Alex Brummer on Business

Osborne, be bold in the Budget

By Alex Brummer, March 15, 2012

In many ways George Osborne has been a disappointing Chancellor. The toxic inheritance of Labour's debt mountain, together with the rigours of coalition politics and the crisis in the Euroland, have left him with little room to manoeuvre.

But none of this really explains his failure to seize the high ground in rebalancing the UK economy away from finance and underpinning growth.

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Negev economy gets boost

By Alex Brummer, March 1, 2012

The most recent report by the OECD, the Paris-based watchdog of developed nations, generally gives the Israeli economy a clean bill of health.

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Glenstrata giant - it won't be that easy

By Alex Brummer, February 16, 2012

Proposed and completed mergers of mining giants do not have a happy history in modern times.

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Do bonuses fuel antisemitism?

By Alex Brummer, February 2, 2012

Let me be clear from the start. The bankers who have been, and will continue to dominate news bulletins; Stephen Hester, chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Bob Diamond, chief executive of Barclays, are not Jewish.

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New pay rules just won't work

By Alex Brummer, January 19, 2012

You do not have to be a socialist to think that pay in Britain's boardrooms has gone off the scale.

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Trad retail suffering but online has pain, too

By Alex Brummer, January 5, 2012

Translating the high-street headlines at the start of a new year is like navigating a maze.

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Food supremo retains her global appetite

By Alex Brummer, December 29, 2011

No modern takeover in Britain caused so much public furore as the February 2010 purchase by American food giant Kraft of Cadbury.

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Could a BIB promote growth?

By Alex Brummer, December 8, 2011

The search continues for a big idea to help rebalance the British economy and restore growth. In his autumn statement, George Osborne proposed some £40bn of "credit easing" to get cheaper credit flowing to small and medium-sized enterprises along with a boost for infrastructure spending to create jobs and investment in new capital projects.

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It's time to tax those bankers

By Alex Brummer, November 10, 2011

The 'Occupy Wall Street' and 'Occupy London' movements are too easily dismissed as the actions of a bunch of middle-class cranks without a real cause. But like the 'Cottage Cheese' protests in Israel and the spontaneous youth protests in Barcelona, they are civil disobedience with real meaning.

The global crisis has placed sharp income disparities in the spotlight.

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The banks still have so much to learn

By Alex Brummer, October 11, 2011

The reputation of the City has taken a terrible battering as a result of the financial crisis. Each time it picks itself up there is a new blow; perhaps most recently in the shape of the £1.3 billion rogue trading scandal at the London end of Swiss bank UBS.

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