UK wealth gap ‘widening over past decade’ says report – BBC News

June 19, 2017

… of the population has started to fall again”. “Given the hugely unequal distribution of wealth across Britain, it’s time we looked into how the nation’s wealth is divided up and what the consequences are for those who never build up assets of any significance,” said Conor D’Arcy, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation. “Falling levels of home ownership mean that, having once been a great force in driving down inequality, shifts in who owns what …


Election 2017 poll tracker: How the parties compare – BBC News

June 7, 2017

Who will win the general election and by how much? Check what the latest opinion polls say and follow updates from the BBC’s senior elections and political analyst Peter Barnes. The poll tracker will be updated as the campaign unfolds. Their poll was conducted today, after last night’s Question Time special, where Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn faced questions from a live audience. And they found that more people who watched the programme said it made them more likely to vote …


Election 2017: 10 things we’ve learned over seven weeks – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… Breaking the party line? 5) There are more women running for office Image copyright Getty Images When Mrs May called this snap election, the Conservative Party was ahead in the polls by some way. But Labour has been closing the gap. However, senior elections and political analyst Peter Barnes warns there are still quite large differences between the pollsters’ figures. And as we learned in 2015, the polls can be wrong. Almost all of the pollsters have changed their methods since …


China, the King of Coal, Is Getting Gassy

… said. The government is trying to fix that with plans to cap the rate of return on assets for urban gas distributors and Nomura Holdings Inc. analysts including Jamie Wang said in a research note. Regulators haven’t released details and timelines of any industry reforms yet. “One of the big policy agendas is liberalization of the gas market,” said Neil Beveridge, an analyst at Bernstein in Hong Kong. “That is really the ultimate direction in which the government wants …

May 25, 2017

Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017