Hamish McRae

One of the country’s most respected financial journalists and commentators Hamish McRae is an associate editor of The Independent. He was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year 2006 at the British Press Awards.

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The man behind Big Society': David Cameron with Steve Hilton

More Human by Steve Hilton, book review: Watch out for a Tory revolution, Russell Brand

David Cameron's former adviser has some sensible ideas – beneath his book's bluster
Athens is attempting to negotiate a better deal with its creditor nations in the European Union
Picasso’s painting ‘Women of Algiers (Version O)’ sold for £115m at auction in New York

Can we deflate the asset price bubble without a big bang?

Low interest rates and quantative easing saved us after the crash. But now all the central banks face a great dilemma

Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to build a ‘Northern powerhouse’ in the region’s towns

The key advice for the Northern Powerhouse is 'small is bountiful'

The methods used over past decades to narrow the North-South gap have often had the opposite effect

Grand design: the fountains in front of the Schönbrunn Palace

Imperial Vienna: Austria's capital marks 150 years of its famous Ringstrasse boulevard

There is a string of events on or around the Ringstrasse this year including the 60th Eurovision Song Contest

Misbehaving by Richard Thaler, book review: The science behind behavioural economics

Thaler explains how economists can nudge people towards actions that are in their best interests

Our relationship with Europe will always be at some point along a spectrum

EU will bend towards us in Brexit negotiations

The UK will become the most populous country in Europe in 30 years' time. It would be bad news to lose such a member

It will take a full five years of sunshine to mend George Osborne's roof

All those election pledges have left the Chancellor very few options as he tries to balance the books

Your money might be better spent on buying a flat in Athens, where bond yields are cheap right now

Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, and the unstoppable rise of the content non-generators

One creates no content, one owns no property, the other owns no cars. The property is at the interface

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?