A man with a plan, and ruthless truth

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The Bank of England behaves a bit like a religious order. To show just how much it's on top of things, its most senior cleric intones in a sort of obscure economic theology.

Uncertainty, points out Mark Carney in his latest speech, can "weigh on employment and aggregate demand, creating disinflationary pressures, while the freeze in resource reallocation can hold back productivity and aggregate supply, creating inflationary pressures".

The flow of this technocratic monologue is helped, at least for the reader, with no fewer than 13 charts.

This was a carefully calibrated contribution to discussion of where the British economy is going next, and what can be done to absorb the shock of the referendum rather than use policy to amplify it.

Mr Carney's calm Canadian tones are meant to reassure. Even if you don't know what he's on about, you should get the impression of a serious man for serious times.

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Brexit upheaval: structural damage and development potential

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The markets may have found a floor, for now. Some traders have picked themselves off it.

The FTSE 100 index is back where it was before the Brexit result. But many within that corporate elite are global companies. And this was far from being an even recovery.

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Stuck in the middle with EU

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Image caption Greenland chose an Arctexit from the EU in 1985 while remaining tied to Copenhagen

I'm old enough to remember when Lib Dems were consigned to the political margins by party members' eccentric fascination with constitutional questions.

Now, the constitution feels like the only game in town. Which reminds me - whatever happened to the Liberal Democrats?

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Brexit and Consequences

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Quickly established as the dominant explanation for Thursday's referendum vote on European Union membership: the "leave" voters were largely from parts of the country and communities which feel left out of prosperity elsewhere.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says they feel abandoned, left behind and ignored, often with low-wage, insecure jobs - symbolised by a Sports Direct warehouse on the site of a former coalmine.

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Business and Brexit: whatever next?

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Has business been crying wolf? Heavily weighted to the Remain side, the voices of business Britain and corporate Caledonia raised a lot of serious concerns about the economic consequences of Brexit.

They lost the vote. And now, they're telling us they can cope with the upheaval that's being thrown at them.

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Brexit and the bottom line

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Image caption The Ford car company says it is concerned about the UK leaving the EU

Ford says a break from the European Union would cost it "hundreds of millions of pounds". That's because it's not only a manufacturer and exporter, but its finance arm is regulated as a bank.

Other motor manufacturers, headquartered in Germany, the US, Japan and India, have also voiced their concern collectively.

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Parenting: it's payback time

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Father's Day: a commercial opportunity to lavish crass cards and tacky tankards on dads.

Or less cynically, it's a time to consider what it is to have a dad, and what he means to you.

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Job hopes blown on the wind

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Once upon a time, there were high hopes of Scotland becoming an industrial powerhouse for renewable energy.

You may recall the "Saudi Arabia of renewables" rhetoric. Land was earmarked for Dundee and Leith and Renfrew and Methil. Thousands of jobs were attached to the announcements.

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Lumps and bumps: Scotland's out-of-shape economy

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At least the weather's been a bit warmer, so shoppers have splurged a little bit - on sandals, summerwear, skincare and slimming products. Also on 'athleisure'* (for which those slimming products should come in handy). So says the Scottish Retail Consortium, looking for a silver lining to a large cloud.

Total shop sales in May have been declining every month for more than two years. But there's not much else about Wednesday's outpouring of economic figures that's likely to cheer us up.

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The oil barons' revolution

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You know something's really badly wrong with North Sea oil and gas, when the people who control it are calling for their own overthrow.

The leaders are looking for leadership. Though fiercely competitive, they are asking someone to arrange for their collaboration.

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