Work and Business: Delivering on the Post Office’s potential

Annabel Barnett

The UK’s post office network, with over 11,500 outlets reaching into every community, provides much-needed services to all sections of society. Larger than all the bank branches put together, its scope, reach and potential is unrivalled. However, the incoming government in May 2015 will have to grapple with the fundamental and serious problems facing the…


Lord of all he surveys: Interview with Lord Ashcroft

Mary Riddell

Once bitten, twice shy. Lord Ashcroft is a veteran of bruising encounters with some in the media and the Labour party. That hostility, chronicled in his memoir, Dirty Politics, Dirty Times, burned out long ago. Since then, Michael Ashcroft – one-time Conservative party treasurer, deputy chairman and major party donor – has appeared to rise,…