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Articles for May 2009

Look to the Puritans, not business schools

As Larry Elliott noted in the Guardian recently, since the 1960s the liberal state has been stood on its head. Whereas 40 years ago markets were framed by strong checks and balances, while within the law individuals could, and did, tell officials to mind
Individuality can banish the downturn blues

Lynda Gratton's new book, Glow: How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation and Success , was written before the crunch, but many will find its subject - self-help in a globalised and corporate world - perfectly suited for the times.
Don't simply stamp 'Private' on the Royal Mail

WILL ROYAL MAIL be New Labour's political and managerial watershed? There could hardly be a clearer test case of what, if anything, 12 years of bruising encounters with public-sector reform have taught it.
Here's an idea: don't offer prizes for suggestions

SIGH. Another grand efficiency wheeze that should have been strangled at birth.
The rich cried wolf. Now they deserve to be bitten

IN AESOP'S fable of the boy who cried wolf, the sting in the tail is that when the wolf actually appears, the young shepherd has lied so many times that no one comes to his aid even when the wolf is devouring the flock (and, in some versions, the boy hims