Barclays PLC and four former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office case relates to billions of pounds the bank raised from Qatari investors, enabling it to avoid a government bailout. Juan Gozzi Valdez, Assistant Professor, Economics briefly comments
The second and final round of elections in the 13 regions of France was always going to produce a win-win situation for the far-right FN. By capturing even one region, they could announce the end of a two-party system, and then seek to govern soberly in the run-up to presidential elections in 16 months. If they were to be blocked through tactical voting and fail to obtain any of the several winnable regions, they could denounce two-party collusion, present themselves as the denied voice of the people, and continue to blame France’s woes on lies, the government, the EU, the IMF, immigrants, globalisation, establishment, etc. etc, in preparation for a 2017 re-run.
Professor Nigel Driffield from the Warwick Business School shares some thoughts on the chancellor inviting China to bid for HS2 contracts
The first issue to address is whether this is seeking to attract trade or foreign investment. The wording of the text is that they want Chinese companies to tender for certain parts of the infrastructure, which essentially suggests trade – ie importing sub-assemblies, components, even trains from China (or the lines themselves).
Honorary Associate Clinical Professor Roger Gadsby at the Warwick Medical School shares his thoughts on the commitment to raise the living wage..