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If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

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Plans to sell off Civil Service come under attack

Plans to spin-off dozens of state-owned services into independent companies have been criticised by two members of a Government task force set up set-up to promote the idea.

Chancellor George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, outside the Treasury

The great Civil Service sell-off: Dozens of services and 75,000 staff set to be transferred to private sector

Unions denounce sale as ‘privatisation by stealth’

The credibility of George Osborne’s £310bn plan to boost economic growth has been thrown into doubt by MPs

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Jagdish Sharan Verma died aged 80

Jagdish Sharan Verma: Indian chief justice

Jagdish Sharan Verma, who died on 22 April aged 80, was a former Indian chief justice who helped lead the charge for tough new laws to protect women in the wake of a gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus. A lifelong crusader for justice and a firm believer in the integrity of judges, he was known as the conscience-keeper of the Indian judiciary.

Women miss out in labour market as new jobs go to men

Women are missing out on the new jobs being created under the Coalition as the labour market returns to being male-dominated, according to a study published today.

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Nick Clegg rejects David Cameron's claim that 'we're all Thatcherites now'

Deputy Prime Minister challenged Thatcher's legacy over apartheid and gay rights

Worrying truth is the labour market may be slowing

There is no evidence to support the claim that the Coalition has created more jobs in three years than Labour managed in ten. Quite the reverse, in fact

Civil Service in revolt after being told to spend more time at their desks

Mandarins in London get an extra hour off each week because of their longer commute

Sussex University unions consider industrial action over outsourcing, though strike ballot has not been agreed

The first steps towards industrial action at the University of Sussex are being discussed by the branches of three unions represented at the south coast campus.

Protesters against the ‘bedroom tax’ in Trafalgar Square this weekend

D-day for benefits claimants as unions go for the jugular

David Cameron’s government is the “nastiest” in British history, the leader of the TUC claimed today, as the country’s poorest families brace themselves for sweeping benefit cuts which take effect this month.

The Highways Agency’s South-east base in Godstone, Surrey

George Osborne takes first step on road to privatising Britain's highways

The Government risks angering trades unions with plans to commercialise the running and repair of Britain's core roads network, a move likely to lead to full privatisation.

Sir Ronald Cohen stepping down as head of Big Society Capital

Sir Ronald Cohen, the veteran financier, is stepping down as chairman of Big Society Capital, the government-backed social investment bank set up a year ago to help charities and community projects.

Cyprus woes set to deepen eurozone economy gloom

Financial turmoil in Cyprus risks dragging Europe’s economy deeper into the mire after a worsening decline for manufacturers and services, experts warned today.

Budget 2013: Osborne, a part-time Chancellor, is just fiddling on the edges of the economy

The new Employment Allowance is a good idea, but most other proposals are either inconsequential or likely to be ineffective. And the overall picture is still grim

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