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Cameron warned over rapid EU referendum ‘dangers’

Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned accelerating the deadline for an EU referendum could undermine efforts to seek reform to the existing settlement, the FT reports. The Conservatives have promised an in/out referendum in 2017, although some – including Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham – want Cameron to accelerate the timetable to reduce uncertainty. […]

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Wells Street Journal: Conservative MP in jammy dodger bribery scandal

Treasury select committee member Jesse Norman is under investigation by police over suggestions he attempted to bribe voters in his constituency of Hereford and South Herefordshire with jammy dodgers. West Mercia Police have confirmed that Norman, who won the seat for the Conservatives in 2010, is under scrutiny after photos emerged of the parliamentary candidate […]

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Cover story: And they’re off

Almost three weeks on from pension freedoms finally “going live” we have just about enough information to see that the stampede to strip pots of cash originally feared has not transpired. Certainly the Government’s Pension Wise service has not been put under the strain first expected. A total of 1,800 appointments were booked by the time […]

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Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg quit after election drubbing

Nigel Farage will stand down as leader of Ukip after losing out in his bid to be elected as the MP for Thanet South. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has also confirmed he will quit as leader after a “crushing” election night. Labour leader Ed Miliband will also exit following a shattering result for the […]

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading

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