19/02/2017: FRONT PAGE: Chaos looms for EU citizens who hope to stay in Britain
The EU fears millions of its nationals living in the UK will be left stranded in a legal no man’s land after the country leaves the EU because of the weaknesses of the British immigration system, a document obtained by the Observer reveals. MEPs and......
19/02/2017: FRONT PAGE: Thoroughly modern Molly... why Goddard is fashion’s rising star
London designer Molly Goddard provided the excitement at London fashion week with a colourful collection.... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: FRONT PAGE: ‘Dirty meat’ fear as 25% of abattoirs fail tests
One in four slaughterhouses are failing to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching high street butchers and supermarkets. An analysis of government audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern......
19/02/2017: NEWS: Australia’s new normal… as temperatures hit 47C, people shelter from a deadly heat
Nahid is resting on a bench outside a Target clothing store, her groceries beside her. A cheery, middle-aged woman with a soft Egyptian accent, she is eating a cone of bubblegum icecream as though it contains the secret of life. When I ask her if she’s...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Hollywood prefers protests to partying as the stars get ready for Oscars rallies
In a normal Oscar week, Jeremy Zimmer would expect to be wearing his best tux, rubbing shoulders with the biggest stars in Hollywood and grabbing canapés with one hand while holding a glass of champagne in the other. This year he expects to be holding...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Stop NHS rationing of critical care – charities
Theresa May has been urged by charity chiefs to stop the NHS rationing treatment for seriously ill patients and to find more money for their care in the budget next month. About 30 health charities, including the Teenage Cancer Trust, National AIDS......
19/02/2017: NEWS: The best writing, every Sunday
Six Observer journalists have been shortlisted for the annual Press Awards, a celebration of journalistic excellence. Our Food Monthly magazine has also been shortlisted in its category.... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Labour sure it can see off Ukip in Stoke despite voter apathy
Labour MPs are increasingly optimistic that the party will hang on to its seats in two crucial byelections on Thursday, as it prepares for a race to the wire with Ukip in Stoke-on-Trent Central and the Conservatives in Copeland. Despite poor national...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: MI6 chief’s role in abduction of Gaddafi foe set to be revealed
Britain’s role in the seizure and alleged torture of a Libyan opponent of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi faces exposure after a courtroom decision that threatens to lift the lid on the covert “extraordinary rendition” programme to tackle Islamist...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Top orchestra quits Britain amid fears over immigration clampdown after Brexit
One of Britain’s most successful orchestras is moving to Belgium amid fears that its musicians may be among the victims of a post-Brexit crackdown on immigration. The European Union Baroque Orchestra has been based in Oxfordshire since 1985 but will...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: In Munich’s marble halls, frosty silence greets Pence’s warning on Nato – and exposes widening divide between US and Europe
Europe’s leaders gathered in apprehensive mood in Munich yesterday for their first chance to weigh up the new US leadership’s approach to collective defence in the face of what many perceive as a growing Russian threat. The signs have been mixed, and...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Three dangerous superpowers – and we’re stuck in the middle
An uncomfortable phenomenon underlies the numerous existential dilemmas facing world leaders gathered at this weekend’s Munich security conference: it is the scary sight of three superpowers – the US, Russia and China – all behaving badly, all at...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: TRANSATLANTIC FLASHPOINTS
RUSSIA Russia is scheduled in September to hold its biggest military exercise along its western border for 20 years, citing provocation from Nato expansion. Tensions with the west have risen since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and it is accused of......
19/02/2017: NEWS: Dressed to frill: the Brit designer whose reputation and outfits just keep on growing
It was a day packed with not-to-bemissed shows at London fashion week. There was Versus, the secondary label from Versace, in town for a razzle dazzle show sure to please the paparazzi with a starry front row and roll- call of big-name models; JW...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: GODDARD’S CV
Born 1988, London. Home Ladbroke Grove, London. Educated BA in fashion knitwear at Central St Martins. She also studied on the fashion knitwear MA course in 2014, but didn’t complete it. Career Her first show, in 2014, was put together in six weeks......
19/02/2017: NEWS: One converted to Islam, the other went to far-right rallies: a modern tale of two brothers
In their youth, brothers Shaun and Lee did what they describe as the usual things: “getting wrecked” – drink, drugs, clubbing, gambling. “The party was always at our house, put it that way. And I was the host,” said Shaun. But Shaun has since become...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: CAN UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME PROVIDE A SOLUTION TO AUTOMATION, FEWER JOBS AND LOWER WAGES?
When he got the letter after Christmas saying he was entitled to an unconditional income of €560 (£478)a month, Mika Ruusunen couldn’t believe his luck. “At first I thought it was a joke. I had to read it many times. I looked for any evidence it might...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Basic income is seen as a wonder drug to fix multiple problems: so what’s the catch?
pilot were randomly selected, but had started a paid IT apprenticeship by the time he got the letter. “For me, it’s like free money on top of my earnings – it’s a bonus,” he tells me. But he thinks the basic income will make a big difference to others...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: ‘Being part-time is better than being totally unemployed’
Mari Saarenpää was selected to be a participant in the Finnish government’s basic income trial, and is receiving €560 a month. She lives in Kainuu, in rural eastern Finland. “I moved here about three years ago to study,” she says. “In spring, I...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: NO- STRINGS CASH – FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
The idea of the universal basic income is that the government pays every adult citizen the basic cost of living. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, in work or unemployed – everyone gets the same amount. There are no strings attached. After......
19/02/2017: NEWS: ‘I always say to a woman who may be in a dark place – if I can make it, so can you’
A milestone in British penal history is about to be marked: the 10th anniversary of a devastating document that lifted the lid on the scandalous conditions in which we incarcerate our female criminals. It was the work of a remarkable woman, brought up...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: ‘Churchill was full of flaws and lived with his mistakes’ – Brian Cox’s latest film challenge
He has played Hermann Goering and Joseph Stalin. Now, after those monsters of the 20th century, comes a portrayal of one of its heroes. Brian Cox is taking on the role of Winston Churchill in a new film, for which he put on 10 kilos, shaved his head...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Smokers who want to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs are forced to ration help
Smokers in England wanting to quit face a postcode lottery as cashstrapped councils and GPs restrict access to services that can help them. The revelation has alarmed health experts and charities who claim that lives are being put at risk as a result...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: PAST LIVES
Richard Burton The Gathering Storm (1974) Writing in The New York Times before the drama was aired in the US, Burton said that while preparing to play Churchill, “I realised afresh that I hate Churchill and all his kind.” The BBC banned him from...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Four decades on, ‘it’s time to honour’ the punk dreamers of an Alternative Ulster
The old punks of “Alternative Ulster” are rebelling again, this time over the refusal of a request to recognise the role of bands such as Stiff Little Fingers in uniting Protestants and Catholics at the height of the Troubles. Amateur punk historian...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
One of the UK’s largest Buddhist orders has been forced to report allegations of sexual abuse after a former follower claimed he was coerced into sex with one of its elders. In a separate development, the group’s founder has apologised for having...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: May must not falter in tackling domestic violence
Theresa May should be commended for her continuing commitment to the victims of domestic violence. As home secretary, May criminalised coercive and controlling behaviour. She also introduced domestic violence protection orders and a disclosure scheme...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: A mammophant? That’s so much woolly thinking
There are plans to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction, as near as dammit. A team at Harvard is attempting to genetically engineer mammoth traits and combine them with those of Asian elephants to form a shaggy-haired, small-eared,...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: Before the laptop gets lippy, turn it off
It is my solemn duty to inform you that computers are going to overthrow the human race. Researchers at Google’s Deep Mind (artificial intelligence division) have discovered that computers learn to become “highly aggressive” when placed in stressful......
19/02/2017: NEWS: Organic sales soar as shoppers opt for quality
Demand for organic food is at its highest for more than a decade, according to major retailers. That’s good news for an industry that was hit hard by the economic downturn but now seems to be returning to rude health as more shoppers say organic food...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS: Plague game up for health trust prize
As an entertainment, Winter Hall should be an unusual diversion for video game fans more used to glamorised violence and action drama. Players will live as characters connected by one unpleasant feature – the black death. They will explore the...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: WORLD: Shocking images of brutality by Iraqi forces undermine the fight for Mosul
Graphic videos of men in Iraqi security force uniforms carrying out beatings, attacks and summary executions on the streets of Mosul have cast a shadow over the campaign to retake the city from Islamic State as troops prepare for a final push across...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: Dozens of activists and local leaders killed in Colombia as criminal gangs fill vacuum left by Farc rebels in remote rural areas
After a 64-year- old activist, Porofirio Jaramillo, was dragged from his home and murdered by four men on motorbikes, the head of the Colombian government’s victims unit did not mince his words. The country was facing a massacre in slow motion, he...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: Key player in peace process vows ‘end to impunity’ for rightwing death squads
The woman who is emerging as a linchpin in Colombia’s efforts to implement historic peace accords said last week that the culture of impunity over the killing of indigenous land and human rights activists “will not be tolerated. The end of impunity for...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: Malaysia arrests North Korean man over airport assassination
Malaysian police say they have arrested a North Korean man alleged to be involved in the killing of Kim Jongnam, threatening to intensify a diplomatic altercation with Pyongyang. The detained man, identified as Ri Jong-chol, 46, is the fourth person...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: ‘It’s just going from bad to worse’: Greece hurtles towards a final reckoning
Dimitris Costopoulos stood, worry beads in hand, under brilliant blue skies in front of the Greek parliament. Wearing freshly pressed trousers, polished shoes and a smart winter jacket – “my Sunday best” – he had risen at 5am to get on the bus that...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: ‘Don’t call me an old broad …’ Screen feud revival sparks debate on sexism and ageism
Their rivalry was as intense as it was renowned, but it took until What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in 1962 for the conflict between Hollywood stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to break out into the open. “Sure, she stole some of my big scenes, but...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: Outrage as far-right Dutch politician Wilders says Moroccan residents are ‘scum’
The Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders sparked outrage yesterday when he launched his election campaign with a stinging attack on the country’s Moroccan population. The anti-immigration MP called them “scum” and said he wanted to make the Netherlands......
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: BETTE DAVIS ON JOAN CRAWFORD
“Joan and I have never been warm friends. We are not simpatico. I admire her, and yet I feel uncomfortable with her. To me, she is personification of the movie star. I have always felt her greatest performance is Crawford being Crawford.” “I wouldn’t......
19/02/2017: NEWS WORLD: JOAN CRAWFORD ON BETTE DAVIS
On the famous Baby Jane beach scene: “Tomorrow we’re going to do that goddamn beach scene, my big scene, but just watch, she’ll find a way to steal it. She always does. When you play crazy ladies you always walk away with the honours.” “Bette will play......
19/02/2017: IN FOCUS: All the president’s men ... or are they? True believers take on pragmatists in battle for the soul of the White House
When press officers at the White House glance up from their desks, they are constantly reminded of their boss’s big day. On the wall, in thick dark frames, are photos that include: Donald Trump taking the oath of office; Trump giving a thumbs-up at his...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: IN FOCUS: AN ARTIST IN LETTERS
New film tells of Monet’s debt and demons - in his own words... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: VIEWPOINT: We all have the ‘right to disconnect’ – but only some of us can afford it
The global race to tame and civilise digital capitalism is on. In France, the “right to disconnect” – requiring companies of a certain size to negotiate how their employees handle out-of-hours work and availability – came into force on 1 January. In...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: INTERVIEW: Political correctness? ‘It’s gone mad... and it ushered in the populist wave’
Aformer president of the National Union of Students and chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips was once a leading member of what might be called the metropolitan liberal elite. He had the ear of everyone who mattered in the...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: INTERVIEW: LIFE IN BRIEF
Born Islington, London, 1953, the youngest of seven children. Education Went to school in Wood Green, London, and Georgetown, Guyana. Returned to study chemistry at Imperial College, London. Career Started as a researcher at London Weekend Television......
19/02/2017: IN FOCUS: Rome is ancient history as Greece comes roaring back
Mary Beard has cornered the market in ancient Rome. But the sun may be setting on her empire. The Greece of Plato and Sophocles is about to make a stirring comeback. This summer will see writers from Colm Tóibin to Natalie Haynes put a fresh spin on...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: THE OBSERVER PROFILE: Paul Dacre The Mail man leading the Brexit charge
Articles about Paul Dacre, the irascible editor of the Daily Mail, without fail note that he likes to keep a low profile. It’s true: he rarely gives interviews, a 2004 appearance on Desert Island Discs being a notable exception, and he invariably sends...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: THE OBSERVER PROFILE: THE DACRE FILE
Born 14 November 1948 in north London. He won a scholarship to University College School in Hampstead and did work experience in the holidays at the Daily Express and Sunday Express. Best of times The Daily Mail has won newspaper of the year six times......
19/02/2017: COMMENT: A bad week for Trump? Not to his supporters cheering at every turn
President Donald Trump’s hastily called press conference on Thursday struck many of those watching, in the US and around the world, as bizarre, even surreal. The president mounted a hyperbolic, rambling, fact-challenged defence of his administration...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT: CAROLE CA CADWALLADR CA
Could Zuckerberg be held tot account in his new world?... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT: Zuckerberg: model citizen or brute capitalist?
‘A re we building the world we want?” Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire CEO of Facebook, asked last week in a 5,700-word post that was quickly dubbed a “manifesto”. He used it to launch a strident defence of globalisation, striking a discordant note......
19/02/2017: COMMENT: Only China has the power to curb North Korea’s malign policies
The death last week of Kim Jong-nam, halfbrother of North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, is widely assumed to be no accident. But what actually happened in Kuala Lumpur, where Kim Jong-nam was allegedly attacked by female secret agents wielding......
19/02/2017: COMMENT: Tutankhamun’s splendour revealed
Suspense has ended for the excavators in Egypt and the watchers in the two hemispheres. Never before has the civilised world followed, or been able as now to follow, step by step, immediately upon the heels of discovery... Now it is certain that in......
19/02/2017: COMMENT: TALKING POINT
In consequence of the public economies, the horses at the former Court stables have to go. The white horse used by the ex-Emperor Karl at the Budapest coronation led a very quiet life here… except to appear occasionally at the State Opera, where it was......
19/02/2017: COMMENT: KEY QUOTE
“I have had enough of revolutions.” Maxim Gorky, on why he won’t travel to Central Europe...
19/02/2017: COMMENT: Why some Tories fear blood on the streets in a couple of years
There I was, having an interesting conversation with a senior Tory about the road ahead for the government, when he surprised me by making the unprompted declaration: “I worry there will be serious public disorder in the next two years.” He didn’t...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT: Think empathy makes the world a better place? Think again...
It is often said the rich don’t make enough effort to appreciate what it is like to be poor and if they did we would have more equality and social justice. It’s said that whites don’t have enough empathy for blacks and that men don’t have enough...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT: Victoria Coren Mitchell Cakes and ale – but hold the ale
There is fury among employees at Lloyd’s of London after the famous insurance market banned them from drinking during the working day. Eight hundred staff members have been told that alcohol is now “absolutely prohibited” between the hours of 9am and...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT: Could Zuckerberg be held to account in his new world?
Try this for a thought experiment. Pretend Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t born in White Plains, New York. Pretend, instead, he was born in Smolensk, Russia. His Facebook is not headquartered in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley. Instead, its global nerve centre is in...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT: The return of the MMR charlatan fits with our times
If you are unlucky, and all of us are unlucky in the end, you will visit a doctor in the confident expectation that they can fix any illness as a mechanic fixes a car and learn of the vast areas of ignorance on the map of medical science. If you are...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: Therapy via the internet can only ever be a pale imitation
It is perhaps inevitable that, as the NHS struggles to meet rising demand, online therapy has proliferated (“Thousands go online for therapy. But does it work?”, News, last week). Besides our concern about the potential breaches of confidentiality...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: I was wrong to defend Corbyn. He has betrayed us over Brexit
The privilege to air one’s views carries with it a duty to admit when you get it wrong. Weirdly, the most read article I wrote for this newspaper of late was a retort it generously allowed to what I saw as churlish coverage of the election of Jeremy...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: Conventional thinking
Theresa May has repeatedly stated her feelings that Britain would be better served by leaving the European convention on human rights than it would leaving the European Union. As we enter Brexit negotiations, there is now every possibility that both......
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: FOR THE RECORD
Last week, a piece on how the plunge in sterling will affect holidays on the continent and in the US this year managed to confuse the exchange rate. It said: “Sterling currently stands at about £1.18 against the euro – a drop of more than 10p in the......
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: Annie, get your gun: the arts in schools need defending
I recently attended a sparkling performance of Annie at a nearby secondary academy (“Does a silver spoon help you win a Bafta? The class gulf in British acting… ”, News, last week). The production featured talented singers, dancers, instrumentalists......
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: Of particulate concern
You report that air pollution causes more than 50,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. This is shockingly high; it is, for example, four times as many people as die from breast cancer. Particulates from diesel engine exhausts are a major part of the......
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: Thatcher’s calamity
Will Hutton writes (“Instead of draining the swamp, Trump has become Wall Street’s best buddy ”,last week) that Clinton’s scrapping of Roosevelt’s Glass- Steagall Act was one of his worst decisions, hastening the banking collapse of 2008, with all that......
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: Our inflexible friends
It is all very well for Rowan Williams to say people have a moral obligation to refugees (Comment, last week), but that is simplistic. Many people feel that there are higher priorities in the obligations to themselves, to their immediate families, to......
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: TOP 10 ONLINE LAST WEEK
Read them at observer.co.uk 1. Fantastic beefs: JK Rowling at war with Piers Morgan 2. The dolphin who loved me: the Nasafunded project that went wrong 3. ‘Rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp 4. Britain’s extremist bloggers helping......
19/02/2017: COMMENT LETTERS+EMAILS: WRITE TO US
Letters, which may be edited, should include a full name and postal address and be sent to: Letters to the Editor, The Observer, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU (to be received by noon Thursday). Fax: 020 3353 3189. Email:......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: CAN BOVIS FIX IT?
It’s a busy week for builders, just a few days after the government produced its underwhelming white paper on “fixing our broken housing market”. Bovis Homes will be in the spotlight tomorrow, with investors hoping it will announce its own bout of...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: National Express gets off the last train
Another area which regularly attracts more than its share of complaints is the rail industry, with delays, cancellations, overcrowding and constant fare increases guaranteed to raise the ire of passengers. But one company set to avoid this in future......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: ECONOMICS
Bank of England governor Mark Carney must have breathed a sigh of relief when the January inflation figures were unveiled. Analysts had been expecting a rise from 1.6% in December to 1.9%, or even 2%, the level the Bank targets. In the event, there...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: UK seeks assurances over Vauxhall sale
For sale: secondhand car business, one careful owner. One offer already received. US group General Motors is in talks to sell its European division Opel to Peugeot owner PSA, the companies announced last week, prompting a flurry of activity from...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Price freeze unlikely to ease heat on Centrica
Energy companies are hardly popular at the best of times, but British Gas must have hoped for some praise when it said it was freezing energy prices until August, a timely announcement made on the same day Scottish Power unveiled a 7.8%...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Banks buoyed by the Trump bounce
Hints from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen last week that US interest rates may soon rise came at the right time for the UK financial sector. In advance of the bank reporting season, share prices have been boosted by hopes that higher rates will......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: PEOPLE
Quote of the week goes to Warren East. The Rolls-Royce chief executive said “this has no impact on what is really going on in the business and cash, it is just an accounting measure”, as he announced a £4.6bn loss, the biggest in the company’s history,......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: City lunches don’t have protected status
As if it does not have enough on its plate, the European Union is worried that the UK will, in future, not be bound by directives that protect the names of products from a particular region. After Brexit, there may be nothing to stop UK firms......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: VITAL STATISTIC
Cobham slumped to a 13-year low after the engineering group, which specialises in air-to-air refuelling systems, issued its fifth profit warning in 15 months and said its balance sheet needed strengthening.... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Small shops recoil in the face of rates that will more than double
Shopkeepers in Southwold are braced for a tough year. The picturesque seaside town in Suffolk is the area of Britain worst affected by the revaluation of business rates. On average, companies will see their tax bill increase by a staggering 177% from...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: ‘The system is totally broken, disproportionate and unfair’
Jane Morrissey Rosehill nursery, Bolton Jane Morrissey said her business rates bill would go up to about £20,000 a year, from £16,000. “I’ve asked for assistance for the previous one and it’s been declined by the council. I’ve appealed each time it’s...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Vauxhall, Unilever … now famous British names face power grabs by foreign giants
Asmall corner of Merseyside has become the centre of the corporate universe. Vauxhall’s plant in Ellesmere Port is less than seven miles away from Unilever’s base in Port Sunlight on the Wirral peninsula. The thousands of workers in those two places...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: The Bank knows base rates won’t be rising any time soon Phillip Inman
Savers lost one of their last hopes for an interest rate rise when Bank of England rate-setter Kristin Forbes announced she would be heading back to her home in Massachusetts in June. Forbes, a US academic who craves a return to the “economic...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Farewell, then, Williams & Glyn: your loss is a mixed blessing
When Royal Bank of Scotland reports its results for 2016 this week, there will be another painful reminder of the 2008 crisis. The numbers are eyewatering: the ninth consecutive year of annual losses will mean the bailed-out bank has sunk into the red......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: PM’s boardroom pay blitz promise looks set to fizzle out
Theresa May’s post-Brexit vote pledge to clamp down on corporate excess and put workers on boards was to be welcomed. But with the government’s consultation on pay closing on Friday, there is a real risk that the prime minster’s words will turn out to......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Co-op Bank faces struggle to find new owner with ethics – and deep pockets
Barely seven weeks have passed since Liam Coleman took charge of the Co-operative Bank – but last week he hoisted a for-sale sign. The career banker will be hoping prospective buyers focus on what he insists is a strong, growing high street operation...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: What sells magazines? Ask Peppa Pig, or a gardener
Some brands can’t be reinvented. Indeed, mortality as well as vitality lie at the heart of branding. Take Playboy, which, in the space of a few months, has dropped the nude models that made it famous in the early 70s (selling 7 million plus), then,...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: America’s big, but Arsène’s bigger
There’s no great reason to single out the Times for raised eyebrows here (except perhaps because of its old “journal of record” reputation). All newspapers – bar the FT of course – were pretty identical on Thursday morning. Still, thundering coverage...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Officials prefer secrets over freedom
It seems an odd, indeed ludicrous, moment to talk official secrecy when Trump and co are engaged in fullblown hostilities with the CIA, FBI and homeland security amid a tsunami of leaks. But Britain, head down, cloaks and daggers fully mustered,......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: Support a free press – don’t judge it
Those of us who thought Lord Neuberger, outgoing president of the supreme court, was best advised to say nothing while the Daily Mail was doing its foaming Brexit schtick about judicial “enemies of the people” found fears confirmed when his lordship......
19/02/2017: BUSINESS: The problem with Trump presidential press conferences,
it rapidly becomes clear, is that they will be much like Trump campaign-trail press conferences – very long, rambling, combative, defensive, flaky on detail, lacking all focus. Oh! and wholly scathing about his foes in the press. Yes, but … how, over......
19/02/2017: CASH: Want to beat inflation without risking everything? It takes a balancing act
As if savers needed to be told, it is a miserable time for anyone hoping to make money from their nest egg. With rates in the doldrums, the news last week that inflation has reached its highest point in the past two-and-a-half years means many cash...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: CASH: WHAT THE EXPERTS THINK
So where should you put your money? Here are the views of those who study the various options: “Unless you’re comfortable with the prospect of tying up your money for at least five years and taking some risk, then stick to a savings account and shop......
19/02/2017: CASH ANNA TIMS: Losing unused pay-as-you-go credit... the hidden cost of switching
I was interested to read your article about Vodafone’s refusal to repay £420 of unused credit when a customer cancelled their pay-as-yougo account. My mother-in-law has a similar issue. Before switching to another provider she asked Vodafone for a...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: TRAVEL: Five of the best Northern Territory experiences
1. Darwin The capital of Australia’s Northern Territory is a good place to ease into the area’s life and acclimatise to the heat. The city has a long Chinese-Australian history – many of its earliest pioneers were Chinese and the city is still home to...... Pubdate:
19/02/2017: TRAVEL WEATHER: SPEEDY CROSSWORD NO. 1,116
ACROSS 5 Details (11) 7 Comparatively small piece of floating ice (4) 8 Reckless and impetuous person (8) 9 Get into one’s expected form, level of performance, degree of success (3,4,6) 11 Mobile form of advertising (8,5) 12 In apartheid South Africa,......