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Articles for April 2007

Labour's decade, the best and worst of times

Anyone looking at New Labour's decade through a macroeconomic lens might conclude it was the best of times. Yet reverse the lens and it looks very different
The council that gave people what they wanted

PERMANENTLY CAST in the long shadow of Whitehall, local government has long been the poor relation of politics - the purveyor of bins, parking tickets and Asbos as opposed to high strategy. But, as yet unreflected in dismal voting totals, things are stirr
What's so hard about keeping accounts simple?

BY TURNING ITS 2007 annual report into a 454-page, 1.5kg WMD for the postal system, HSBC may have been hoping to bring down the current reporting regime at a stroke. Yet while there is widespread agreement that present rules leave much to be desired, redu
Food for thought: nice guys really can succeed

No amount of generosity has so far succeeded in putting us out of business, says Danny Meyer of his successful New York restaurant group.
If everything can be outsourced, what is left?

OUTSOURCE EVERYTHING except your soul,' the excitable guru Tom Peters once exhorted. And companies all over the world have responded with a will.