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post 15 July 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Cabinet reshuffle: Gove clipped, women in

Education Secretary Michael Gove is to become the new chief whip in the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle of David Cameron's premiership.

post 23 June 2014
Read more on Michael's blog Would elected mayors 'put the rockets' on northern cities?

George Osborne has returned to that old favourite - elected mayors. A Heseltine old favourite, to be precise, developed during his period in the political wilderness.

post 11 June 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Economic recovery fuelled by cheap labour

Strong jobs growth continues as UK unemployment rate falls - but wage data show prices continue to rise much faster than pay packets.

article 06 June 2014 UK
The International Monetary Fund says it
UK economy performing well but risks ahead - IMF

The International Monetary Fund says it "clearly under-estimated" the strength of Britain's economic recovery, as Christine Lagarde plays down speculation about her leading the European Commission.

post 06 June 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Treasury excitement after IMF thumbs-up for UK austerity

The IMF's annual MOT on the British economy concludes that the coalition's austerity policies are justified - which has set Treasury officials leaping around like excited pixies.

article 30 May 2014
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Counting drugs and prostitutes - a political gift?

Britain's economy will get a 10bn boost when prostitution and drugs are included in GDP figures. But is there a moral equivalence between such services and sectors like agriculture and publishing?

article 02 May 2014 UK
A penthouse at a luxury apartment block in London is sold for a British record of  140m. Is this more evidence of an unwelcome housing bubble? (Getty)
by London penthouse sells for 140m. Should we care?

A penthouse at a luxury apartment block in London is sold for a British record of 140m. Is this more evidence of an unwelcome housing bubble?

article 29 April 2014 UK
The UK economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the first three months of 2014, with output now on the verge of reaching levels last seen before the financial crisis began six years ago (Getty)
UK economy continues to grow strongly

The UK economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the first three months of 2014, with output now on the verge of reaching levels last seen before the financial crisis began six years ago.

article 15 April 2014 UK
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UK workers could receive first real pay rise for six years

Inflation falls for the sixth month in succession in March paving the way for an end to the prolonged squeeze on wages, official figures show.