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Mya Lacarte 5 Prospect Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire

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With one exception, many aspects of the political process are now working better than they have at any time in the past 20 years

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Plans detailing the policies the Coalition intends to pursue in every government department over the next four years were published by David Cameron yesterday.

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Prime Minister David Cameron promised a shift in power from government to the people today as Whitehall departments published business plans setting out what they intend to do and how voters can hold them accountable for it.

James Lawton: It's difficult to even half believe in the uprising of the red-rose army

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No 10 asks for business chiefs' help to cut jobs

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Investors still Desire Rachel despite some rocky debris

Shares in the Falklands-focused oil explorer Desire Petroleum bounced back yesterday, gaining more than 10 per cent despite the apparent failure of a closely watched sidetrack well at its Rachel prospect in the South Atlantic.

Soapbox: People are the path to profit at all times

SMEs are facing a tough and uncertain future. To survive, they need to maximise every resource they have to hand.

James Moore: A cautionary tale about a float that's sinking

Outlook Just when Betfair had you thinking the water was warm enough to take the plunge and float, along comes a cautionary tale. This time it's from Promethean World. If that sort of name makes you think "oh dear, tech company", you'd be right. Promethean makes whizzy interactive whiteboards, used in schools and other places where education is the primary activity.

Whitehall: Loss of jobs 'will do public finances more harm than good'

In four years time the public sector will be employing nearly half a million fewer people that it does today.

Rebel club FC United launch stadium scheme

Rebel club FC United are launching a pioneering £1.5million community share issue to help fund the cost of their new stadium.

Metro Bank claims early success in fight for customers

Metro Bank yesterday claimed to have beaten its target for new account openings this year in the space of just a month.

Wealth Check: 'I am setting up a gallery but I don't want a large loan'

Hannah Stoney, 22, a fine art graduate from Staffordshire, wants to set up her own business, but is concerned about the initial costs of making such a big investment.

After five stormy years in charge, Eshun quits as head of the ICA

Director resigns to write book but was not forced out, says gallery
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