In case you missed them, hear is a selection of media articles from this week that are worth a read, or a re-read:
BBC online: Bill-by-Bill progress report on Coalition’s plans: At the end of a week where the Lobbying Bill has advanced and a Tory rebellion failed, what’s the bigger picture when it comes to the Coalition’s delivery of the Bills in the last Queen’s speech? Here, the BBC kindly summarises the answer…
FT: David Cameron admits Labour’s 50p tax plan is ‘politically convenient’: Polls indicate that Labour’s 50p tax rate is popular with ordinary voters – 60 per cent of voters agree with the plan. But YouGov pollster, Anthony Wells, says it risks playing into a wider perception of Labour being anti-business.
FT: Davey to back energy industry calls for tougher regulation of North Sea: Shock, horror! Believe it or not, an industry is calling for tougher regulation, and the minister supports them. Energy Secretary, Ed Davey is expected to back demands from the industry for a much tougher regulatory regime in the North Sea, requiring companies to collaborate to maximise the recovery of oil and gas from existing fields and new discoveries.
The Times: Aerospace adds jet-powered boost to the economy: Figures from UK aerospace trade body, ADS, show that booming production of commercial jetliners is bringing in more than £1 billion of new business to the UK’s civil aerospace industry. ADS argues that the figures show how important the sector is to UK economy, and the government needs to maintain support for companies that could take their operations overseas.
BBC online: Location, salvation, damnation: Striking oil in your back garden won’t make you rich, but will add to the Queen’s coffers. Property and land ownership laws have taken some strange turns over the years. Here the BBC looks at where common sense and legal lunacy have crossed paths to leave the UK – and the US – with some anachronistic quirks.
FT: UK wind power company scraps farm plans: Cheshire-based, Community Windpower has scrapped plans to build two new wind farms because of the government’s “constantly shifting” position on renewable energy. It said that it has been forced to abandon one project in Cornwall and another in Lancashire, which together would have supported 120 construction jobs. Government plans to force green generators to bid for subsidies were “likely to crash the price at best…or stop generators selling green energy altogether.”