UK blackouts raise questions over private sector’s right to profit from power

Energy network companies are under scrutiny after last month’s outage, the worst of its kind in a decadeThere is never a good time for a blackout, but for Britain’s energy companies the timing of last month’s power failure could scarcely have been wors…

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If ministers want to rebalance the economy, they must scrap HS2 | Larry Elliott

Improving rail links in the north is a far better use of £80bn-plus than continuing with a delayed projectThe future of HS2, Britain’s most ambitious infrastructure project, is hanging by a thread after the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced …

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Just Eat £9bn merger plan sends shares soaring 30%

UK firm sparks possible bidding war after agreeing terms with Dutch rival Takeaway.comThe prospect of a multibillion-pound bidding war for Just Eat sent shares in the FTSE 100 online food delivery company surging by 30% on Monday.Just Eat agreed terms …

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