22/01/2017: FRONT PAGE: Hundreds of thousands of US women unite to voice defiance over Trump
Hundreds of thousands of women turned Washington’s National Mall into a sea of pink yesterday, sending the first concerted message of grassroots opposition to Donald Trump since he moved into the White House. “Minority president”, “Women roar” and...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: FRONT PAGE: Cross-party MPs plot to halt hard Brexit as supreme court verdict looms
A powerful cross-party group of MPs is plotting to thwart Theresa May’s attempts to drive through a hard Brexit amid rising fears that UK businesses could soon have to pay huge export tariffs on goods they sell to the EU. The Labour, Lib Dem, Green......
22/01/2017: NEWS: One day after the inauguration a very different US filled the streets to tell Trump: ‘You are not America.. We are America'
The anarchists in black masks who disrupted Donald Trump’s inauguration day gave way to an ocean of pink hats as exuberant – though defiant – women gathered in their hundreds of thousands yesterday. The Women’s March on Washington descended on the US...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Lauren Singerman, 37 New York City
“I am just disgusted by the new administration and the threat it poses to so many people’s rights. Now is when the real work begins. “It was scary to be in Washington DC yesterday. I’m from New York and I’m not used to being around so many Trump......
22/01/2017: NEWS: ‘We are standing up to the misogynists and haters - we won’t let the clock turn back’
His hair attracted quite a few hundred slogans in London yesterday, and many placards displayed a personal slant on his most infamous sayings about women as tens of thousands of marchers added their voices to a roar of protest on the first day of...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: No star power but the inaugural balls showed a blue-collar brand of celebrity
They were five rather long minutes at the Liberty inaugural ball. President Donald Trump awkwardly clasped to first lady Melania as they rotated around the vast Washington ballroom to Frank Sinatra’s My Way. As they were joined by vicepresident Mike...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Our time has come: after Trump, far right says 2017 will be the year Europe wakes up
France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen yesterday called on voters across Europe to “wake up” and follow the example of US and British voters. Speaking at an unprecedented meeting in Germany of Europe’s rightwing populist parties, she...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Nationalist activists dare to hope that Russia too can be great again
Maria Katasonova pointed proudly to the three stylised portraits behind her: versions of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Marine Le Pen, all made to look eerily similar with blond hair and identical outfits. “It’s called Triptych,” she said. “It was...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: ‘People say they don’t recognise Trump America – but for me it’s always existed’
When Donald Trump was being inaugurated, Paul Beatty was lying in bed with his wife, groggy with medication halfway around the world, in Jaipur, India. His book, The Sellout, a sarcastic, complex novel on race relations in the US, was the first...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: WHAT THE WORLD’S PAPERS SAY
NEW YORK TIMES What Trump doesn’t get about America Vainglorious on a podium where other presidents have presented themselves as fellow citizens, preening where they have been humble, Mr Trump declared that under him America will “bring back our...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Ukip’s Nuttall: ‘I will win in Stoke, the capital of Brexit’
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall was confirmed yesterday as the party’s candidate to fight the crucial Stoke-on-Trent Central byelection next month, underlining the party’s belief that it has a strong chance of seizing the former Labour stronghold. Nuttall...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Young reject May’s priority on immigration
Young voters aged 18 to 34 believe that reducing immigration is the least important issue Theresa May should focus on as she prepares to take the UK out of the EU, a new poll has found. The survey by Opinium found that this age group put reducing......
22/01/2017: NEWS: Science fiction takes an existential leap as Tim Peake effect brings outer space closer
Call it the Tim Peake effect. Science fiction has always been as much about the human condition as saving the world from an alien invasion, but now a new wave of films and books are taking that interest one step further and developing an existentialist...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: All change in the aisles to entice us to eat more veg
British shoppers are to become the subject of an experiment aimed at making them eat their greens. In a bold move to rebalance the contents of supermarket trolleys, Oxford academics have teamed up with supermarket chiefs to persuade consumers to buy...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Jobs lost, relationships broken, businesses wrecked: legacy of the Southern Rail crisis
The Southern Rail staff handing out information leaflets at London Victoria station this weekend were cheerful: “Strikes called off next week, service back to normal,” said one. “Normal?” an arriving woman passenger almost screamed in his face. This...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: ‘People have given up. I’ve seen tears. They’re destroyed’
Tony Beck, left, has been selling hot and cold drinks to commuters for more than 10 years. Cheerful and with a knack for remembering people’s favourites, he is at his pitch outside Portslade train station in East Sussex with his coffee van in all...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Wine, weddings and ballet: new star role for indie cinemas at heart of high streets
Independent cinema has never known a time like it. From themed weddings to live-streamed operas and interactive movie nights, indie theatres are reinventing themselves as the new entertainment hubs on the high street – eating into the market share of...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: CURZON GOLDSMITHS, LONDON
A partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London and Curzon Cinemas, the venue launched on the university’s New Cross campus in September. It is open on weekday evenings and all day at the weekends and shows arthouse films, live theatre, opera and......
22/01/2017: NEWS: THE EVERYMAN, HARROGATE
A five-screen cinema opened in September, on the site of a demolished Beales department store....
22/01/2017: NEWS: THE REGENT CINEMA, BLACKPOOL
The Regent opened in 1921, with 1,092 seats and a retractable roof but has been used as a bingo hall since the 1960s. It reopened last summer as an independent cinema showing classic films....
22/01/2017: NEWS: Fury as last London community dental clinic shuts
The NHS has been accused of letting down patients in pain by shutting London’s last community-based A&E-style service for people needing emergency dental treatment. NHS England’s closure of the “urgent dental service” in Kentish Town will leave the...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: May to unveil vocational training boost
Theresa May will move tomorrow to reassure business leaders that they will not suffer skills shortages as a result of Brexit, when she places expansion of vocational education at the heart of a new proactive industrial strategy. Many businesses worry......
22/01/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: Fake views on Facebook? Well, just fancy that
Devastating news: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg isn’t your friend. Zuckerberg, who’s promised to combat fake news, may be a bit fake himself, at least where his chummy, spontaneous Facebook posts are concerned, including ones on jogging, reading with his...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: The vile reality of rape is still clouded in myth
Astudy of more than 8,000 adults by the Fawcett Society found that two out of five men and one-third of women thought that a woman was partially to blame for being sexually assaulted if she was out late at night, drinking and wearing a short...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: Holyrood’s huge debt to Mel Gibson
Scots may be gratified to learn that Mel Gibson was (sort of ) responsible for sparking an interest in Scottish independence. Talking about his 1995 film, Braveheart, in which he played William Wallace, Gibson observed: “It certainly woke something up...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’
Britain has licensed almost £50m-worth of arms sales to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt. Newly published export statistics confirm that Turkey is now a...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Star backs rise of record shops
Musician Rick Wakeman has predicted a revival of traditional record shops as vinyl sales continue to rise. The former keyboard player with rock band Yes said the shift could benefit young and emerging artists. Speaking on BBC Breakfast yesterday, he......
22/01/2017: NEWS: It’s time Britain had confidence to embrace its classical heritage, says Taboo composer
The renowned composer Max Richter, whose work includes major film and ballet scores, as well as TV themes such as BBC1’s hit drama Taboo , has urged Britain to take greater pride in its classical music heritage, from Henry Purcell to Harrison...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Syrian refugee family to be given home inside London synagogue
A London synagogue is raising funds to convert part of its premises to accommodate a refugee family from Syria. The South London Liberal Synagogue, in Streatham, is planning to make a two-bedroom flat available to a family being resettled in the...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: UK scientists bid to solve mysterious deaths of hundreds of baby southern right whales
Researchers are to launch an investigation into the unexplained deaths of hundreds of young southern right whales, one of the planet’s most vulnerable marine species. The £ 740,000 project – jointly funded by Defra, the UK environment department, and...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Stranded in Great Yarmouth: Indian sailors left high and dry by ‘modern-day slavery’
Eventually, Saurabh Saigal could no longer look at his son. “I couldn’t stand it any more. He’s only six and suffers from allergies. When he’s ill I see the suffering in his eyes. Then I avoid talking to him by video link.” For seven months Saigal has...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: New online generation takes up Holocaust denial
A new generation of Holocaust deniers is emerging through a clutch of popular “gateway” conspiracy theories, according to one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject. As Denial, a film about the disgraced historian and notorious Holocaust denier...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS: Brexit spurs a currency rush
Consumers rushed to buy dollars and euros for their holidays as the value of sterling dropped after Theresa May’s commitment to a hard Brexit last week. Money-changing companies reported a surge in people buying foreign currency as details of the......
22/01/2017: WORLD: Gambians start the celebrations as troops stand by to ensure Jammeh finally exits
The Gambian people were waiting last night for Yahya Jammeh, their former president, to leave the country after he finally agreed to step down after 22 years of rule. In a midnight broadcast on state television after weeks of negotiation, Jammeh...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: WORLD: Erdoğan given go-ahead for referendum to give president sweeping new powers
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began campaigning for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand his powers, hours after a vote in parliament cleared the way for a referendum on the issue. Speaking in Istanbul, he hailed the assembly’s......
22/01/2017: WORLD: Members of ‘international arms and drugs ring’ held
Spanish police have arrested 16 people, including Dutch, Spanish, Colombian, Brazilian, Chilean, Moroccan and Belgian citizens, on suspicion of forming a criminal organisation and trafficking arms and drugs. Authorities said they also seized an arsenal......
22/01/2017: WORLD: Tehran fire leaves up to 30 dead in collapsed building
The bodies of two firefighters have been found in the rubble of a commercial building in Tehran that collapsed following a fire on Thursday. Up to 30 people died, according to reports in local media. Iran’s state TV showed rescuers carrying the body of......
22/01/2017: WORLD: Blaze at Bucharest nightclub injures 41
Forty-one people received hospital treatment after fire engulfed a nightclub in Bucharest early yesterday, the Romanian health ministry said. No deaths were reported. The fire erupted at the Bamboo nightclub, which was burned to the ground. Some people......
22/01/2017: NEWS WORLD: 500,000 dead, 22 million displaced … will new talks signal an end to Syria’s agony?
Key parties in Syria’s brutal civil war, now stretching towards the end of its sixth year, will meet in the Kazakh capital of Astana this week for a new round of peace talks. Organised by Russia and Turkey, and backed by Iran, these are the latest in...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS WORLD: For 24 hours he feared the worst – then his family were pulled from hotel’s wall of snow
It was one of the few holidays that Giampiero Parete, a 38-year- old chef, and his family had ever taken together – a handful of days at a spa hotel in Farindola, a popular ski resort three hours east of Rome in central Italy’s Abruzzo region. Before...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS WORLD: At least 16 killed in Verona bus inferno after school skiing trip
A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a motorway barrier in northern Italy on Friday and caught fire, killing at least 16 people. Thirtynine survived, some seriously injured. No other vehicles were...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: NEWS WORLD: French Socialists in hunt for the candidate with a populist touch to challenge Le Pen
In the centre of Trappes, in Paris’s western suburbs, a group of young men are handing out flyers urging locals to vote for Benoît Hamon. Neither the name nor the face is familiar in Britain, but that could well be about to change today. “Vote for...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: For cheerleading Brexiters, there is no downside to heading out of the EU on a free trade ‘crusade’. But what if they are wrong?
There was only a smattering of applause when Theresa May left the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week. The prime minister’s bold thesis, that Britain would enjoy a bright future by throwing off the shackles of European integration and...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: Nervous about leaving single market
The most recent figures, for 2015, show a trade surplus in services of £88.7bn, of which £40bn was in financial services where, for a decade, the UK has led the world’s exporters, beating New York, Tokyo and Frankfurt. While there was still a chance of...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: Internet giants ready to back Britain
Snap Inc, formerly Snapchat, has backed Britain, as have Google and Facebook. All three are expanding their London HQs despite the likely loss of unfettered EU access. Some analysts see the EU’s crackdown on tax avoidance by US tech firms as making...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: A sector afflicted by stagnant output
This sector accounts for almost 10% of GDP, and almost 20% if the services connected to it are included. Britain remains one of the world’s biggest exporters of manufactured goods after China, the US, Japan, Germany and Italy. But investment and...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: Text of letter sent by Labour MPs to Theresa May
Dear Prime Minister, Yours sincerely, – to leave “the mainstream of European economic and social thinking” in order to “regain competitiveness” – is both diplomatic nonsense and a real danger to the living standards of working people. It is a......
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: ‘May’s speech was a body blow’ ... how one town is still arguing over Brexit
Bishop’s Stortford had never seemed a particularly political a place to Louie Corpe, a softly spoken research physicist who last year abandoned east London in favour of a quieter life in commuter country. Then came the EU referendum – and an unlikely...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: VIEWPOINT: The power of culture - what I learned after four years at the helm of our arts
There used to be a rather sterile, self-regarding debate in the arts world between the “arts-for-art’s-sake” brigade and the “instrumentalists”– those who stressed tourism, talent for the creative industries, soft power abroad and so on. Four years...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: ‘I’m mistress of my destiny ... quality of life is much higher’
Dawn Wesolek, 42, from Woking in Surrey, worked for a number of bluechip companies as a consultant until she chose to have a child in 2011. “Essentially, I ran out of time. My career forced me to step back to have a child. Every book I read told me I...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: It used to be a feminist cause – but now both men and women struggle to get on at work and still find time for their families
Once it was simple. Men worked and most women stayed at home to raise the children. But as more women entered employment, balancing family and work life became a prime aspiration of modern mothers. An entire publishing industry sprang up, seemingly...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: The chemo’s too much, but getting on a clinical trial is gruelling enough
Saturday 7 January Now sharp-eyed readers may have spotted that this diary starts the day before the last one was published! By way of a little back-story, my doctors have been trying to get me on to a clinical trial featuring new immunotherapy...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: IN FOCUS: ‘I put my life first and walked away from the rat race’
John Adams is a stay-at-home dad and blogs at dadbloguk.com. His wife, Gill, works full-time in financial services. The couple, from Chaldon in Surrey, have two daughters, Helen, eight and Izzy, four. Helen is at school while Izzy is at pre-school for...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: The Teutonic cadence and repetition was chilling to the many Trump opposers in the crowd. Then that chill deepened…
This was real. This was not a nightmare from which you could force yourself awake. Donald Trump raised his hand and took the oath of office, then delivered his inaugural address. Standing just downslope from the Washington Monument, among a...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Trump’s casual misogyny is an affront to all women. We must unite against him It used to be the case that bigotry was frowned upon. But Trump has now made it acceptable
The train was like the Hogwarts Express, but for feminists. Amtrak 141 left New York City at 9.35am on Friday, bound for Washington DC, and on the morning of Donald J Trump’s inauguration it was full of women wearing trainers, because they were women...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: I didn’t join the march. After eight years of division, we need to come together
Women from all over America descended on Washington yesterday and uttered a collective primal scream of dissent against their latest rage object: Donald Trump. Women are afraid. They fear for their rights. They believe President Trump will strip them...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Even as Theresa May pursues a vision of global Britain, the struggle for the rest of Europe is to maintain the essence of the union
Among the German public, last week’s speech by Theresa May has gone down largely unnoticed. Rather, headlines were dominated by the incoming presidency of Donald Trump and his interview with widely-read German tabloid Bild. After seven months, Germans...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: The contempt for other nations is senseless when Britain requires friends
In Spain last week, the disruption caused by the extreme weather – we’re not used to snow – has been the main topic of conversation. This might have influenced the icy way in which Spaniards have received the words of Mrs May, often putting them...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears
With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper hand. I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and decent alternative to the politics of division...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Bullying, aggressive, nationalist Trump sets out his stall
In the event, it was even worse than expected. Swaggering into power on the steps of Washington’s Capitol building, Donald Trump turned his back on grace, good manners, common sense, national healing and consensual politics – and opted for division.......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Who will lead the fight against Theresa May’s triumphalist Brexit folly?
Theresa May’s speech last week setting out Britain’s broad objectives in forthcoming Brexit negotiations with the EU has been hailed, here and in Europe, as affording a long-awaited degree of clarity. This reaction is puzzling. May’s position remains......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Mrs M as a dominatrix? Some Tories buy it, but Europe won’t
Statecraft is often an exercise in deception – and arguably has to be so. Leaders spend much of the time frantically paddling to keep their heads above the water in swirling seas of uncertainty. This is the truth that they try to disguise from...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Refugees can be a powerful political resource to help those left behind
The refugee crisis in Syria and the Mediterranean has led to a rethinking of the role of refugees in society. Given that Europe now has lots of refugees, how can we empower them to make a contribution? Research by the World Bank and others has shown...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Victoria Coren Mitchell So glad to spoil this film for you
This column will contain spoilers for the film Nocturnal Animals. But that doesn’t matter because it’s a repulsive film and you shouldn’t see it anyway. It came out a while ago; I saw it last week only because it’s had nine Bafta nominations – and I...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Money can’t buy love, Sony, so give Paul his songs back
There’s gold in them thar hills, though precisely how much varies wildly. I’m talking about old music, by which I am currently surrounded. Here is a three- CD compilation of the work of the late singer-songwriter John Martyn, maverick creator of the...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Fate of eight Turkish airmen is an acid test for democracy
Hard questions for democracies have piled up with a speed we have yet to take in. After the cold war, westerners asked how to stand up to autocrats. Should we intervene to stop genocide in Bosnia? Or demand sanctions and boycotts to protect the rights...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: A fair pay structure for all is not beyond our control
Will Hutton is too quick to dismiss the idea of a ratio to cap high pay (“A pay cap is not only unworkable, it also detracts from the goal of a fairer society”, Comment, last week). He assumes a particular definition of fairness yet he himself in the...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: The increasingly polarised debate on abortion imperils women
Imagine the outcry. A charity offering a common medical procedure – 70,000 a year, more than in the NHS itself – is found guilty of terribly poor standards of care. You’d expect some calls for the chief executive’s head; others claiming this represents...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Brexit spinning goes on and on
I was disappointed to read the headline “Voters back Tories for best Brexit deal by three to one” (News, last week) and then to find within the content of the report that 36% of those polled either did not know or did not trust any party to deliver an......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: FOR THE RECORD
Our poll story last week headlined “Voters back Tories to deliver best Brexit by three to one” (News, page 1) overstated the figures. The poll found 30% of people said they most trusted the Conservatives to negotiate a successful Brexit, compared with......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Good riddance to politics
Tristram Hunt’s decision to quit politics (“Why Tristram Hunt concluded he had a brighter future in a museum”, Comment, last week) is understandable. As Andrew Rawnsley noted, why should a man of undoubted ability in his 40s want to remain on the......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Cuts bite in the classroom
It is good to see Unison’s report last week (“Hard Lessons: Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts”) highlight the damaging effect of the decline in the number of support staff in Scottish schools, especially in......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Those who abuse NHS services should pay for the privilege
GP surgeries are full of people who needn’t be there and A&E of people often too lazy to wait for a booking at a GP (“The NHS cannot carry on as it is”, News, last week). So let’s give people a choice and make them accountable. Fines could be imposed......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: Help to turn the tide
In order to spread the cost of the proposed tidal lagoon (“Two cheers for the tidal lagoon”, In Focus, last week), wouldn’t it make an ideal site for a wind farm, with the wind turbines set at appropriate distances around the barrier? In addition,......
22/01/2017: COMMENT: TOP 10 ONLINE LAST WEEK
1. Donald Trump attacks civil rights hero John Lewis 2. What does the trend for smaller nipples say about us? Eva Wiseman 3. Sex and the middle-aged woman… BBC drama tells it like it is 4. Netherlands ‘will block UK-EU deal without tax avoidance......
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: A bigger Big Mac won’t supersize ailing chain
Ever thought a Big Mac was not big enough? Me neither. But McDonald’s clearly does, as it is introducing a new Grand Mac, which apparently has to be eaten with two hands. To be fair it is also adding the Mac Jr – presumably for those who eat with one...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: LOW-FLYING AIRLINE
EasyJet investors have had a bumpy ride since the budget airline reported a slump in full-year profits in November as well as a cut in the dividend. Amid some volatility, the shares have regained some ground after more positive passenger numbers,...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Firm ready to make America great robots
Donald Trump’s desire to “encourage” carmakers to built plants in the US rather than say, Mexico, for vehicles sold in the county is part of his attempt to protect American jobs. But it may not work out like that, some analysts believe because … of......
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Dodgy ads do wonders for Moneysupermarket
Moneysupermarket was responsible for the most complained-about ad of last year – the one featuring a bodyguard’s crotch grab during a dance routine, which was said to be overly sexual and not suitable for children. However, the Advertising Standards...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Penguin on the block as Pearson shares plunge
Visiting Madame Tussauds, reading the Financial Times or a Penguin Random House book or getting US textbooks. Once, doing any of these things would have put money into the coffers of conglomerate Pearson. Now nearly all these businesses have been...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Sky’s no limit for Fox takeover next time
In Davos last week Theresa May spoke to Bloomberg TV about the possibility of a national interest test in overseas takeovers. The prime minister said: “We’re looking … at the question of critical national infrastructure, and at the question of......
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: A bad week for Sir John Rose,
the former chief executive of Rolls-Royce. He was hailed as a captain of industry when he stepped down in 2011, but there are now calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood after Rolls admitted “extensive systemic bribery and corruption” over a...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: VITAL STATISTIC
Less junk mail might be good news for householders but it’s bad for Royal Mail: a drop-off in deliveries before Christmas left nine-month revenues at its key UK letters and parcels business 2% lower.... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: A good week for Christopher Bailey,
the chief creative and chief executive officer of Burberry. Although none of the top team was around to discuss it, the luxury goods group unveiled an impressive 40% jump in UK sales in the three months to the end of December. The slump in sterling......
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Quote of the week goes to George Soros.
The billionaire investor sounded off at Davos against Brexit: “At the moment the people in the UK are in denial. The current economic situation is not as bad as was predicted, and they live in hope. But as the currency depreciates - and inflation will......
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Globalisation was once the force that made the world turn. Will it now grind to a halt?
His speech was like one normally expected of an American president. Countries must resist the temptation to retreat into harbour, the world leader said to a packed and admiring audience, but instead have the courage to swim in the vast ocean of the...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: … and as Trump prepares to raise tariffs, how will Mexico respond?
In Mexico it is known as “el efecto Trump”: a barrage of taunts and tweets that rattle the economy and hammer the peso. For the new president, it is part of a strategy to pressure companies to move jobs back to the United States. Mexico’s job will be...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Hurrah for the industrial strategy. Sticking to it won’t be easy, but at long last we have a plan
The government is this week scheduled to unveil its industrial strategy for Britain. It promises to be a fascinating document. Although this industrial strategy has received far less publicity than Brexit, it could have a more significant longterm...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Utopian ideas on climate change will get us precisely nowhere
Urging people to stop consuming stuff in order to slow the rate of climate change is a gambit that is doomed to fail. It would be helpful if shoppers put off buying a suit or installing a new kitchen, but it’s not going to happen. Demonising those who...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: The SFO did a great job with Rolls-Royce. It can’t stop there
Apart from the banks, it is hard to think of a bigger British corporate scandal than RollsRoyce in the past two decades. If Brexit and Trump weren’t happening, the tale of bribery and corruption at Rolls-Royce over three decades would have been......
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Home is new battleground as Google and Amazon push hi-tech helpers
Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s case, its parent group, Alphabet – are therefore expected to announce booming revenues in their fourth- quarter results...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: BBC is going to find the middle way hard to follow
See how the media mood music shifts on front pages and websites. Last week, the Britain of elderly, frail, sick people waiting on hospital trolleys suddenly became Mrs May’s Britain of “pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead”. So the...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: See through Obama’s ‘transparency’
‘America needs you and our democracy needs you.” Exit Barack Obama, delivering a farewell panegyric to the presidential press corps. “You cast a critical eye on the powerful. You’ve done it, for the most part, in ways that I could appreciate for......
22/01/2017: BUSINESS: Is Facebook Live dead and buried?
Remember the time (actually only last April) when Mark Zuckerberg ( pictured) launched Facebook Live and paid 140 or so media companies around the world some $ 50m to provide video coverage that made Live live. Ah! welcome to the surging, dominant...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: CASH: ‘Barclays took my £440,000 and put me through hell – for no reason’
Last September Mohammad Rahman won a four-year battle for compensation for disabilities caused by clinical negligence. A court awarded him £500,000, which was paid into the current and savings accounts he held with Barclays. The victory was shortlived:...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: CASH: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Banks are closing customer accounts in increasing volumes, according to a Financial Conduct Authority investigation, and they are under no obligation to explain why. Most include in their terms and conditions the proviso that they can end a......
22/01/2017: CASH: Halifax is chasing a mortgage debt on a house my wife left 20 years ago
My wife took out a joint endowment mortgage with her ex nearly 20 years ago. She left the property in 1997 and advised Halifax of her new address, but her ex refused to take her name off the mortgage. The mortgage fell into arrears and the house was...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: CASH: Bereaved, then a 15-month battle with extraenergy
When my father-in-law died my mother-in-law informed all suppliers and services, including extraenergy. It took them four months to even acknowledge receipt of the information. It took them a further five months to transfer the account into my......
22/01/2017: TRAVEL: Five of the best
1. La Cave du 38 Riv 4th This is like a proper jazz club from the 1950s or 60s. Today most clubs are at street level, so it’s nice to find an underground one, and there is no stage, so the audience is right up close to the band. Cav du 38 Riv is made...... Pubdate:
22/01/2017: WEATHER: SPEEDY CROSSWORD NO. 1,112
ACROSS DOWN 1 Situated or occurring farthest within (6) 4 Frowns with displeasure (6) 9 Name used colloquially for any yellow daffodil (7) 10 Plot again (5) 11 Personnel: rod (5) 12 Competition (7) 13 Concur; in accord (3,3,2,3) 18 Characteristic of......