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.... First Austria chose a Green president over a nationalist one. Then the populist PVV party of Geert Wilders received a paltry 15% of the vote in the Dutch general elections. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Brexit has set a hungry cat among the financial pigeons of the City of London. No one yet knows what kind of access to the European Union’s single financial market UK-based firms will have, and Theresa May’s call for a general election to be held on 8 June has further clouded the picture, at least in the short term. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Rightmove said strong numbers of house sales being agreed – at levels not seen since before the credit crunch – have helped to keep pushing asking prices upwards. Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said there were signs of a “strong spring market”, which should help to offset any jitters in the market before the general election on 8 June. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The Office for National Statistics is due to publish its initial estimate for first quarter GDP on Friday. Brexit and the health of the economy will form a central part of the general election campaign waged in the run-up to the snap poll on 8 June. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... But the claim that the referendum produced an irreversible verdict is phony. Just as a general election gives voters the right to revisit the choice of government that they made at the previous election, it also gives them the right to revisit a referendum result as long as the parties make clear that choosing or aborting Brexit is a key difference on offer. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... He said he favoured a more transparent energy tariff that was fairer for consumers but unregulated. Energy UK said that whoever won in the general election on 8 June should also take a new tack on solving fuel poverty, which affected 2. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....3% to a new closing peak and the FTSE 100 recovering 2. 1% to 7,264 after last week’s slump in the wake of the UK general election announcement. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“The UK pension is pretty low,” he said. The state pension has become a key focus in the early stages of the general election campaign, with a refusal from Theresa May on Wednesday to rule out that a re-elected Conservative government would scrap the so-called “triple lock”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....UK shares joined in a European rally in equities following the first round of France's presidential vote that also sparked a jump in the euro. The FTSE 100 index clawed back some of the losses triggered by last week's announcement of a general election, closing up 2% at 7,264. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. A planned tax raid affecting more than two million people is one of several measures that have been dropped by the government as the general election draws near, it emerged today. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The government appears to have performed a weekend U-turn on business rates and says a £300m relief fund to help small businesses worst hit by the shakeup is now available for councils to share out. On Friday the Guardian was told by the Department for Communities and Local Government that although the consultation on how to distribute the money was complete it would require the approval of the new government – signalling a hiatus of several months until after the 8 June general election. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Vince Cable and Ed Davey, the former business and energy secretaries respectively, are among the Liberal Democrats that lost their seats in 2015 who are plotting their way back to parliament in this general election. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....A commission spokesman said Juncker had a “constructive meeting” with May, where they discussed the article 50 process, as well as “the broader geopolitical agenda and issues of strategic interest to both”. The visit was arranged before the prime minister called a snap general election last week. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“While monthly figures can be volatile, the recent softening in price growth may be a further indication that households are starting to react to the emerging squeeze on real incomes or to affordability pressures in key parts of the country,” Gardner said. He said the outlook for the property market over the coming months was particularly difficult to predict because of the upcoming general election and uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit negotiations. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Howard Archer, the chief UK economist at IHS Markit, said the lower deficit would be welcome news for Hammond. “This is helpful for the chancellor’s and government’s credibility, which is all the more welcome given the looming snap general election,” he said. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. The Conservative party’s proposed price cap on energy bills is “very different” from the price freeze advocated by Ed Miliband at the last general election, according to Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary and former energy minister. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Earlier in April the GBP/EUR exchange rate surged after Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly announced the intention to hold a snap general election in June. ... [Read full article on Daily Express ]
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. Theresa May is considering replacing the “triple lock”, which guarantees a minimum increase in the state pension each year, with a less generous “double lock” commitment in the Conservative party’s general election manifesto, and spending some of the money saved on social care. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Theresa May should give Labour a round of applause for highlighting the scandal of rip-off gas and electricity bills, the former shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has said after senior Conservatives confirmed their manifesto will include an energy price cap. Capping utility bills was a key policy in Labour’s 2015 general election manifesto, but was rubbished by David Cameron as evidence that Ed Miliband wanted to live in a “Marxist universe”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... . Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, says Labour’s pledge is “naked electioneering” and we can expect more in the weeks ahead: “The general election is likely to be a bun fight for the ‘grey vote’. ... [Read full article on Daily Express ]
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UK house prices fall again in April as buyers feel the pinch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:15:39 AM
....“While monthly figures can be volatile, the recent softening in price growth may be a further indication that households are starting to react to the emerging squeeze on real incomes or to affordability pressures in key parts of the country,” Gardner said. He said the outlook for the property market over the coming months was particularly difficult to predict because of the upcoming general election and uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit negotiations. ...
Energy bill caps put billions in investment at risk, say suppliers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:01:33 AM
.... He said he favoured a more transparent energy tariff that was fairer for consumers but unregulated. Energy UK said that whoever won in the general election on 8 June should also take a new tack on solving fuel poverty, which affected 2. ...
Be bold Labour: promise to abandon this ruinous Brexit | Jonathan Steele image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:50:15 PM
.... But the claim that the referendum produced an irreversible verdict is phony. Just as a general election gives voters the right to revisit the choice of government that they made at the previous election, it also gives them the right to revisit a referendum result as long as the parties make clear that choosing or aborting Brexit is a key difference on offer. ...
Pensions triple lock: what you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 01:39:07 PM
. Theresa May is considering replacing the “triple lock”, which guarantees a minimum increase in the state pension each year, with a less generous “double lock” commitment in the Conservative party’s general election manifesto, and spending some of the money saved on social care. ...
UK should axe state pension for rich people, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:15:15 AM
....“The UK pension is pretty low,” he said. The state pension has become a key focus in the early stages of the general election campaign, with a refusal from Theresa May on Wednesday to rule out that a re-elected Conservative government would scrap the so-called “triple lock”. ...
CBI warns against Brexit divorce bill row putting EU-UK trade ties at risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:14:03 PM
....A commission spokesman said Juncker had a “constructive meeting” with May, where they discussed the article 50 process, as well as “the broader geopolitical agenda and issues of strategic interest to both”. The visit was arranged before the prime minister called a snap general election last week. ...
Should you buy euros before the next round of the French election? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 01:07:00 PM
. Earlier in April the GBP/EUR exchange rate surged after Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly announced the intention to hold a snap general election in June. ...
Will London survive as a financial centre after Brexit? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 07:08:45 AM
....Brexit has set a hungry cat among the financial pigeons of the City of London. No one yet knows what kind of access to the European Union’s single financial market UK-based firms will have, and Theresa May’s call for a general election to be held on 8 June has further clouded the picture, at least in the short term. ...
Tax raid postponed as ministers rush through finance bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 04:42:20 PM
. A planned tax raid affecting more than two million people is one of several measures that have been dropped by the government as the general election draws near, it emerged today. ...
UK government borrowing at lowest level since 2008 financial crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:39:40 AM
....Howard Archer, the chief UK economist at IHS Markit, said the lower deficit would be welcome news for Hammond. “This is helpful for the chancellor’s and government’s credibility, which is all the more welcome given the looming snap general election,” he said. ...
The doom-mongers got it wrong: the centre is holding in Europe | Joris Luyendijk image
.... First Austria chose a Green president over a nationalist one. Then the populist PVV party of Geert Wilders received a paltry 15% of the vote in the Dutch general elections. ...
Tories pinched Labour's energy price cap – but now we need detail | Nils Pratley image
. The Conservative party’s proposed price cap on energy bills is “very different” from the price freeze advocated by Ed Miliband at the last general election, according to Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary and former energy minister. ...
Minister makes U-turn over £300m business rates relief fund image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:16:40 PM
....The government appears to have performed a weekend U-turn on business rates and says a £300m relief fund to help small businesses worst hit by the shakeup is now available for councils to share out. On Friday the Guardian was told by the Department for Communities and Local Government that although the consultation on how to distribute the money was complete it would require the approval of the new government – signalling a hiatus of several months until after the 8 June general election. ...
Stock markets surge after French election result image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 09:34:27 AM
....3% to a new closing peak and the FTSE 100 recovering 2. 1% to 7,264 after last week’s slump in the wake of the UK general election announcement. ...
FTSE 100 up 2% as European stocks rally after French vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 07:55:14 AM
....UK shares joined in a European rally in equities following the first round of France's presidential vote that also sparked a jump in the euro. The FTSE 100 index clawed back some of the losses triggered by last week's announcement of a general election, closing up 2% at 7,264. ...
Asking prices for homes rise to record average of £313,655 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
....Rightmove said strong numbers of house sales being agreed – at levels not seen since before the credit crunch – have helped to keep pushing asking prices upwards. Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said there were signs of a “strong spring market”, which should help to offset any jitters in the market before the general election on 8 June. ...
Inflation puts the brakes on Britain's economic activity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... The Office for National Statistics is due to publish its initial estimate for first quarter GDP on Friday. Brexit and the health of the economy will form a central part of the general election campaign waged in the run-up to the snap poll on 8 June. ...
Ding ding! All aboard the ex-Lib Dem minister's solar-powered bus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:53:02 PM
. Vince Cable and Ed Davey, the former business and energy secretaries respectively, are among the Liberal Democrats that lost their seats in 2015 who are plotting their way back to parliament in this general election. ...
What does the snap election mean for your finances? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 01:10:00 PM
.... . Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, says Labour’s pledge is “naked electioneering” and we can expect more in the weeks ahead: “The general election is likely to be a bun fight for the ‘grey vote’. ...
Tories accused of stealing Labour's energy price cap promise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:26:37 AM
....Theresa May should give Labour a round of applause for highlighting the scandal of rip-off gas and electricity bills, the former shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has said after senior Conservatives confirmed their manifesto will include an energy price cap. Capping utility bills was a key policy in Labour’s 2015 general election manifesto, but was rubbished by David Cameron as evidence that Ed Miliband wanted to live in a “Marxist universe”. ...
Snap election delays £300m relief package for small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 09:48:24 AM
. Thousands of small businesses hit hardest by the recent changes to business rates in the UK have been dealt a fresh blow after a £300m relief package promised in the budget was waylaid by the general election. ...
UK retail surge since Brexit vote comes to an end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:11:30 PM
....A dry spell for the housing market – which has had almost a year of lacklustre sales, according to surveyors’ body Rics – was blamed for a steep fall in sales of household goods and furniture. The slump comes as the political parties fire their opening salvoes in the general election campaign. ...
Philip Hammond signals ditching of Tory 'no tax rise' pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 12:58:04 PM
....But they could help the Conservatives attract centre-ground voters. Insiders told the Guardian that senior Tories believe they could lose 10 to 15 seats to the Liberal Democrats in the snap June general election. ...
Inquiry into Murdoch's Sky deal delayed until after general election image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 11:30:59 AM
....An investigation by the UK media regulator into Rupert Murdoch’s £11. 7bn takeover of Sky has been delayed until after the general election. ...
Government extends Sky takeover inquiry image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 11:29:35 AM
....The government has given regulators more time to investigate the proposed takeover of broadcaster Sky by 21st Century Fox. The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, said she had extended the deadline because of the forthcoming general election. ...
Yorkshire Building Society launches record low 0.89% mortgage rate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:01:02 PM
....Mohammad Jamei, the CML’s senior economist, said there had been a shift in lending towards first-time buyer and remortgage customers in recent months, and away from home movers and buy-to-let landlords. He added that the general election in June was not expected to have a marked effect on the mortgage market. ...
The Guardian view on the IMF: a global institution in an age of protection | Editorial image
.... It thinks that the economy surfed through the second half of 2016 on a wave of consumer credit, but will still suffer longer-term damage. This will be reflected in the fund’s annual health check on the UK, which was due to take place next month but has been delayed by the general election to later in the year. ...
World Bank chief echoes Bill Gates's warning to Theresa May on aid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 05:22:34 PM
....May is under pressure from the Tory right, Ukip and Conservative-supporting papers to cut aid spending. She pointedly refused this week to say she would keep to the commitment in the event of winning the forthcoming general election, prompting strong speculation that it will be abandoned. ...
London shares stagnate in shade of UK election campaign image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 07:38:55 AM
UK gas and electricity customers face price rise double whammy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 05:59:19 AM
....In March Theresa May said her government was preparing to intervene in Britain’s energy market to weaken the influence of the big six providers and to stop the poorest families being forced on to the most expensive tariffs. Experts had expected a move on Monday, but the calling of the general election means that it will have to be part of the Conservative election manifesto instead. ...
George Osborne: history will not be kind to a man whose flaws led to Brexit image
....Had things turned out differently, George Osborne would now be counting down the days to becoming prime minister. His close friend David Cameron had pledged to stand down before the next general election and a smooth transition was planned. ...
Burberry's sales growth slows despite 'exceptional' UK performance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 05:23:32 PM
.... The relative strength of the dollar during the period also encouraged Americans to shop abroad. Analysts are now concerned that the benefits Burberry has enjoyed from the low value of the pound will disappear given the recent rise in sterling ahead of the UK general election. ...
UK government vows strong action to rein in energy companies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:25:24 PM
....The government will take muscular action to tackle rising electricity and gas bills because energy companies are milking disadvantaged people, the business secretary has said. Greg Clark said Theresa May’s decision to call a surprise general election for 8 June meant events had intervened in his plans, which were expected to be announced as soon as next week. ...
Will a snap general election affect your investments? image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:00:00 PM
Investors think the election means a softer Brexit – are they right? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:40:16 PM
.... Part of the rest can be explained by a stronger pound, which tends to depresses the value of the many big dollar-earners in the index. The real question is why sterling, which hit a six-month high, reacted so strongly to an early general election. ...
FTSE 100 suffers worst day since Brexit vote after May calls election image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 05:11:25 PM
. More than £45bn was knocked off the value of shares in Britain’s biggest companies following Theresa May’s snap general election announcement, with the FTSE 100 index suffering its worst day since the Brexit referendum as a rally in the pound hit the stock market. ...
Next boss misses out on annual bonus for first time in 18 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 04:15:22 PM
....Wolfson has said he is “extremely cautious” about the outlook for the year ahead as shoppers continue to spend less on clothes, growth in consumer incomes weakens and prices rise as a result of the fall in sterling. House of Fraser finance director Colin Elliot said on Tuesday he was also cautious and expecting “another challenging year” in 2017 amid uncertainty over the UK’s relationship with Europe and the snap general election announced on Tuesday. ...
IMF ratchets up UK economic growth forecast to 2% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 01:00:29 PM
....“Capitulating to those pressures would result in a self-inflicted wound, leading to higher prices for consumers and businesses, lower productivity, and therefore, lower overall real income for households,” Obstfeld said. Speaking at a press conference following the publication of the report, Obstfeld said the snap general election could create short-term uncertainty but the outlook could stabilise after polling day. ...
Labour plans clampdown on 'sweetheart deals' to close £36bn tax gap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 11:01:09 PM
....The Labour party has said it would force big companies to publish full tax returns to expose any “sweetheart” deals that firms arrange with the taxman to potentially reduce their tax bills. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said if Labour wins the next general election it would “close the loopholes through which large corporations swindle the public”. ...
Brexit hasn’t happened yet – and it is changing all the time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 06:00:00 AM
....Well, one can agree with that. The irony is that the protest vote should have taken place in the general election, which took place after five years of unjustifiable austerity – a policy and outcome which contributed hugely to that feeling that the country was “not working” for so many. ...
Why becoming a tax haven would be bad news for Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:30:42 PM
.... Singapore has had the same party in power since 1959. Jersey, meanwhile, has never had a general election, the members of its parliament (the States) being subject to re-election at varying times. ...
U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:30:48 PM
....Labour's Jeremy Corbyn said the U-turn showed a government "in chaos". Mr Hammond had faced a backlash by Conservative backbenchers last week, who accused him of breaking a general election manifesto commitment not to put up National Insurance, income tax or VAT. ...
Budget deficit beyond 2025 warns spending watchdog image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 09:26:55 PM
....Even if benefits were held down, he argued, pressure would come from the rising social and health care costs resulting from an ageing population. The previous coalition government, which came into office in 2010 originally set a target of clearing the deficit by the time of the 2015 general election. ...
Energy companies ‘ripping off’ millions, ministers say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:05:09 AM
....” Penrose will propose a new “relative price cap”, under which customers cannot be transferred to a new deal more than 6% more expensive than their expired one. A recent report into the energy market by the Competition and Markets Authority, commissioned by David Cameron before the 2015 general election, found customers had paid £1. ...
MPs not appeased by May's decision to review self-employed tax hike image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 06:48:53 PM
....David Cameron was also dragged into the row, after a video clip from Thursday’s Iraq and Afghanistan memorial unveiling appeared to show him saying to the defence secretary, Michael Fallon: “Breaking a manifesto promise, how stupid can you get?”. But some MPs blamed Cameron and his chancellor, George Osborne, for making the sweeping pledge not to raise national insurance and income tax, come what may, as they approached the 2015 general election. ...
Forget Brexit: housing is the key issue for Labour | Phil McDuff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 12:04:31 PM
.... Labour should be the ones to push for reform, but the party is still trapped in its internal crisis. The middle classes they are relying on to avoid being wiped out at the next general election are exposed to a lot of downside risk if house prices flatten or drop. ...
May defends 'fair' National Insurance rise amid criticism image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:28:31 PM
...." . The Conservatives' last general election manifesto explicitly ruled out rises in National Insurance, VAT and income tax during the lifetime of the current Parliament. ...
Hammond went where Osborne feared to tread with tax on self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:41:03 PM
.... That’s the news. Dipping into the pockets of sole traders would have been bad enough, without the fact that the policy appeared to contradict a clear promise in the Tory general election manifesto – not to raise national insurance rates. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
....”. Chris Leslie, a former shadow chancellor, asked in the Commons: “On the point about the increase in national insurance contributions for the self-employed, don’t you think that the chancellor needs to explain why he’s breaking a manifesto promise made in the 2015 general election manifesto on that?”. ...
Budget: Does NI rate rise break a pledge? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 03:04:52 PM
....Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced increases in the rate of National Insurance paid by self-employed workers. But in the Conservative Party's manifesto for the 2015 general election, it promised: "We will not raise VAT, National Insurance contributions or income tax". ...
Self-employed hit by national insurance hike in budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:24:49 PM
....”. Chris Leslie, former Labour shadow chancellor, said during the Commons debate on the budget: “On the point about the increase in national insurance contributions for the self-employed, don’t you think that the chancellor needs to explain why he’s breaking a manifesto promise made in the 2015 general election manifesto on that?”. ...
Murdoch's 21st Century Fox bid for Sky should be rejected, minister told image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 09:38:50 AM
....In support, he cited the fact that the Sun’s audience reach had increased after the removal of the paywall for its digital content despite declining print circulation; the increased reach for Sky television services through digital services such as YouTube; and research from Cardiff University last year that the newspapers had a disproportionate impact on broadcasters, for example. Cardiff University research on coverage of the 2015 general election “demonstrates the influence of national newspapers – and News UK titles in particular – over the issue agenda of broadcasters including the BBC”, it said. ...
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to formally notify EU of Sky bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:50:03 PM
....In support he cited the fact that the Sun’s audience reach had increased after the removal of the paywall for its digital content despite declining print circulation; the increased reach for Sky television services through digital services such as Youtube; and research from Cardiff university last year that the newspapers had a disproportionate impact on broadcasters. Cardiff University research on coverage of the 2015 general election “demonstrates the influence of national newspapers – and News UK titles in particular – over the issue agenda of broadcasters including the BBC”, it said. ...
Business rates a 'ticking time bomb' for small firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 08:29:46 PM
....The Federation of Small Business is warning than half of those facing hikes will reduce, postpone or cancel investment, with nearly a fifth considering closing down or selling up. Revaluations happen every five years, but the 2015 reset was postponed ahead of the last general election - hence the severity of the moves. ...
Brexit is a Whitehall farce that threatens the heart of Europe image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 07:00:23 AM
.... It will demand that we pay up for our £50bn of legal obligations, which will dwarf the putative £350m a week promised on the ridiculous Leavers’ battle bus during the referendum campaign. Ah, but “the people have spoken”, have they not? Well, it is a fine democratic tradition that, after they have spoken in a general election, the people can speak again, often with a somewhat different view. ...
Canada's Trump? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:33:29 AM
....An outspoken businessman who found fame on American reality TV is betting the wave of populist sentiment will help him upend Canada's political establishment. Kevin O'Leary is one of 14 candidates vying for the leadership of Canada's Conservative Party on 27 May and to challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the general election two years later. ...
‘From bad to worse’: Greece hurtles towards a final reckoning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 12:05:16 AM
.... On Friday, EU officials announced that the deadline had been all but missed because there had been little convergence between the two sides. With the Netherlands holding general elections next month, and France and Germany also heading to the polls in May and September, fears of the dispute becoming increasingly politicised have added to its complexity. ...
UK offshore wind 'will lower energy bills' more than nuclear image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 01:30:13 PM
....”. Renewable energy supplies one-quarter of Britain’s electricity, he said, compared with a marginal amount before the 2010 general election, when the first of three Conservative-led governments came to power. ...
Calling the latest Greek deal a sticking plaster does disrespect to the Elastoplast image
....Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, is the chair of the Eurogroup of finance ministers put in charge of finding a solution. But he could be out of job soon if his Labour party suffers a second massive reversal in the coming general election. ...
PM to reaffirm green belt pledge despite plans to ramp up housebuilding image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:34:41 PM
....Theresa May will this week reaffirm a Conservative commitment to protecting the green belt, despite unveiling a government strategy that aims to ramp up the pace of housebuilding to ensure 1m new homes are built by 2020. The prime minister will seek to reassure Tory MPs and grassroots activists who have expressed concerns about the plans that she will not be rolling back on a pledge made by her predecessor, David Cameron, during the last general election. ...
Greek debt crisis: an existentialist drama with no good end in sight | Larry Elliott image
.... The German public thinks enough aid has already been given to Greece, a country it considers is not doing enough to help itself. Opposition to further debt relief is strong and a general election is looming. ...
Theresa May to offer more security for renters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of February 2017 11:44:42 PM
.... By emphasising the rights of renters, as well as trying to boost house building, the white paper will mark a turning point for a party that since the 1980s, and the first council house sales, has promoted home ownership as a badge of success, while neglecting the interests of renters. The Tory manifesto for the 2015 general election spelt out plans for 200,000 new “starter homes” that could be bought by first-time buyers at 20% discounts, but said little about promoting the interests and improving the lot of so-called “generation rent”. ...
Grexit? Greece again on the brink as debt crisis threatens break with EU image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 02:36:32 PM
.... To a great degree events in Europe and Washington will also play a role. Ahead of Germany’s general election in September, Berlin’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has also raised the stakes with growing criticism of Greece – a tactic that has proved popular with voters who might otherwise support Germany’s far-right AfD party. ...
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 11:26:31 PM
....Since its sharp increase in the early 1980s – a period of high unemployment, factory closures and a cut in the top rate of tax from 83% to 60% – inequality has broadly remained flat. But the Resolution Foundation forecast that between 2015 and the next general election in 2020 incomes for the poorest half of households will fall by 2%. ...
UK manufacturers upbeat as weak pound boosts exports image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 12:38:03 PM
....More than one-quarter of companies (27%) said they were more optimistic about the general business climate than three months ago and 12% were less optimistic, giving a rounded balance of +15%. This is the highest figure since January 2015, when the economy was growing strongly ahead of the general election in May that year. ...

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