Monthly Archives: April 2011

Soaring food prices will be expensive for rich countries

BBC RADIO 4’S 1800 NEWS BULLETIN The president of the World bank – Robert Zoellick has said that the world was only one shock away from a full blown crisis. Speaking at its annual Spring conference in Washington, Mr Zoellick … Continue reading

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Democracy doesn’t pay if you’re an Icelander

The Icelandic people were damned if they did and damned if they didn’t. It looks as if they still couldn’t stomach the idea of paying off the debts of privately owned banks – even if the revised deal was considerably … Continue reading

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Iceland’s people decide AGAIN

Voters in Iceland go to the polls today to decide whether to accept a deal between the government there and Britain to repay the £3.4bn which the Treasury had to refund UK savers in the Icelandic bank Icesave It’s the … Continue reading

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Paternity to test small firms’ stamina

As broadcast on BBC radio 2 and 4 today   The new paternity leave rules mean from today that parents will be legally entitled to share the childcare during their baby’s first year, and could take six months off work … Continue reading

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How Ireland’s addiction to property brought it to its economic knees

Here’s my very personal thoughts on my homeland for the From Our Own Correspondent show which went out today on the BBC World Service http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00fvjnx/From_Our_Own_Correspondent_From_Our_Own_Correspondent/ Ireland has a problem with property. Possibly it’s due to its troubled history with its … Continue reading

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