Monthly Archives: June 2014

As I said, and as MPs now say, PFI is dead

Last month I wrote that the British government had killed off its public-private partnerships programme. Today’s report from a committee of MPs confirms that – arguably the most important point in the report, though not one chosen as the ‘top … Continue reading

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China Development Bank and HS2: more paper tiger than dragon’s roar

Yesterday evening I was in Broadcasting House, the headquarters of BBC News, watching a big screen carrying an exclusive report from their business editor, Kamal Ahmed. China, he reported, is seeking to finance the construction of High Speed 2, the planned … Continue reading

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CVC: when infrastructure investing goes wrong

If (as I keep saying on this blog) now is such a good time to be investing in infrastructure, why has one of the world’s biggest private equity firms pulled out of investing in it altogether?

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Energy prices and how to build nuclear power

News that British energy regulator Ofgem has complained about the lack of transparency over energy prices pushes the issue of how we pay for our electricity back into the spotlight. Meanwhile, a centrist think-tank has published a report about a … Continue reading

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