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article 19 August 2014 UK
Rail passengers will have to pay an extra 3.5 per cent for their season tickets in January on top of the big increases they have seen since the last election (Getty)
Fair fares? Cost of rail tickets rises as wages stagnate

Rail passengers will have to pay an extra 3.5 per cent for their season tickets in January on top of the big increases they have seen since the last election.

article 10 August 2014 UK
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Baroness Warsi: 'Tories can't win general election'

David Cameron won't win a majority at the next election because he has failed to woo ethnic minorities, according to Baroness Warsi, Britain's first female Muslim cabinet minister.

post 25 July 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Osborne marks GDP moment

George Osborne's response to news that Britain has recovered all the ground lost in the recession of 2008-09 speaks volumes of a government that believes it can win the election.

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?