City of London

Why I Think George Osborne's Corporation Tax Policy Is Justified

Arjun Barn | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Arjun Barn

f governments fail to act in closing tax avoidance schemes and loopholes, there is a strong possibility that future profits resulting from lower taxes will simply end up in the pockets of senior managers in a tax haven, far out of reach of the British government and certainly not going towards helping the 1 million people who now rely on emergency food hand-outs. It is time for Labour to Act.

Cuts Are Crippling City Police's Ability To Nail Fraudsters

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics

Budget cuts are making it much harder for the police to tackle the rise in white-collar crime, new figures show. Figures compiled by the City law f...

Conserving The Past Must Not Curtail The Future

Mark Boleat | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Mark Boleat

Picture the scene: a new bridge is built in London, and the public hate it. An architect comments that "it represents the vice of tawdriness and pretentiousness" and a local paper calls it London's "ugliest public work". What was this architectural monstrosity? None other than London landmark Tower Bridge...

Asa Bennett

No Idea About Islamic Banking? Here's Six Things You Need To Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Treasury has just sold £200 million worth of Islamic government bonds, known as "sukuk", in a bid to make Britain a global hub for Islamic financ...

LOOK: The FT Was Fantastically British About D-Day

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

The world is gathering today to remember seventy years ago, when soldiers carried out the D-Day landings, an audacious incursion into Nazi-occupied Fr...

The Walkie Scorchie Skyscraper Has Set Fire To Its last Victim

PA | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

A skyscraper which hit the headlines after its unusual design was blamed for starting fires and causing damage by reflecting the sun's rays is to...

EU Membership 'Crucial' To UK Success, Say Business Chiefs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's membership of the European Union is "crucial" to London's future success, and an exit from the political bloc will hit the UK's competitiven...

Tax Secrecy 'The Norm, Not The Exception' In The City Of London

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics

There is a "black hole" in the City because leading companies use subsidiaries based in secretive tax havens, a charity has warned. Christian Aid s...

A Few Glimpses of History

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have always been fascinated by history because I believe that if we know the past then we better understand the present, prevent painful history to be repeated and eventually anticipate the future. For a diplomat, understanding and respecting the history and culture of the host country is a prerequisite for any correct professional judgement.

Business Rates Need More Localism

Dhruv Patel | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Dhruv Patel

I believe it is vital that the tasks of setting rates and reliefs, and deciding how to spend them are devolved to local and regional levels of government. This would give people a democratic say in which types of businesses they want to encourage and how the receipts are spent, allowing them to witness the resultant effect in their own, and neighbouring, areas.

UK Bankers 'Disappointed' With Their MASSIVE Bonuses

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics

City of London bankers were "disappointed" with the size of their bonuses this year, despite a survey finding that UK bankers enjoyed the biggest bonu...

Cable: We Need To Kill Tory Immigration Scare Stories

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable is to hit out at Tory ministers for feeding "scare stories" about immigration in the latest coalition spat. The Lib Dem business secret...

Have People Misunderstood the Meaning of Capitalism?

Yousif Nur | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Yousif Nur

Four words essentially ended capitalism: Too big to fail. If that isn't fascism by its very definition, then clearly something big is missing. A model to look on and admire is Iceland - an economy that collapsed, arrested those responsible and now have a sound footing economically. That is what true capitalism is.

Rogue Foreign Banks Could Be Kicked Out Of The City

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics

The Bank of England could ban foreign banks branches in Britain from the City of London if they fail to adhere to British standards of regulation. ...

Angela Merkel Visit: Lessons From Germany for David Cameron

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

German chancellor Angela Merkel is being treated like political royalty, a consequence of her country's economic power as well as prime minister David Cameron's desperate need for friends in Europe. Few would argue about the position of Germany as the economic powerhouse of the European Union but what can Britain learn from the German economic model?

Stop Taxing Us So Much, Banks Urge Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has come under pressure to end the bank levy, as Britain's banks warned that the tax is hurting the City of London's competitiveness. ...

'Bloody' Brawl Outside City Banker Bar

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

A vicious brawl outside a popular city bar has led to six arrests in the heart of London's financial district, with workers prevented from leaving the...

How Do Hormones Make Bankers Worse In A Crisis?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Financial crises can be made worse by the hormones of stressed bankers could make them take less risky decisions, a study suggests. High levels of ...

How Many Rogue Bankers Have Been Sacked Since The Crash?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics

Nearly 6,000 bankers, brokers and financial advisers in the City of London have been sacked or suspended for misconduct since the start of the financi...

Beyond the Tube Strike

Grainne Gillis | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

The type of politics that has been practised over the last four years is that of the smoke-and-mirrors variety; divert the public's attention to one over-inflated issue/persona while deflecting from what the core truth of the matter actually is...

The Pursuit of Happiness...

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Sad news this week of two City bankers who committed suicide, both in the prime of their lives. We have all visited that dark place where we have contemplated whether life continues to be worth living. Just this week, a friend send me a plaintive message that read something like this: 'life, job, love, all suck'.

'Don't Slam The Door On The Rich'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has urged George Osborne not to "slam the door" on wealthy foreigners buying property in the capital and to avoid treating them like "bl...

BoE's Mark Carney Gives Miliband's Banking Plans Both Barrels

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband's proposals to limit the size of Britain's biggest banks and force them to sell off branches to smaller rivals would not improve the banki...

Which Of Dave's Pals Have Just Got Gongs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Apprentice star Karren Brady and Ian Cheshire, boss of the DIY giant, both advisers to David Cameron, lead the businesspeople who have received honour...

Andrew Tyrie: 'Bank Juggernauts Have Yet To Clean Up Their Act'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Big banks have yet to start cleaning up their act following a string of mis-selling scandals and controversies like the fixing of Libor lending rates,...