Mark Leftly: A second bite of the Royal Mail cherry - please don’t mess it up

Westminster Outlook Sadly for Vince Cable, if his five-year tenure as Business Secretary in this bastard hybrid of a government is remembered for anything, it will be for the messed up privatisation of Royal Mail.

Richard Scudamore handled the publication of his emails badly and should have issued an immediate, fulsome apology

Should private emails be private in the corporate world?

In the world of social media and the internet, Matt Gingell examines the complex issue of whether a business can scrutinise employees’ private activities

Digging deep: Adele

YouTube's new contract looks like a dominant player applying the squeeze

Outlook Is YouTube going to finish off the "don't be evil" motto of its parent Google with its treatment of independent music companies?

James Moore: Berkeley's success is based on London's fundamentals

Outlook The housing market bubble isn't bad for everyone. Take Berkeley New Homes, which is positively basking in the glow from the inferno that has enveloped London.

City bankers will bet on raindrops running down a window pane, but they can't beat the bookies

Midweek View: Goldman's 'The World Cup and Economics 2014' is a veritable tour de force of mind-boggling analysis

Good corp, bad corp - the rapid rise of business ethics

Outlook The venue was apt for an evening’s debate on business ethics entitled “Good corp, bad corp”. In the floors above were the UK corporate headquarters for both Google and Vitol, a secretive global commodities trading house which employs possibly more billionaires than any other company in London. “Bad corp, bad corp” could not have been a more fitting phrase.

Bank of England press chief? Not a bad job if you can get it

Outlook Those in the City tell me there’s nothing new in the fact that the Bank of England’s top press officer was paid £168,000 last year. Move along now.

Argentinian President and hedge fund ‘vultures’ will be forced to thrash out deal

Outlook Time is running out for Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. While the Argentinian President has been talking tough about defying the hedge fund “vultures” carrying out “extortion” on her country, in reality her options are rapidly disappearing.

Argentina's Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner denounces US Supreme Court ruling as 'extortion' in debt row

Argentina’s stock market tumbled 11% after the court’s decision was announced

High property prices may damage the capital but so could rash solutions

Outlook: London risks becoming dull as well as uncompetitive, which will have economic consequences of its own

A Chancellor and Governor who aren’t at war – we’d better get used to it

My week: Discord between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England is such a distant memory that is was interesting to hear both incumbents of the roles dig deep into the history books to find some at the annual Mansion House bankers’ dinner on Thursday night.

Mark Leftly: We're down in the dumps about research and science is suffering

Westminster Outlook In the shadow of Augustus Pugin's final and finest architectural gift to the nation, a 156-year-old clock tower that is the most city-defining example of the 19th century Gothic revival, Westminster hacks revel in "data dumps".

Mark Leftly: Builders, recruit an MP who understands housing crises

Westminster Outlook Pre-coalition, Sarah Teather was the go-to Liberal Democrat for current affairs journalists.

It's not a dish that Sainsbury's sells, but Justin King is tasting revenge

Outlook Good on Justin King for dissing his rivals in his final days in the job. Like all modern day chief executives, he more usually trots out the platitudes about "we welcome competition" whenever asked about his fellow grocers.

Unfortunately, this isn't the answer to all our PFI woes

Outlook This week's exit by Northumberland County Council from its local health trust's onerous hospital PFI contract with Lend Lease saved taxpayers millions, but can it be replicated?

News
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is obsessed by sales
As its new smartphone makes its debut, it is sometimes hard to keep track of what Amazon does. And that's not a good sign
News
When God was giving out the moral outrage, Wall Streeters were inventing credit-default swaps. It's no surprise Ackman failed to take down Herbalife, says Mark McSherry
News
Fallen star Bo Xilai in court, in September last year; he was given a life sentence
The rules are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos , as he learns the dark arts from a master
News
A brand new prescription: ‘Only using healthy mice and rats to find cures for ill humans is old-fashioned,” says George Freeman
The UK’s first-ever minister for life sciences tells Margareta Pagano about his new role at the departments of business and health, transforming how the UK develops and finances medicine
News
Rich, young Russians won’t dump their English lives unless they have absolutely no other option, says Jim Armitage
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It’s not a question of if, but when... interest rates have been kept artificially low for long enough, says Hamish McRae
News
There may be trouble ahead … David Levy has very rarely been wrong in his forecasts
David Levy’s family has correctly called every major financial event in the US for decades. Now he’s warning of a global recession next year. Bernard Condon investigates
News
A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
The retailer is on its knees, thanks to a German war veteran who turned the family grocers into the Aldi chain, writes Tony Paterson
News
It was Paul Fisher’s job to oversee and implement quantitative easing
Paul Fisher has left the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee after five years. He tells Ben Chu what Threadneedle Street got right and why the Bank behaved properly over forex
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are big fans of an out of print 1960s business book. Seth Stevenson explores why
News
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Analysis: Some feel that Philip Clarke didn't get enough of a chance to prove himself
Voices
Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.
The young have been hurt the most by recession. They don't vote Tory and can't buy a house, so who cares?, writes David Blanchflower
News
One of the lines on the Metro do Porto network crosses the Dom Luis bridge
An interest rate swap arrangement has ended up costing a Portuguese state-owned transport company a fortune. So did it really understand the pages and pages of algebra in the contract, asks Jim Armitage
News
Is the new bank likely to be of much use? The emerging countries have done pretty well without it, says Hamish McRae
Life and Style
The value of Ruby Roman grapes has rocketed since they were first put on the market in 2008, finds Beckie Smith
News
Shopping centres, like the Hammerson one proposed for Leeds, have created opportunities, but more needs to be done
The death of traditional industries has left the region in need of regeneration. Retail developers are moving in – but is the Government doing enough to help? Laura Chesters investigates
News
After being hit by the smoking ban, recession and cheap supermarket booze, the pub industry is finally fighting back. Matthew Boyle finds a new breed of investor is moving into the sector
Voices
A strong currency isn't everything
At one time, presiding over a weakened currency would get you the chop... but things have changed, says Hamish McRae
Voices
Chancellor George Osborne (C) wears a high visibility jacket as he makes a visit to the Prysmian Group factory and speaks to factory manager Steve Price
Could a surprise drop in manufacturing output have wider implications, asks David Blanchflower
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Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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