Mike Robb
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Entries by Mike Robb

Mark Carney: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

(3) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (00:00)

When George Osborne hailed Mark Carney as "the outstanding central banker of his generation" he made no effort to play down the expectations the nation is placing on the shoulders of the new Governor of the Bank of England. Commentators in Canada are keen to play down the economic genius...

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Ski Holidays: My Eyes Have Been Opened

(1) Comments | Posted 1 April 2013 | (23:31)

I admit it: I've long been a sucker for the package ski holiday run by one of the massive tour operators. It's just easy. Everything - from flights and hotel to food and transfers - all wrapped-up into one price and taken care of by one company. What could go...

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George Osborne Delivers a Bold Budget for His Aspiration Nation

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2013 | (16:16)

Much of the commentary leading-up to this budget, George Osborne's fourth, suggested there would be little in terms of new, substantive policy announcements. But the reality didn't quite follow the script.

The Chancellor announced a range of bold policy measures. Bringing forward the increase in the personal tax-free allowance to...

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An Unhappy Marriage of Convenience?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2013 | (16:07)

The locations chosen for the three main Coalition love-ins since it came to power paint an uncannily realistic portrait of the government's development to date.

Back in May 2010 we had the happy-clappy session in the Downing Street Rose Garden. Two years on, in May last year, the wider economic...

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Autumn Statement: Osborne Plays to the Gallery But What Will be Remembered Come 2015?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (23:00)

"It's taking time, but the British economy is healing."

Not the opening gambit most had expected from the Chancellor. In fact he was booed loudly in the Commons. This was meant to be a bleak and sobering Autumn Statement that would be easy pickings for Ed Balls, but this opening...

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Time for Less Talk and More Action on Infrastructure

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2012 | (18:01)

Earlier this year David Cameron spoke of the government's "failure of nerve" over infrastructure by pledging to hold a consultation on 'Boris Island' and reform bureaucratic planning laws.

George Osborne, too, made it a key priority in November last year when he unveiled the National Infrastructure...

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An Opportunity We Cannot Refuse: Infrastructure

(5) Comments | Posted 5 February 2012 | (23:00)

It has long been accepted that infrastructure development is a vital piece of the growth puzzle. David Cameron certainly subscribes to this mantra, having put infrastructure at the heart of his growth strategy when he outlined a huge £30bn investment over the next four years.

At Davos last...

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A Big Year for Big Co

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2012 | (09:07)

It's going to be a tough year for the UK economy. A phrase so inherent it is almost clichéd, but yet so valid, and more so than perhaps many of us can comprehend. The next 12 months are going to be extremely tough.

Much has been written about the impact...

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Sacrebleu! French Go Negative in Economic War of Words

(3) Comments | Posted 16 December 2011 | (13:52)

Needless to say, the Brits aren't flavour of the month in Paris.

Mind you, when have we ever been?

Britain has long been accused by our continental brethren of being a Member State that wants all the benefits of the EU at none of the cost, a view compounded in...

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Does Northern Rock's Sale Herald the Coming of a New 'Challenger Bank'?

(3) Comments | Posted 17 November 2011 | (10:35)

We've heard it time and again in 2011 - the UK retail banking sector needs a new kid on the block to challenge the big five.

There aren't many people out there who would disagree with this, one of the few issues about these days in which politicians from all...

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Tory Conference - Moving Away From Banker Bashing - it's all About growth

(2) Comments | Posted 3 October 2011 | (00:00)

The final party conference of the season takes us to Manchester and the Conservatives. The themes emerging in Birmingham and Liverpool over the past fortnight have been focussed, as expected, on growth and jobs, and this is only going to be amplified at the five-day meeting of David Cameron's faithful.

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Will Labour Say Anything Substantial in Liverpool?

(3) Comments | Posted 24 September 2011 | (17:22)

Lib Dem Party Conference passed largely without incident, Sarah Teather's much-maligned attempt at stand-up comedy aside, and so we move 100 miles north to Liverpool for the annual Labour gathering.

Much talk in Birmingham predictably centred on growth and particularly what role the Liberal Democrats...

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