The economic history of the United Kingdom deals with the economic history of England and Great Britain from 1500 to the early 21st century. (For earlier periods see Economy of England in the Middle Ages and Economic history of Scotland). After becoming one of the most prosperous economic regions in Europe between 1600 and 1700, Britain led the industrial revolution and dominated the European and world economy during the 19th century. It was the major innovator in machinery such as steam engines (for pumps, factories, railway locomotives and steamships), textile equipment, and tool-making. It invented the railway system and built much of the equipment used by other nations. As well it was a leader in international and domestic banking, entrepreneurship, and trade. It built a global British Empire. After 1840, it abandoned mercantilism and practised "free trade," with no tariffs or quotas or restrictions. The powerful Royal Navy protected its global holdings, while its legal … [Read more...] about Economic history of the United Kingdom
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Murders, rapists, paedophiles and international drug smugglers were among the criminals jailed across Merseyside this year. In many cases, their victims showed tremendous courage in facing their tormentors in court or fighting back against the thugs who targeted them. Officers have spent months and in some cases years working tirelessly to bring these callous criminals to justice for their horrific crimes. Below are all the details about 500 of the men and women put behind bars in 2018. January Ryan Lacey Doorman Lacey was caught up in a mass brawl after a contingent of Eintracht Frankfurt fans travelled to Liverpool to “participate in violence”, on November 22, 2017. After trying to defend a colleague, Lacey was filmed “body-slamming” a local man, Damion Tucker, who was mistaken for one of the German group, before stamping on the head of Jan Richter-Gemer. Mr Richter-Gemer, 25, spent weeks in Aintree Hospital where he required intensive treatment for multiple … [Read more...] about 500 people locked up in Merseyside in 2018
From the Belfast rape trial to the historic referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, to the shocking CervicalCheck scandal and concerted interventions to address the gender pay gap, 2018 has been quite the roller coaster when it comes to women’s advancement, writes Political Correspondent Elaine Loughlin ‘Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels and gold wands in the bank, and buy a revolver.’Almost 110 years after Constance Markievicz uttered those rabble-rousing words women have undoubtedly made considerable advances but in many instances they still have a fight on their hands.In the year that we celebrated a century since women were given the right to vote, just 22% of our TDs are female.Irish women are now more likely to have a third-level qualification than men, with over half (55.1%) of women aged 25-34 having a third-level qualification in 2016 compared to just 42.9% of men in this age group.However, the 2016 census showed that the … [Read more...] about Year of the woman: 2018 has been a roller coaster when it comes to women’s advancement
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:02 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Suffolk's most inspirational women Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector. Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. Here we celebrate the women who have make us proud to be from Suffolk.Jenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and two young children, operating her business, Events Under Canvas, from Capel St Mary. While travelling in her 20s, Jenna began a recruitment … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women
Now, two years after Britons voted to exit the EU, it's worth reflecting on not just how the Big Bang was detonated but also on the principles it represented. This wasn't an immutable act of nature so much as a reversible act of financial engineering, and Brexit has become an agent of its undoing. The financial revolution Thatcher kicked off was an expression of faith in the power of globaliation to improve lives - a faith that's been shaken in the era of Brexit and Donald Trump. In 1982, when I began my London posting with the 'Wall Street Journal', bankers still came to work in bowler hats and repp ties (and never, ever brown shoes). To keep the dust down at the old London Stock Exchange at Capel Court, where jobbers traded equities face-to-face on a dirt floor, waiters sprinkled the ground with watering cans. Parochialism meant workdays were short and slow. Profit was a consideration, not a priority. Friendship or nepotism, not ability, usually determined who got a job. … [Read more...] about Big Bang made London the centre of global finance. Will Brexit bring it all down?