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The decision by one of the ratings agencies to downgrade the debt of the United States may not, on the face of it, seem of major concern to the British economy; not least as the agency involved has a
pre-recession record of risible inaccuracy. But it sends out a signal about the post-crash economy that should make everyone sit up and take notice.


It is somehow symptomatic of the good fortune enjoyed by this Government that just as the nation’s legion of hacks was lined up ready to analyse the 2011 Budget, the iconic actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor should die.


Prime Minister David Cameron may not yet have convinced the Great British Public of the merits of his Big Society idea but it is not for the want of trying. Unfortunately, most people seem to be so confused as to what the idea actually entails, they are in no position to judge its merits.


There are very few good things that emerge from recession; the hope must be in this one that the British attitude to service undergoes a step change.


The regeneration industry, despite recent setbacks, remains in robust good health – and it is not a fact that we should celebrate.


That the coalition, particularly the Conservative arm of it, is using the urgent need to reduce public spending as cover for the idea of reducing the size of the state is to be welcomed. However, removing the dead hand of Government from the UK economy will only be transformative if there is a clear idea of how the private sector can step into the gap.


The impact of the spending cuts due to be announced in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review are beginning to cause panic amongst those who really should know better, particularly in the North.


I am told by those readers who live in the more pleasant parts of our region that if you cut a worm in half you finish up with two perfectly functioning worms. I have checked: it is true.


Rejoice! Rejoice! The one-eyed Scottish lunatic has gone.


In the early Middle Ages, a large part of the economy of western Europe was based around the buying and selling of religious relics. Nothing, from the shinbone of a saint to his tears, was without a value. No doubt the venture capitalists of the day could ascribe an expected internal rate of return to the thigh bone of a notable crusader.

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David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

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