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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.