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David Blanchflower: Hallelujah – the monetary hawks have admitted their mistake

Wages in the UK are not just going to rise by magic, as the MPC and the Office for Budget Responsibility have been expecting

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Mark Leftly: Nuclear clean-up has been a toxic waste of public money

Westminster Outlook A hapless consortium led by URS (now part of US rival Aecom) was finally axed from leading the clean-up of Cumbria’s Sellafield last week.

Railway workers on the tracks outside King's Cross, London

Mark Leftly: If we're to boost rail industry exports, Britain must ditch its underdog attitude

Westminster Outlook The rail sector is, at £9.3bn a year and 212,000 jobs, a surprisingly large chunk of the UK economy, and the industry’s political and business influence is only set to grow with the country’s biggest revamp of major lines and stations in more than a century.

James Moore: Some straight-talking sense from Davos

Outlook Earlier this week I highlighted how, despite constant whining, Britain’s financial services industry is doing rather well under the new, sterner, regulatory regime imposed since the financial crisis. The same is true globally.

James Moore: Ministers make life harder for freelancers

Outlook Some good news for the Chancellor: unemployment has fallen again, to a six-year low. Moreover, the proportion of the part-timers who would like to be employed full time is also falling, to 16.2 per cent in the three months to November, down from 18 per cent  a year ago.

'I’m much more inclined to feel sympathy for a family sandwich shop than I am a 900-strong pub chain'

James Moore: Don't shed too many tears for Tim Martin and JD Wetherspoon

Outlook Faced with disappointing sales figures, JD Wetherspoon indulged in a Wednesday whinge. First, the chairman and founder of the business, Tim Martin, is furious about the supermarkets and their loss-leading booze promotions. Of course, that one has been doing the rounds for a long time. It’s trotted out whenever pub chains find trading tough.

It is the 'unknown unknowns' to use Donald Rumsfeld's famous expression that bite investors on the backside

Hamish McRae: Forget the known unknowns - unknown unknowns are the worry

Economic View: When you make money you are clever; when you lose it, it is someone else's fault

Simon Read: Teaser rates should just be banned

The City watchdog has missed a chance to give the savings market the shake-up it needs. It has simply told us what we knew already: that banks and building societies have been ripping us off for years by tricking us into ultra-low-paying savings accounts. But the biggest con is introductory rates that attract savers with market-leading offers and then leave them languishing on pathetic interest.

James Moore: Co-op needs to stop talking and take action

Outlook The Scene: we’re in the boardroom of Big Evil Fracking plc. The directors have just finished a meal of veal cutlets, foie gras and chocolate ice-cream, topped with flakes of gold. They are now getting down to business. The next item on the agenda? Financing. “Hey, want to hear a good joke,” says a fat, bald, white bloke with a gold watch dangling from a chain? “The Co-op Bank says it won’t lend to fracking companies any more.”

The reality is that the Tesco Titanic was pointed in the direction of the iceberg by Sir Tel, but his successor did precious little to stop it

James Moore: It's time to hear from the rest of Tesco's top brass

Outlook The City might be buying into the bright future for Tesco, as I highlighted yesterday. But the grocer still has a myriad of issues hanging over it as Panorama’s feature on the chain demonstrated. It was more entertainment than exposé, but isn’t it fun when two former executives who sat around the boardroom table together and palled around start taking shots at each other?

Satyajit Das: We need economic risk-taking, not financial risk-taking

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Railway workers on the tracks outside King's Cross, London
Given we are trying to boost domestic industry, there should also be some effort to do the same at the top of engineering, says Mark Leftly
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The government say a one-off payment to the EU meant that borrowing was higher than expected for December
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