James Ashton

James Ashton is Head of Business across the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.

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Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, says that the introduction of higher tuition fees was ‘incredibly traumatic’

Business Secretary Vince Cable: 'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Cable has had to cope with the privatisation of Royal Mail and the ruling on whether News Corporation should be allowed to take full control of BSkyB

Caroline Flint MP, the shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, says Ed Miliband has been subjected to some ‘pretty horrendous personal attacks’

Caroline Flint: ‘We are in touching distance of winning because of Ed, not in spite of Ed’

The shadow Energy Secretary has been one of Labour’s most persuasive voices ever - and now the Big Six energy companies might have to fear her

The bank levy was introduced in 2010, but raised less than expected as banks’ balance sheets shrank to make them less risky.
Jenny Watson has told her staff that the election result is going to be close

Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission: ‘The idea of marking an X in a box probably seems completely alien’

Ahead of a drive to register one million missing voters, Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission, discusses the challenges ahead

Martin Glenn (left) and Gary Lineker in the early days of their Walkers partnership

Martin Glenn appointed FA CEO: FA signs the man who killed Captain Birdseye

New chief executive Martin Glenn, who also recruited Lineker, is a rebranding guru

Michael Gidney says Fairtrade is moving on from its early ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach

When price is all that matters, can Lidl and Aldi afford to offer a wider choice of ethical products?

The Fairtrade Foundation’s Michael Gidney wants Lidl and Aldi to offer a wider choice of ethical products

Tributes outside the synagogue where Dan Uzan was killed on Sunday in Copenhagen

Copenhagen shootings: Scandinavia at a crossroads after latest terror attack

There are fears that a gold-star education system is slipping because these small countries are struggling to cope with their new diversity

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada