Other people's business


Microsoft fined by myopic EU
By Alex Hern - 06 March 15:37

The most expensive line of code ever?

New Statesman
Bankers' pay is high because there's too much money in the finance sector
By Alex Hern - 06 March 12:11

The EU's attempt to cap banker's bonuses trundles on. But it's misdirected, writes Alex Hern.

Ed Balls rails against cuts to manufacturing
By Fred Crawley - 06 March 10:47

“Curtailing ambition”.

New Statesman
The rise in housing benefit is driven by a rise in need. No more, no less
By Declan Gaffney - 06 March 8:43

It's not greed, it's not fraud, it's just more people needing help to live their lives, writes Declan Gaffney.

..in which Forbes angers a Saudi Prince
By Oliver Williams - 05 March 16:47

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud is annoyed.

Ok, so there is "tokenism" in selecting women, say firms
By Raymond Doherty - 05 March 12:51

"Still on the nursery slopes"

China looks to green economy to hit GDP growth target of 7.5 per cent
By Alex Hern - 05 March 8:41

Country also puts focus on consumers to drive growth.

Swiss aim to tackle high pay through shareholder democracy
By Alex Hern - 04 March 9:19

You scratch my back, I'll ask the shareholder remuneration committee to vote to scratch yours.

Manufacturing returns to contraction
By Alex Hern - 01 March 12:18

One phrase is on everyone's mouths, and it rhymes with schmiple schmip.

Don't be too hard on Osborne: the bonus cap is horribly flawed
By Alex Hern - 01 March 10:58

What will happen to bankers pay? Very little. To their risk taking? Very little. To, basically, anything? You guessed it.

Stephen Hester's magical misdirection: defending RBS's £5bn losses and £679m bonuses
By Alex Andreou - 28 February 15:26

RBS has announced losses of over £5.1bn and bonuses of £679m, after being bailed out by the taxpayer. Through Stephen Hester's sleight of hand, we are expected to believe that this has been a “chastening year” for the bank.

The Guardian asks, "are our appliances getting too complicated?" No, they’re not
By Jason Stamper - 28 February 12:47

So-called "function inflation" can actually make our lives simpler.

Is this the end of bonus culture?
By Oliver Williams - 28 February 11:41

The punishment, finally, has come.

Government Bond Markets: Unfeeling Psychopaths or Rational Keynesians?
By Pawe? Morski - 28 February 9:45

We're blaming the fire alarm for the fire.

Hester: RBS "will be ready to sell by 2015"
By Martha Gill - 28 February 8:36

Huge losses, bonus caps, and too much government interference.

Blinded by tech, are UK businesses forgetting the basics?
By Sara Perria - 27 February 16:25

Common sense still not an optional app.

Five questions answered on British Gas’s 2012 profit rise
By Heidi Vella - 27 February 10:44

"So no, I don't think customers will be celebrating."

New Statesman
Sexual harassment in the City
By Sophie McBain - 26 February 12:24

It's not just Westminster.