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James Moore: If the CBI wants a union crackdown, firefighters may

Outlook You may not have heard of AssetCo, a small, but growing British company that specialises in fighting fires. That may quickly change if you have the misfortune to find yourself among the thousands of Londoners who get into a spot of bother on Bonfire Night. Not only does AssetCo provide equipment to the London fire brigade, it also supplies firefighters in the event that the regular ones are unable to perform their duties, perhaps because of a major catastrophe, perhaps because of something else... such as a strike.

Matthew Rojansky: Putin plays the action man but support may begin to

This is not the first time that Vladimir Putin has been forced to respond to a Russian tragedy. Ten years ago this week, he confronted the sinking of the submarine Kursk, with the deaths of all 118 on board, by first denying that there was a problem, and then refusing assistance from the US and Britain until it was too late. Those who criticised his handling of the disaster were silenced, including families of the deceased.