Comment & analysis
Will devolving powers to Manchester really stimulate economic development?
Geraint Johnes says that creation of a nexus of political authority in Manchester may well hinder economic integration of the north rather than aid it.
London’s congestion charge increases speed and saves lives
Writing in the Conversation, Professor Colin Green describes research which shows that London’s congestion charge has led to a significant fall in road traffic accidents.
Europe’s stress tests find 25 banks wanting, but it’s not all bad news
Kim Kaivanto says that the ECB’s stress tests on European banks sets a new standard for confidence-building transparency in the Euro area.
A look behind UK’s impressive unemployment figures shows they’re not so dazzling
Unemployment in the UK has fallen below two million for the first time in almost six years. Good news, says Geraint Johnes, but there are some important caveats to the headline figures.
Why we urgently need Islamic student loans
A major barrier to career aspirations among Muslims has been their inability to take on student (or any other) loans to fund higher study, as Shariah law prohibits predetermined interest rates, explains LUMS researcher Vasileios Pappas.View on the New Statesman website
Branson unlimited holiday plan for Virgin blazes trail others should follow
Cary Cooper argues that Virgin’s unlimited holiday offer to employees is something that other employers should copy.