Is it fair to apply modern values when judging the troubled past, asks Simon Walker
Directors prove that determination will outlast blind optimism, says the IoD’s director general
The BBC Charter comes up for renewal in 2016 and whichever party is in office faces the decision: what to do about the licence fee?
It doesn’t seem like five years since David Cameron and Nick Clegg came together in the Downing Street rose garden to form a coalition, but in just a few months the fixed-term parliament will end and the parties will be ripping chunks out of each other in an effort to win your votes. Before campaigning reaches […]
Trust in Britain plc is at its lowest ebb but as the general election approaches there’s a chance to rekindle public support
British voters face a general election in less than six months. All the polls agree that no one knows who is going to win. The election could result in a period of profound and […]
The Financial Times’s economics editor, Chris Giles, is normally polite, even deferential. So his column on 10 October – not coincidentally the date of Ukip’s by-election victory – was a surprise. Ripping into both major parties, he said: “Forgetfulness or deceit, it does not matter.
When the new government opens the books after the [general] election […]
The British government was ordered to pay £224m in August to the US defence contractor, Raytheon, for unlawfully terminating a £750m contract for an electronic border control system. Did heads roll or ministers make a grovelling apology for squandering taxpayer funds that might have been used, say, to build a new district general hospital? Not […]
IoD director general Simon Walker explains how cab-hailing app Uber is pointing the way in the sharing economy
We are fortunate in the UK to have a vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial scene, complementing a proud tradition of industry, trade and commerce. From great British companies whose footprint now spans the globe, to innovative start-ups, there is much to celebrate. The IoD values its role at the heart of businesses both old and new, […]
Debate rages over the Pfizer/AstraZeneca tussle and whether ‘beastly’ foreign companies (such as Tata) should be allowed to take over failing British-based businesses (like Jaguar Land Rover) or whether they should be left securely in domestic hands (like British Leyland?).
According to YouGov, 64 per cent of the public believe foreign ownership of UK companies is […]
Ten business leaders with experience in international trade reveal how they took their first steps outside the UK
Prime minister David Cameron is right to commit himself to increasing inheritance tax thresholds if he wins the next general election. His timid colleagues who fear a political backlash should think again. This government has been at its best when it has been at its boldest – just as we saw with pensions reform.
Britain’s ‘death […]