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The Politics of a Rate Rise

Gavin Devine | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

The decision in the past few weeks of Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney to revise his 'forward guidance' on interest rates has been portrayed as an embarrassing about-turn by some. Others, including Mr Carney himself, have quite plausibly argued that his approach has managed expectations effectively. Thus far the markets, the media and politicians seem inclined to believe him.

Michael Rundle

Half Of All Jobs Will Be Automated By 2034

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

Almost half of all jobs could be automated by computers within two decades and "no government is prepared" for the tsunami of social change that will ...

Omnichannel: The Retailers Strike Back

Alistair Niederer | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK
Alistair Niederer

People still like to go shopping. They don't even buy all their groceries online, yet in theory most people would probably prefer to have their washing up liquid delivered rather than spending time personally fetching it from the supermarket.

What Has Aid Ever Done for Growth?

Girish Menon | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
Girish Menon

As part of this debate, WaterAid is calling for everyone, everywhere to have access to water and sanitation by 2030. We are delighted to see that there is a growing consensus that these basic essential life saving services are crucial for lifting people out of poverty.

Mixed Messages on Energy and Climate Change

David Hone | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK
David Hone

The Easter break provided a good opportunity to catch up on some recent climate stories, but the current messages delivered by the various media and other outlets vary enormously with a bewildering array of assertions and counter claims.

Self-Improvement for Adults - What Zombie Survivalists Can Teach Us

Mr Pickwick | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Mr Pickwick

The problem with Self-Improvement is it is all very grown up. I have great admiration for grown up friends and colleagues who read "The Economist" for instance but when I try I start with enthusiasm before grinding to a dead stop after two or three articles.

Don't Mistake the Rise of Invisible Technology for the End of Innovation

Brendan Flattery | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

The way we see technology has changed, but there's no cause for pessimism. Over the past month or so I've read a surprising number of articles wondering if we have seen all there is to see, with regard to the truly great innovative leaps of mankind.

'An Internet Of Airborne Things'

The Economist | The Economist | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Tech

'An Internet Of Airborne Things?...

Leave My Pants Alone: An Expat Fights the Creep of British Slang

Corinne Purtill | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Corinne Purtill

Language evolves. I get that. But it was jarring to arrive in London from New York and hear the degree to which so many American expatriates allow the slang of our host country to colonize their speech.

Insight is Where the People Are

Sean Farrington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

Now that we have some of these insights on The Future, thanks to more advanced technologies, knowledge-workers can go to work to keep the candle burning brightly. Because Insight is for Everyone.

Dutch Elections: Emphatic Victory for Pro-Business Liberals

Martin Koehring | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

The electorate chose stability, budgetary discipline and a broadly pro-Europe course over the populist anti-austerity and anti-Europe rhetoric presented by both the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) and the left-wing Socialist Party (SP).

Can Online Protests Change China?

Tea Leaf Nation | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK
Tea Leaf Nation

By David Wertime, Tea Leaf Nation co-founder and editor What would a world without Weibo, China's Twitter, look like? It's increasingly hard to fath...

The AKP Faces Another Challenging Year

Robert O'Daly | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK
Robert O'Daly

Recent economic indicators suggest that at least some of the risks to the Turkish economy that built up in 2010-11 have started to ease. Although this improvement may be partly due to external developments outside of the control of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, much of the rebalancing process has been policy-induced.

Why Now is a Good Time to Be Thinking About 2050

Daniel Franklin | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK
Daniel Franklin

"Never prophesy, especially about the future." That nicely captures the perils of predictions - so nicely, indeed, that the saying or a version of it has been credited to numerous people, from the movie mogul Sam Goldwyn to baseball's Yogi Berra.

Man Booker Nominated Snowdrops: A.D. Miller's Debut Novel

Crane.tv | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Crane.tv

Miller claims that journalism and fiction are two different kinds of writing obviously, but the challenges remain pretty much the same for both disciplines. Adding that journalism is a very good training for writing fictions: according to him it makes a writer better and more efficient.

Inventions That Matter Honoured At Economist Awards

Melanie Hick | Posted 20.12.2011 | UK Tech

Eight innovations including the Amazon Kindle and Gmail are to be honoured at an awards ceremony at the Science Museum in London. Yet not all the i...

What Climate Change Campaigns Could (and Should) Learn From Jay-Z

Chris Deary | Posted 10.12.2011 | UK Tech
Chris Deary

If the climate change movement is ever to break through to the mainstream and persuade the masses to change their ways, it needs fewer statistics and a little bit more stardust, New York style.

Jeff Bezos and Gregg Zehr, Kindle Designers, Win Economist Innovation Award

Flickr | Melanie Hick | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Tech

The Amazon Kindle creators Jeff Bezos and Gregg Zehr have been named as 2011's winners in the category of consumer-product innovation by The Economist...

Melbourne, the Worlds Most Liveable City?

Jacqui Evans | Posted 31.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqui Evans

So Melbourne has done it. Yesterday edging out Vancouver for the title of World's Most Liveable City by Economist Intelligence Unit. Vancouver, having held the crown for just short of a decade, must be seething