‘Too many skills and resources are sucked down to London’

The Times 24 August 2015

It was a gift for the cynics. This year George Osborne renamed a train Northern Powerhouse as a symbol of the project he has undertaken to devolve powers to the northern cities, drive investment there and rebalance Britain’s economy away from London and the southeast.

Northern powerhouse can help close wealth gap with the south

The Times 15 June 2015

“This is a revolution in the way we govern England,” said the chancellor, George Osborne, fresh from election victory, as he fleshed out plans for the northern powerhouse in a converted warehouse in Salford last month. “The old model of trying to run everything in our country from the centre of London is broken. It is time for you to take control of your own affairs,” he told the assembled group of dignitaries.

Stem cell therapy will cure cancer and make blind see

The Times 20 August 2014

On the twelfth floor of Guy’s Hospital, next to the Shard, is a gleaming laboratory with panoramic views of London. To the untrained eye, it looks rather like a room full of photocopiers, microwaves and washing machines — but the equipment in here sets pulses racing for the scientists who come to stir, spin, modify, test and manufacture cells within its spotless glass walls.

An industrial revolution that begins in a sandpit

The Times 19 August 2014

‘In the future, 30 or 40 years from now, as the scarcity of resources comes to bite across the world, being good at manufacturing could be as important as being good at defence.” Hamid Mughal, the director of manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, might be biased, but many countries appear to agree.

Make way for the age of the robot

The Telegraph 12 July 2014

Robots could soon be let loose on decommissioned nuclear sites, farms, abandoned mines and even whole towns in Britain, to test how they behave in real-world situations.

Portugal at flashpoint as austerity lights fires in mild-mannered populace

The Guardian 28 September 2012

We have reached the limit. People are tired of making sacrifices because you don’t see any improvement whatsoever. Quite the opposite.” Marina Padeiro, 36, is one of Portugal’s estimated 1.3 million unemployed – a number that has shot up in the past year and a half, as a result of the stinging austerity measures imposed on the country in exchange for a €78bn (£62bn) bailout.