Tags: NULL Cameron takes stock after 100 days in power TONY Blair, who releases his memoirs next month, says his biggest regret was not doing enough during his early years in power. He wasted his first 100 days – and indeed much of his first term – basking in the glory of Labour’s landslide win. By the time he turned his attention to public service reform, his popularity was waning, as was his ability to take on Gordon Brown, a powerful but disgruntled chancellor who was hell-bent on blocking Blair at every turn. The spectre of Blair’s big mistake haunts David Cameron, who took power in less auspicious circumstances 100 days ago. Although many observers expected a Tory-Liberal administration to be hamstrung with infighting and indecision, the fragility of the government has spurred it to do more, not less; both sides are acutely aware that a coalition – no matter how strong – is more likely to fall apart than a majority government. Time is not on their side. With this in mind, the government has been getting things done at a frenetic pace. Legislation is being rushed through the Commons at breakneck speed, using mechanisms originally designed for times of national emergency; Downing Street spinners have been instructed to make an announcement a day; laws have been repealed; and countless reviews have begun. Here City A.M. selects the events that have affected London’s financiers and businesses, and asks if more – or less – could have been done. EMERGENCY BUDGETGeorge Osborne’s emergency Budget, delivered in June, looms large over everything the government does. Faced with a parlous economic inheritance, Osborne has embarked on the toughest fiscal tightening in Britain’s peacetime history; most departments (excluding health and international aid) have been asked to cut spending in real terms by between 25 per cent and 40 per cent. The City had serious concerns about Osborne when he was in opposition, but, for now at least, he has protected Britain’s triple-A rating and kept the cost of servicing the national debt low. He also managed to see off a potential rebellion by brokering a compromise on capital gains tax, which went up from 18 to 28 per cent; high enough to satisfy tax-happy Lib Dems but low enough to convince Tory rebels to keep their powder dry. OFFICE FOR BUDGET RESPONSIBILITYThis was supposed to be Osborne’s big, bold move: an official forecaster that was independent of the Treasury, making it impossible for the chancellor to fiddle growth forecasts to fit his Budget. Advisers likened the move to Gordon Brown’s decision to hand interest rate setting powers to the Bank of England in 1997. Osborne always knew the OBR could create a rod for his own back, but he can’t have gambled on it causing so many problems so early on. Its inaugural head Sir Alan Budd has already stood down amid questions over his independence, and a replacement has yet to be found. Few can doubt the merits of an OBR, but its genesis has been nothing but trouble. FINANCIAL REGULATIONOsborne’s long-held dream of scrapping the Financial Services Authority and handing its powers to a beefed up Bank of England looked in jeopardy when the coalition was formed. Vince Cable, the Lib Dem voice on economics, was an ardent opponent. Still, Osborne got his way, albeit by convincing FSA chief Hector Sants to stay on board at the very last minute. Sants will oversee the disbandment of the FSA and then head up the new Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), a subsidiary of the Bank. An Economic Crime Agency, promised by the Tories in opposition, seems to have hit the skids for now, however, showing the limitations of the government’s whirlwind approach. Although Osborne has won the argument on disbanding the FSA, the real test is whether the PRA is much better. BANKING COMMISSIONThere’s been a running joke in Westminster since the coalition took the reins of power. “A review a day keeps legislation away”. Reviews and commissions have become a useful device for kicking party differences into the long grass, not least in the area of banking. In opposition, the Lib Dems said the break-up of universal banks like HSBC and Barclays would be a precondition of any coalition deal, but they’ve had to make do with an independent commission instead. The make-up of the commission should worry the banking industry: consumer champion Claire Spottiswoode has already called for the separation of retail and investment banking, while Financial Times writer Martin Wolf argues for a similar approach in his columns. Even the bankers – ex-Barclays chief Martin Taylor and former JP Morgan banker Bill Winters – are said to be in two minds about the merits of the universal model. Sources say Osborne and Cable are not as divided on the future of banking as reports suggest: the spectre of a British version of Glass-Steagall could yet become a reality. TAX ANDRED TAPE Firms feel more at home with the pro-business noises coming from the new government, but there have been few actions to match the rhetoric. On the plus side, the headline rate of corporation tax will be cut by 1p-a-year for the next four years until it hits 24p – Britain’s lowest ever rate, while the government will reform the way in which foreign profits are taxed. But the government is planning to scrap the default retirement age and is pressing ahead with Harriet Harman’s equalities agenda, both of which will cost firms dearly. Hopes for a bonfire of red tape appear to have been just that. 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Biarritz will meet UlsterBiarritz Olympique and Ulster Rugby will bring the curtain down on the opening two weekends of the 16th season of Heineken Cup when they clash at Parc des Sports Aguilera in a contest that could have a major bearing on the final outcome of Pool 4.Ulster Rugby made sure of banking maximum points on the opening night of the tournament with four tries against Italian newcomers Aironi Rugby but outside half Ian Humphreys accepts they face a far tougher task against last season’s Heineken Cup finalists.“The Heineken Cup is a big step up and Biarritz were runners up last year so it’s a massive challenge for us – but it is also the kind of challenge that allows us to see how good we are,” said the player now filling the No 10 boots of elder brother David at Ravenhill and one of the try scorers against Aironi.“We think we have done pretty well so far but Sunday will be a real test.“It is going to be tough going down there but, if we can perform as we know we can, we can definitely get something out of the game.“It is still early days but we are unbeaten and we’ll take plenty of positives. We’re going down there full of confidence. If we can play like we did against Aironi, cut out the mistakes and play at that intensity, not many teams will be able to live with us.“We have got to go there with confidence. We’re on a roll, winning is a habit and at the moment we’ve got that habit and hopefully it can continue next week.“It was an enjoyable opener as I think we all had the mindset that we were going to play a bit of rugby. We tried to lift the intensity and I think Aironi struggled to deal with that at times.“It was just through a few mistakes that we didn’t pile on the points. A couple of times we tried to force the offload and force passes. The challenge against the top teams like Biarritz is that we need to tighten up on that and cut out the silly errors.” “It was solid throughout the game and all credit to the front row, I thought Tom Court and Bryan Young did exceptionally well, along with Rory Best as well.“That gives us another boost in confidence going into the game with Biarritz who will be a very tight scrummaging unit.” TAGS: Ulster Ulster Rugby – the 1999 tournament winners – have failed to qualify for the knock-out stages for the 11 seasons since then and head coach Brian McLaughlin was pleased to have got off to a five-point start with higher mountains to climb.“It has been an exceptional start,” he said. “We are very happy with where we are, we think we’re in a good place and we know we can still play better.“Biarritz are last year’s runners up, they’re a smashing side and we’re under no illusions.“Aironi are a very tough physical pack and things will be no different in Biarritz. We have to make sure we deal with that and match their physicality.“And they will be a different proposition on their own patch but we’re going to go there with a lot of confidence. If we can make sure we take our opportunities when they arise, well, who knows?“The set scrum was a particularly pleasing point for me against Aironi. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Wealth-X publishes World Ultra Wealth-Report 2012-13 Howard Lake | 17 September 2012 | News 38 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Ultra high net worth (UHNW) prospecting and intelligence specialists Wealth-X has published the second annual edition of its World Ultra Wealth-Report.The report considers only individuals with a net worth of US $30 million or more.Global• There are now 187,380 people in the ultra wealthy bracket, an increase of 0.6% over the previous year. Their combined wealth, however, shrank by 1.8% to US$25.8 trillion.• Their total wealth still surpasses the combined GDP of the USA and China by US$3.5 trillion.• There are now 2,160 billionaires in the world, an increase of 9.4%. Their combined wealth has grown by 14% to US$6.2 trillion.Europe• There are 53,440 ultra wealthy people, a drop of 1.9%.• They have a combined wealth of $6.95 trillion, a drop of 2.7% Advertisement UK• In the UK, there are 10,515 ultra high net worth individuals.• They have a combined wealth of $1.325 trillion, a rise of 3.7%.• There are 140 individuals with a wealth of at least $1 billion, and 5,490 with a wealth of between $30 million to $49 million.The report also includes other more detailed information, including a state-by-state analysis in the USA, with California at the top of the league, and New York leading as the city with the highest number of ultra wealthy people.http://wealthx.com/wealthreport/ Tagged with: Prospect research
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