David Cameron to reinforce importance of Britain’s EU membership

David Cameron to reinforce importance of Britain’s EU membership PM to join forces with Kenneth Clarke prior to G8 summit to argue EU membership guarantees Britain a seat at the ‘top table’.
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Renewable energy is clean, cheap and here – what’s stopping us? | Ashley Seager

Energies such as solar and wind have seen dramatic price falls. The revolution in non-grid energy should be embraced by the UKThe report from the Committee on Climate Change arguing that investing in renewable energy would eventually save consumers a lot of money is spot on.We are regularly told by conventional utility companies, many politicians […]
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Dreams of a new Elizabethan age faded into the end of empire

Sixty years after her coronation in Westminster abbey, Elizabeth II can look back on an era of profound and awesome change’A coronation is a nation’s birthday,” wrote the great patriot historian Arthur Bryant in the official guide to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, “a nation is a union in both space and time. We are as […]
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It is absurd to pretend our armed forces fight only in just wars | Martin Kettle

The lessons of the first world war are not a settled question in modern Britain, nor is how to commemorate itLast autumn David Cameron went to London’s Imperial War Museum and announced plans for “a truly national commemoration” of the centenary of the first world war. There would be, he revealed, four years of events […]
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McDonald’s ‘Italianised’ menu: the future of fast food?

As we discovered last week in Italy, the company likes to to localise its menu. Can global chains ‘do’ regional specialities?Local, regional and artisan: these words have all become a part of our modern culinary vocabulary. They are choices that are made for a number of reasons – belief in authenticity, and the feelgood factor […]
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MasterCard and Visa battle it out with retailers in world war fees

The credit card giants may get a spanking from the regulator, but it is consumers who are set to be the real losersAre MasterCard and Visa ripping us off every time we make a payment using a debit or credit card? In a class action that makes the battle fought by Erin Brockovich look like […]
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News story: G8 transparency: UK and France join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

On Wednesday 22 May the Prime Minister and French President, François Hollande, announced that both countries will be signing up to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI was set up to help tackle corruption, to improve the way revenues from oil, gas and minerals are managed and to make sure that people across the […]
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Who dares to dodge Google’s information tax? | McKenzie Wark

In exchange for giving up our personal data, we get to watch each other’s cat videos, while Google becomes the new stateOf course Google doesn’t want to pay its taxes to the British crown, like a loyal corporate subject. In Google’s mind it secretly thinks that it is now something like a state, and we […]
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Artists criticise war centenary plan

Open letter to David Cameron describes conflict as a ‘military disaster and a human catastrophe’David Cameron’s plan to spend more than £50m marking the centenary of the first world war has been attacked by a group of actors, writers and campaigners including Jude Law and Michael Morpurgo, author of the children’s novel War Horse which […]
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