American author Mark Twain once said that there are "three types of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics". This nifty little phrase certainly comes to mind today, when you see that the Institute of Fiscal Studies have accused the government of using dodgy stats to support their claims that living standards are going up.
There is one clear message from today's thoughtful speech by Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England - that the failings of the Eurozone show that to have a successful monetary union you require fiscal and political union. This is a detailed speech but make no mistake, the Governor's judgement on currency unions is devastating for Alex Salmond's currency plans.
Britain is in the throes of a personal finance crisis. Dramatic figures out recently revealed that personal debt totals £1.43trillion and the average household debt is almost twice as high as a decade ago at £54,000. To some this would come as a surprise, but to many it is confirmation that they are not alone in their struggle.
Last week, hundreds of thousands of Londoners and commuters in the rest of the South East battled strikes and main line signal failures to get to work. With considerable grit and determination many of them succeeded. It's fair to say that George Osborne's Christmas gift to restrict regulated fare rises is already no more than a distant memory...
For many, January marks the first month of a fresh start and it is the ideal time to decide what we want to get out of the year ahead by taking on new challenges. Whether it's making the decision to get and stay fit, or taking on a new hobby you've always planned on doing, there's always something new to try.
As you walk around the corridors of the World Economic Forum at Davos and as you listen to the many corporate leaders present at the world economic forum in Davos it is possible to segment them into two distinct groups.
One of the truisms of the Referendum campaign is that the vote on 18 September will decide not just the future of Scotland, but also that of the rest ...
Britain's economy is recovering, we're told. More people in Britain are now in work than ever before. We have "growth". Whoopee! Why then do I (and just about everyone else I know) feel such disquiet?
This week, Davos is host to the World Economic Forum's main annual shindig - an event portrayed in the press as either a useless confab of self-important gasbags, or a shadowy stronghold for the world's elite powerbrokers...
I'm getting more and more used to the term native advertising. The term 'content' has always struck me as so nondescript and dull. Like 'stuff'. If we see the predicted rise in content marketing, expect to see plenty more forgettable branded words and pictures for audiences to scroll right past and ignore.
Yesterday Airbus Group UK and Unilever, which together employ 23,000 people across the UK, added to the growing chorus of business voices urging Britain to remain in the EU. They join the ranks of Ford, Nissan, Siemens and major business groups such as the CBI, CityUK and manufacturers' organisation EEF, who have all warned in recent months that the UK should not blindly head for the EU exit door.
Today, I write to you from Davos, Switzerland, home of the World Economic Forum Annual meeting. Here, global business leaders, heads of state and other leading religious and academic figures converge in their thousands on this remote and very picturesque mountain top to discuss the macro socio-economic issues of the day.
While the Conservatives can offer a long term plan at the next election, after four years of opposition Labour can offer only fear-mongering and petty politics. If you read the pattern, it's become clear that Ed Miliband is losing the economic argument.
Few politicians have had as bad a start to 2014 as Francois Hollande. Enough has been written about his private life already, but that aside - the situation with the French economy must be causing him even more sleepless nights.
The truth is, management needs a makeover for 2014 if new year optimism is to translate into long-term growth. We're facing two key challenges: the rapid pace of workplace change, and a mismatch between what managers need to be good at and what they are actually good at.
It's important for Conservatives to show that conservatism and capitalism benefits everybody in society. The party talks about helping hard working people and it's crucial that people who work hard feel that the system is working for them. It's crucial that Conservatives show that the free market can provide benefits to everybody in society