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Waking up to find that the Tories have regained popularity is certainly a strange feeling. Maybe they can fail a bit better this time
Our building sites are bloodless descendants of the sites of the roaring 50s, when men were men, lavatories were buckets and passers-by were fair game
What does the future hold for contractors? History can give us some of the answers – and so can a well known renaissance philosopher
With the corporate killing bill on the way, should company directors be going on courses preparing them for a life of snout, slopping out and table tennis?
The government's refusal to treat the construction industry as the special case it is has made it very difficult for Labour to triumph in next year's election
The construction industry is in a state of permanent revolution, which puts a lot of pressure on those of us who have to build things
If Iain Duncan Smith's election was remarkable, so are the global and national challenges he'll have to face. And he might just be the man for the job
Railway privatisation has been an almighty cock-up. To put things right, the government will have to bite the bullet and spend, spend, spend
Europeans have a great deal to teach us about the arts, politeness, preserving cultural differences – and about a taste for real food
Scandal to a politician is like manure to a pig farmer – an inevitable, if not enjoyable, part of the job. However, it can prise power from the strongest PMs
The City largely ignores construction, believing it to be far too risky an enterprise. We should return the compliment and just get on with making money
If we're going to seize our inauspicious economy by the horns, companies need to stop kidding themselves that things are better than they really are
So Ray O'Rourke's fusiliers are going to make £55,000 a year while they put up Terminal 5, are they? Maybe, but they'll have to win some battles first …
The battle for contracts in Iraq has begun. As we were in the firing line, we ought to get a fair share of the work – before the French find a way back in
First person It’s no wonder the national stadium keeps hitting obstacles: it has the wrong price, the wrong client and the wrong location.
First person After recent takeovers and mergers, it’s worth remembering that few acquisitions in construction have really prospered.
First person The dot-com-dominated City is no place for contractors. They should opt out and take ownership into their own hands.
First person Construction in the USA is booming, but British contractors thinking of rushing over there are contemplating suicide.
First person Builders should be wary of signing contracts with public sector clients that may leave them singing for their money.
Good riddance to John Major’s Tory government; a warm welcome to New Labour’s new conservatism.
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