as coalition splits over budget

Chancellor would like to lower top rate of tax, but Lib Dems are wary of endorsing ‘budget for the better-off’As George Osborne puts the finishing touches to his third budget he must, in one respect at least, be a little envious of the man he blames most for the country’s economic plight, his predecessor but […]
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Unemployment for women: what are the facts?

The number of women seeking Job Seeker’s Allowance has continuously risen and last month was no exception but what are the facts and what do the figures show?The latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today show that the number of women seeking Job Seeker’s Allowance has risen once again – the […]
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