Jun 15th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Police in Hong Kong used rubber bullets, tear gas and water hoses on crowds demonstrating against a proposed law that would allow people to be extradited to the Chinese mainland. Three days earlier, perhaps 1m marchers thronged the streets, worried that the law would make anyone in Hong Kong, citizens and visiting businessfolk alike, vulnerable to …

Business this week

Business this week

The proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, first floated in April last year, faced a fresh hurdle as a group of American states led by California and New York launched a lawsuit to block it. The states are challenging the deal because it is “exactly the sort of consumer-harming, job-killing mega-merger our antitrust laws are designed to prevent”, …

People v power · The rule of law in Hong Kong

People v power · The rule of law in Hong Kong

Huge demonstrations have rattled the territory’s government—and the leadership in Beijing THREE THINGS stand out about the protesters who rocked Hong Kong this week. There were a great many of them. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in what may have been the biggest demonstration since Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997. …

A Conservative clown show · The Tories are throwing away their reputation for economic prudence

A Conservative clown show · The Tories are throwing away their reputation for economic prudence

The leading candidates to be prime minister are proposing reckless policies BRITAIN’S CONSERVATIVES like to think they are the party of economic competence. Although they have overseen some debacles in recent decades, they have typically had a clear vision for the British economy. In the 1980s, under Margaret Thatcher, they deregulated markets, privatised state-run industries and …