Margareta Pagano

Margareta Pagano is a former business editor of the Independent on Sunday who now writes columns and business interviews for a range of publications, including the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.

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Margareta Pagano: If Osborne hankers for his day in the sun he should break up RBS

George Osborne is having a good run. The tears he shed at Baroness Thatcher's funeral showed us there is a heart beating beneath that hair-shirt.

Margareta Pagano: Tesco has not passed it's sell-by date, but its blunders are costly

Listening to Philip Clarke, Tesco's chief executive, explaining on radio last week why the supermarket giant has just reported the first fall in profit in two decades left me feeling distinctly queasy.

Margareta Pagano: Wolfson's gesture marks dawn of a new era

The Next boss's bonus give-away is one of several efforts by businesses, reacting to public and shareholder pressure, to change their culture

Reinsurer Scor close to female quota

Fields Wicker-Miurin, the London Stock Exchange's former head of strategy, is to join the board of Scor, the world's fifth biggest reinsurance company.

Margareta Pagano: Don't blame Mrs T for today's fractured Britain

The City was shaken up under Margaret Thatcher but she would not have tolerated the bonuses, credit bubbles and bailouts

Margareta Pagano: Can Aphrodite reunite Cyprus and Turkey?

The current plight of the Mediterranean island could be eased if it can build bridges with its former enemy to exploit nearby gas fields

Margareta Pagano: Some Britons aren't too posh to push for economic success

Lord Heseltine's comments last week suggesting that the British may be too wealthy to push for economic recovery have predictably caused a flutter, especially in the blogosphere, where Tarzan is now being accused of being an uncaring rich Tory toff who doesn't give a toss about the poor.

Margareta Pagano: This helping hand on homes is sheer lunacy

George Osborne has failed to realise that building affordable houses is the way to solve would-be buyers' problems – and boost the economy too

Margareta Pagano: Curtain falls on an insurance impresario's incomparable career

Whatever you think of the beehive-haired singing trio who star in the Sheila's Wheels pink Cadillac or the fictional Italian singer in Gio Compario, you've got admit that the insurance tycoon behind them, Peter Wood, is little short of a genius.

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Budget 2013: Some of Osborne's tiny changes could give a big boost to British industry

Help for the housing martket, more apprenticeships, investment in research and development: all could help create jobs on our shores

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