Mark Leftly: A privatisation that should stay under lock and key

Westminster Outlook Interserve’s managing director of justice services, Yvonne Thomas, has tried to ease the concerns of the 2,000 probation personnel being take on by the outsourcing group as part of the Purple Futures partnership.

Mark Leftly: The City can’t toe the party line. It must talk to all the election contenders

Westminster Outlook This column was launched in January with the aim of illustrating the point that business and politics are “inextricably linked” as never before. Importantly, the financial crisis had changed everything: politicians could no longer let the City look after itself and there were, rightly or wrongly, an increasing number of votes in bashing the Square Mile.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow

Pain for Russia, gain for the West - the price of low oil

Vladimir Putin warned yesterday it could take Russia two years to emerge from its current economic crisis. What does that imply for Russia? And what knock-on effects could this have on the rest of the world?

James Moore: Time for taxpayers to gain from Lloyds bailout

Outlook The fact that Lloyds Banking Group is unlikely to pay a dividend until 2016 doesn’t appear to have cooled the Government’s ardour for selling off the state’s stake.

James Moore: Settling scores over pay with Sir Martin Sorrell

Outlook Welcome to the jungle Roberto Quarta. The new WPP chairman is a former industrialist turned serial non-executive director. He  currently chairs Smith & Nephew and IMI, but the medical equipment maker and the metal basher aren’t in the same ball park as WPP when it comes to generating heat. They’re not in the same league.

James Moore: Here’s who can stop the bullying by our food-making behemoths...

Outlook Consider, if you will, the response by  2 Sisters Food Group to the mounting scandal over its treatment of its suppliers. In the wake of revelations that the maker of Fox’s biscuits and Goodfella’s pizza has been asking some of them for four months grace before paying them, it suggested that this was merely the starting point in a negotiation. So that’s alright then.

Hamish McRae: Fear factor? Let’s worry about stagnation rather than catastrophe

Economic View: We are not facing anything like as grave a crisis as we have twice in the past decade

Has BT's dashing boss backed the right horse?

Midweek View

Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office

BT's takeover of EE is a story about how we live now

BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin had plans for world domination, then the Russian economy imploded

Putin's Russia, like the USSR before it, is only as strong as the price of oil and that's bad news for the Kremlin

Philanthropy is not just charity from the rich: it’s self-serving

Das Capital: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd

BT’s quad-play foreplay could make little difference

Outlook: Quad-play does provide the benefit of having one place to go to complain when things inevitably go wrong

James Moore: Once bitten, twice shy – unless you are a stress-tested banker, it seems

Outlook: The stress tests are designed to gauge banks’ ability to deal with a really nasty economic shock

Self-employment is particularly important in construction

David Blanchflower: Reasons to be concerned by the rise of self-employment

Self-employment conveys considerable risks: many lose their jobs, their houses, and even their marriages

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