Corporate tax: our mainstream parties all fawned over multinationals | the big issue

Tax should be paid to the society from which the revenues are drawn’Tis much ado about nothing or, as Freud would have said, “the narcissism of small differences” (“How our tax inspectors fell in love with tycoons”, Nick Cohen).Britain’s mainstream parties pretend to differ on the taxation of multi-nationals yet were happy with Revenue & […]
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George Osborne may not be dead in the water after all. What will Labour do then? | Gaby Hinsliff

The IMF may today deliver good(ish) news on the economy. Even a fake recovery would be bad news for the two EdsIt has been a truth universally acknowledged for some time in politics that George Osborne is a busted flush. After all, the chancellor is relentlessly hammered from left and from right these days, by […]
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Pressure and job insecurity felt by UK workers at 20-year high

Survey reveals British employees’ concerns over pay and their lack of control in the workplaceBritish workers are feeling less secure and more pressured at work than at any time in the past 20 years, with pay cuts and diminished control over their jobs among the biggest concerns, according to a national survey of employees’ wellbeing.More […]
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Newsnight needs less of the night, more of the news

Hiring Ian Katz from the Guardian is brave, but something radical is needed to save a format that starts too late and runs too longThe question – you might call it the £4m question after the Help for Heroes debacle – is whether Newsnight deserves to survive. Not exposing Savile, falsely exposing McAlpine, painfully exposing […]
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Post Office unveils new current accounts

Three products will initially be offered to customers in 29 branches across East Anglia before going nationwide in 2014The Post Office is taking on the high street banks with the launch of three current accounts – and has already won the endorsement of a government minister.It will offer a fee-free standard current account that comes […]
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Autumn-born teenagers should be set higher GCSE pass marks

Institute for Fiscal Studies says pass marks should be lower for those born in the summerTeenagers born earlier in the school year should be set higher pass marks in their GCSEs, experts argue in a paper on Friday .The Institute for Fiscal Studies, the respected economics thinktank, is calling for pupils in primary and secondary […]
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Boris Johnson’s amusing and amazing half-true statistics | Simon Hoggart

The London mayor was beguiling, David Cameron upbeat. But which one would be the best blogger?”This is less of a speech, more of a download!” cried David Cameron. He was speaking at a conference on investing in Britain. And download he did. So, three hours later, did Boris Johnson. Both want to be the country’s […]
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Letters: Democracy too costly for ‘nudgers’

The problem with No 10’s “nudge unit” personality test for jobseekers is not that it uses the wrong number of questions but that it is being used at all (Personality test for jobseekers is a failure, say its creators, 7 May). The scandal, as you pointed out some days ago, is that the jobless are asked […]
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UK cuts less severe than those of US, France and Spain, says Nick Clegg

Deputy PM says UK austerity measures are ‘not as remorseless, rigid and dogmatic as some of our critics suggest’The coalition has a more flexible and measured deficit reduction plan than the Americans, French and Spanish, Nick Clegg has said.Clegg, speaking to floating voters on a boat on the Thames for his weekly LBC radio phone-in, […]
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How can prisoners ‘work harder’ when they’ve got nothing to do?

It may not be what he intended, but Chris Grayling’s criticism exposes the flaws of privately run prisonsOpening today’s papers, I was bemused to read about Chris Grayling’s plans for prison reform. He says he wants to make prisoners “work harder” for their privileges, but doesn’t give any details about what such “privileges” that reward […]
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