The perennial paradox of international development is that countries with the most plentiful natural resources - whether oil, gas or diamonds - often tend to be relatively poor, undemocratic and economically stagnant...
All this 'women are really great' stuff used to be said just by women in women's groups. But not any more. Now it's in the political mainstream and even the CBI and the Government have got the point and have seen the business case for promoting women to top jobs.
I am 100% in favour of quotas for the FTSE 100 companies. While I know this is deeply unpopular with many, I think it is the only way to create scale change. I totally reject the assumption that with quotas comes sub standard women - that is patronising and sexist.
George Osborne has signalled the UK's desire to move further and faster on banking reform than any other major international competitor.
Low pay it is having a deeply damaging effect on the lives of children in Britain. These children, whose parents, according to UNICEF, 'often work long hours or work several jobs to makes ends meet', face a long list of disadvantages: greater risk of obesity, heart disease and mental health problems.
Around January this year experts on Wall Street and the City of London were convinced that the stockmarket was going to go boom.
The greed, excess and selfishness that brought liberal democracy and capitalism to the edge of the abyss have been demonstrated once again by the late...
Low paid local government workers are struggling to make ends meet right now - frozen pay, Government cuts and rising inflation have seen to that. This is why it is a kick in the teeth for them to hear that the pay of directors in the UK's top businesses have risen by 50% in the last year alone.
In the 1987 film The Secret of My Success, Michael J Fox's character endures a string of knockbacks at interview so by the end of a gruelling day and feeling increasingly desperate he begs: 'I can be anything, just give me a chance...' 'Can you be a minority woman?' the interviewer replies.
The extraordinary swings in global markets over the last week or so were typified by yesterday's extreme movements - the FTSE100 spent most of the morning up 100 points, before dropping back 40 and then rallying again and more. In the US Dow futures fluctuated over a 300 point range before the open.