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Complaining about Thames’s financial structure should not delay the whole project

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A pub landlord battles with River Ouse floodwater in York this week

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62-year-old Joe Soptic, now dubbed everywhere as Joe the Steelworker

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers, By Katherine Boo. Portobello, £14.99

Katherine Boo's debut about the vertiginousness of existence in a "Mumbai slum" is the antidote to mainstream books and films on the subject from the English-speaking world. It's framed by her noting the lack of "deeply reported" non-fiction about India. Her method, developed "within poor communities in the US", is to invest time and attention in the complex interiors of "small" people.

Leading article: When cash-in-hand is not acceptable

Government strategists might have preferred it if Treasury minister David Gauke had given a more deft answer when an interviewer asked him about the practice of paying tradespeople such as builders, plumbers and cleaners in cash.

Cash-in-hand work condemned as 'morally wrong' by Treasury minister

The practice of paying workmen “cash in hand” was condemned as “morally wrong” today by a Treasury minister.

Simon English: Rolet gets it right for the London Stock Exchange

Outlook On the face of it, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) ought to be having a torrid time.

Wolseley mulls French options

Wolseley, the FTSE 100-listed building giant behind Plumb Center, is exploring "strategic options" for its business in France, with an outright sale thought to be the preferred option.

Bill aims to open up water industry

The Government set out plans yesterday to reform the water industry, claiming that opening up the sector would save the economy £2bn over 30 years,

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'Fracking' could get UK approval

Controversial “fracking” for shale gas could go ahead in the UK if it is well regulated, as the risks of water contamination and damaging earthquakes are very low, experts said today.

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