HS2 was only ever about politics. And the battle will reach the heart of No 10 | Simon Jenkins

On the one side, the lobbyists; on the other, Boris Johnson’s closest advisers. This will be a major test of his mettleWill it be yes or no to HS2? Within the next fortnight the answer is due on whether Britain needs a fifth rail pathway to the north f…

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EU tech regulator backs UK plans for digital tax, despite Trump threats

Margrethe Vestager says EU will also tax tech firms who ‘create value but do not pay taxes’The European Union’s leading tech regulator has thrown her weight behind the British government’s plans to press ahead with a digital tax despite threats from Do…

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Home ownership among young people rises after decade of decline

Help-to-buy scheme has helped 25- to 34-year-olds get on property ladder, say analystsThe proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds who own their own home in England has increased for the first time in over a decade, according to official figures.The latest En…

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