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A make-or-break Budget for the Tories

17 November 2017

This Budget really is make or break for the current Conservative government. What seems like an endless series of gaffes and mishaps has left it clinging to the rafters - with the small matter of Brexit still to deal with

Canary Wharf, London

When it comes to workspaces, the future's flexible

17 November 2017

Chaos theory states that “something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon half way around the world”. Less dramatically put, one cause can have many effects.

Jessie Basra

Sexual harassment must not be swept under the carpet

17 November 2017

The laws prohibiting sexual harassment have been around for some time. However, the recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other public figures have focused the spotlight on this area of law again.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' book title stairs

'Uncomfortable' Brexit issues must be faced head on

17 November 2017

I was amazed to read recently that a school district in Mississippi had removed To Kill a Mockingbird from its pupils’ reading list because the book was making children “uncomfortable”.

Autonomous cars

Driverless cars could transform cities for better and for worse

17 November 2017

There’s a lot of excitement about the future of driverless cars, or ‘autonomous vehicles’ to use the parlance preferred by the professionals.

Generic family

The Generation Game approach to BTR can bolster the rented sector

16 November 2017

“So you rent? When will you buy a house?” I have been asked these questions countless times during my past four years living in London.

The Queen

Hellish row between Duchy and the Palace over ‘Paradise Papers’

10 November 2017

At some point this week the trustees of the Duchy of Lancaster will surely have sat down with a senior courtier from Buckingham Palace to discuss the ‘Paradise Papers’.


Brexit doom-mongers have been proved wrong

10 November 2017

After my last two articles this year avoided the subject, I make no apology for returning to Brexit.

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Liz Hamson, editor of Property Week

Retirement and retail at critical junctures

17 November 2017

Retirement living used to be synonymous with care homes - and its prospects were seen as about as enticing as being sent to one. Not anymore.

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Harnessing the spend of the baby boomer generation

16 November 2017

Groundhog Day - sorry, the Budget - is upon us again. Far from freeing up the green belt, turning up borrowing for social housing or seed-funding modular factories, we’re likely to see more pointless demand-side levers or the training of more brickies (a bit like shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic).

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