23/04/2017: FRONT PAGE: Lib Dems won’t do coalition deals: Farron pledge to voters
The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron today rules out any form of coalition with the Tories or Labour after the general election as he sets out a bold ambition to attract enough Remain voters to form the main opposition party in parliament. In a...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: FRONT PAGE: FREE FOOD MAGAZINE
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23/04/2017: FRONT PAGE: Election is Tory power grab, says EU Brexit chief
Theresa May’s claim that she will be strengthened in the Brexit talks by a general election victory has been dismissed as nonsense by the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, who has condemned the prime minister as a political opportunist. In an......
23/04/2017: NEWS: How insults and a campaign over sanitary towels for poor girls landed activist in jail
Stella Nyanzi, an academic and formidable campaigner, is languishing in a jail in Kampala for describing her president as “a pair of buttocks”. Uganda’s 72-year-old leader, first elected more than 30 years ago, has become the subject of ferocious...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Do you pronounce scone to rhyme with ‘cone’ or to rhyme with ‘gone’? Well, that depends where you live …
It is a division as entrenched and as bitter as the split between Brexit backers and EU Remainers – though in this case, the issue is truly personal. Do you pronounce the word “scone” to rhyme with “cone”, or to rhyme with “gone”? To those in the...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: NHS: ‘smokers and obese must wait for surgery’
NHS bosses are planning a massive expansion of the controversial rationing that forces smokers and obese patients to wait months in pain before they can have surgery, a leaked letter reveals. The move will see local NHS bodies across England implement...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Is ‘sub-two-hour’ Nike marathon bid just a clever marketing stunt?
Roll up, roll up – come and see the last of the “world marathon majors” before a man breaks the two-hour barrier. This could be the pitch for today ’s London marathon when some 38,000 runners take to the capital’s streets in an event watched by...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Full London Marathon preview
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23/04/2017: NEWS: Tennis superstar Ilie Nastase faces lengthy ban after insulting jibes to women players
The former tennis star Ilie Nastase, already under investigation for making a racist jibe about the colour of Serena Williams’s unborn baby, provoked further uproar yesterday after calling Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong and player Johanna Konta...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: IN SPORT
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23/04/2017: NEWS: ‘Misunderstood’ Churchill’s role in Middle East goes on display
One of the most controversial and understudied aspects of Winston Churchill’s life – his involvement in the Middle East – is to be the focus of a major new permanent exhibition staged by the Imperial War Museum in London. The exhibition blends...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Nightclub acid attack suspect has not fled abroad, say police
Police hunting the remaining suspect in an east London nightclub acid attack are confident that he is still in Britain and has not fled abroad, as reported. Quashing speculation that Arthur Collins might have gone to Spain or Ireland, the Met said...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: The town that saw bitter clashes in the miners’ strike is now at the heart of a new struggle: the Tory bid to eat into Labour heartlands
An overturned pit wheel gathers rust in the undergrowth of Mansfield’s Berry Hill Park, a discarded memorial to the town’s one-time place at the heart of Nottinghamshire’s mining industry. Now bordered by affluent new family homes stretching in value......
23/04/2017: NEWS: A POTTED HISTORY OF MANSFIELD
Location Nottinghamshire Famous for The market town has one of the largest open-air markets in the UK, which dates back to 1227. It’s also home to the historic centre of Sherwood Forest. Industry Mansfield suffered following the collapse of the...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Tories look set for a landslide as poll gap with Labour widens
The Tories have more than doubled their lead over Labour to 19 points since Theresa May called a snap general election last Tuesday, according to a new poll that suggests the Conservatives are heading for a landslide victory on 8 June. The survey by...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Women’s party leader seeks backing for a clear run to beat ‘misogynist’ MP
She is the leader of the Women’s Equality party (WEP), a new political force committed to furthering the cause of gender equality, but which has yet to make inroads electorally. He is a Tory MP who tried to derail a bill to protect women against...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Former Tory chairman Pickles announces he will not stand
The Conservative former cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles has become the latest MP to rule out standing in the general election. Pickles, 65, announced on Twitter yesterday that he would not be the Tory candidate for Brentwood and Ongar, the Essex...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Grape expectations: England’s vineyards meet their biggest challenge – a decent red
It’s not a boast that will cause brows to furrow in the grand chateaux of Burgundy but – whisper it quietly – a handful of English viticulturalists now lay claim to producing a decent pinot noir. While English sparkling wine has gone from being an...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Almost two-thirds of repeat stalkers escape jail
Offenders convicted of stalking or harassment who repeatedly breach their restraining orders often escape with fines and non-custodial sentences, according to new figures. Politicians and victim support groups warn that lives are being put at risk by......
23/04/2017: NEWS: Bad coffee, poetry and beatniks: how a Soho haunt gave birth to New Left
It was once the home of radical talk, where subversive thinking was encouraged and a cup of trademark mediocre coffee came with a complementary sideorder of socialist discourse. London’s Partisan Coffee House, the 1950s Soho venue that gave birth to...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Anti-fascism charity sues Farage for £100,000
The anti-fascism charity Hope not Hate has launched legal action against Nigel Farage after he accused the organisation, which campaigns for racial and religious harmony, of pursuing “violent and undemocratic means”. A libel claim was filed in the...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS: Wry, loyal, kind: top Observer journalist dies
David Pearson, for more than three decades a leading staff member at the Observer, has died at the age of 62. Dave, as he was universally known, retired as production editor last September. He had held the role since 2009, designing pages, leading a...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: M&S stores are more than bricks and mortar to us
Marks & Spencer is planning six big regional store closures in Portsmouth, Warrington, Slough, Worksop, Wokingham and Monks Cross, near York. Portsmouth council, whose £300m city redevelopment starts next month, says that it is saddened by the news and...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: Hello? ET? Just wait until you see the phone bill…
Very sad news for fans of aliens (should they exist). After more than a year of listening for signals, astronomers working on the $100m Breakthrough Listen project, funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Yuri Milner, have found no evidence of...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: So farewell to novelty at the Proms
It seems that there will be no “reaching out” experiments at the BBC Proms this year. The organisers have decided not to go down the path that led to orchestral mood music via Dr Who, Strictly Come Dancing, Sherlock and CBeebies. Although such events......
23/04/2017: BARBARA ELLEN: ‘I’m proud to be intersex’
Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele talks about what she had always been told to hide...
23/04/2017: NEWS: No link to the Bard … but this Lady Macbeth is just as deadly
When cinema audiences meet Florence Pugh’s striking Lady Macbeth later this week they won’t get what they expect. For a start, this is not that Lady Macbeth. Pugh, 21, has not been cast as the Shakespearean villain who urges her husband to further her...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WORLD: Whatever the result, France will never be the same after today
French voters go to the polls today in the first round of a presidential election that to the very end has brought little consensus or comfort and only one certainty: the result will be a political upheaval, whoever wins. Even as they walk into their...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WORLD: Populist fever spreads as the winners and losers of globalisation pick new sides
All over Europe and the US, the populist dynamic is surfing on two trends: the demise of the traditional middle classes and the emergence of a multicultural society. The populist fever that has seized France, the UK and the US is here to stay,......
23/04/2017: WORLD: MARINE LE PEN, 48
Youngest of Front National founder JeanMarie Le Pen’s three daughters, and a trained lawyer. Wants to halt immigration, shut France’s borders, pull France out of the EU and the euro, and give French nationals priority for jobs, housing and social...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WORLD: EMMANUEL MACRON, 39
Graduate of Sciences Po university in Paris and the elite Ecole Nationale d’Administration, and a former Rothschild banker. Has never held an elected post but was economy minister. Economically liberal and pro-business, but also progressive on social...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WORLD: JEAN-LUC MÉLENCHON, 65
Junior Socialist education minister from 2000 to 2002. His France Insoumise (“France Unbowed”) movement has the backing of the Communist party. Wants to shorten the working week, lower the retirement age, and tax high earners at 90%. Has gone from...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WORLD: BENOÎT HAMON, 49
Former Socialist minister and left-wing rebel whose most important proposal is a universal basic income. Rose to 17% in the polls after being selected as the Socialist party candidate in January, but has slumped as Mélenchon has risen. OPINION POLLS:...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WORLD: FRANÇOIS FILLON, 63
Former prime minister in a conservative-right government. Has promised Thatcherite reforms including tax cuts, slashing hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs, and a loosening of labour laws. Was favourite before being hit by a “fake jobs”...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WORLD: ELECTORAL TIMELINE – AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT
8am today From 7pm today Polls close outside major cities. Counting begins. Early estimate of result will be made, based on 800 polling stations outside major cities, chosen to be representative of the country as a whole. 8pm today City polls......
23/04/2017: NEWS | WORLD: How one woman harnessed people power to ‘save’ old New York from the bulldozers
She was a beaky, bespectacled architecture writer, hardly a figure likely to ignite protests that changed the shape of one of the world’s great cities. Yet such is the legend of Jane Jacobs and her bitter struggles to preserve the heart of New York...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: NEWS | WORLD: Trump’s offensive to ‘wipe out’ al-Shabaab threatens more pain for starving Somalis
A new US-backed military offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia could undermine the massive international effort to help millions of people threatened by the worst drought there in more than 40 years, aid officials in the unstable east African...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: ‘If you want to prevent hard Brexit and if you want to give people a final say on the terms of the deal, then the Lib Dems have a clear message that no one else has’
Tim Farron is on home territory and it is hard to keep him moving. He has hardly set foot outside the door of the Liberal Democrats’ office in Kendal when a local councillor waves him down. “Did you get your credit card back, Tim?” he asks. Farron left...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: THE FARRON FILE
Born 27 May 1970 in Preston. Family Lives in Milnthorpe, south Cumbria, with his wife and four children. Education Attended a local state school before studying politics at Newcastle University. Political career Joined the Liberal party aged 16. Stood......
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: To wrest power from the few, progressives must vote for Labour
For the first time in my adult life I will not be voting in this general election. Hell, what a headline. But hold on, this is nothing to do with my well-known views about the Corbyn project. Rather, it is the result of an arcane part of Britain’s...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: JOIN US AT THE CONVENTION ON BREXIT
Ten days into the general election campaign and four days after the result of the French presidential election, the Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash will be held in Central Hall, Westminster, on 12 and 13 May in association with the...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: A Conservative landslide appears the likely outcome But this Brexit election has the capacity to surprise – and reshape the electoral map in unpredictable ways
After the Brexit referendum, the Brexit election. Less than a year after the historic vote to end Britain’s membership of the EU, and less than two years after her party secured an unexpected parliamentary majority, Theresa May is seeking another...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: THE SIX KEY BATTLEGROUNDS THAT COULD CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE
1. TRADITIONAL MARGINALS With expected,a sizeable much swing attentionto the will Conservativesbe focused on are the first Labour-heldin the firing line. marginalIn particular,seats that the blue Conservativeswave in the traditionalwill hope suburbanto......
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: Imperfect, yes, but polls are still the best barometer of public opinion
The political polling industry has taken a lot of heat over the past two years but it is important to understand that the polls are not trying to forecast the final result; they are a reflection of voter intentions at a point in time. Whether they are...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: The key figures who will be spearheading the main parties’ campaigns
BEHIND THE SCENES Seumas Milne, right, a former columnist at the Guardian and Corbyn’s director of communications, Karie Murphy, inset bottom, chief of staff to Corbyn. CAMPAIGN CHIEFS Two MPs, Andrew Gwynne, right, pictured with rosette, and Ian...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: ‘She’s played a blinder’: how May kept her secret – and left rivals scrambling to make up lost ground in campaign
On the Thursday before Easter, Westminster journalists and their partners were invited to bring their children to No 10 Downing Street for an Easter egg hunt. Gold chocolate eggs of all sizes were hidden in the flowerbeds. Parents looked on. There was......
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: LIB DEMS
BEHIND THE SCENES The campaigns committee will be headed by James Gurling, brother-in-law of the former leader Charles Kennedy. Strategic messaging will be done by Phil Reilly, who was an aide to the former party leader. Shaun Roberts, who has worked...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: The PM hopes she can rely on the press. But there’s one catch…
Elections are won and lost in the newsbreaks between songs on the radio. BBC Radio 2 alone attracts a greater number of weekly lis listeners than the number of those who vo voted Conservative at the last general ele election. But what appears in...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: TORIES
BEHIND THE SCENES Fiona Hill, right, and Nick Timothy, the joint chiefs of staff to the prime minister. CAMPAIGN CHIEFS Lynton Crosby, circled right, who ran Boris Johnson’s mayoral campaigns in London, and the 2015 Tory election campaign for David......
23/04/2017: INVESTIGATION: WHEN FARAGE MET ASSANGE
On 9 March 2017, an ordinary Thursday morning, Ian Stubbings, a 35-yearold Londoner, was walking down the street near his office in South Kensington when he spotted a familiar face. He turned and saw a man entering the redbrick terrace which houses the...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: INVESTIGATION: OUR REPORTING ON CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
Carole Cadwalladr’s revelations have raised questions about the links between hedge fund manager Robert Mercer, the alt-right, and the Brexit campaign.... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: FIRST PERSON: We’re worlds apart but, like Harry, I had to admit to mental health issues
Turning the corner into my mother-in-law’s street some years ago, it hit me. Michael’s car wasn’t there. Which meant Michael wasn’t there. And Michael wasn’t there because he was gone and none of us would ever see him again. We wouldn’t hear him laugh,...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: Amid Hebridean vistas, one island celebrates its hard-won renewal
The great unofficial census of Eigg is taking place in a sitting room offering the UK’s finest seascape. The waters of the Sound of Rum carry your gaze from beyond a spotless beach on the north-west side of this island – one of the Small Isles of the...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: Twenty-five years after the race riots, LA cautiously confronts its demons
Lee Hudson leaned against the bus stop, waiting for the 111, and surveyed the intersection: some dudes lounging outside Tom’s liquor mart; a few cars filling up at the Chevron petrol station; the start of a lunch queue at Art’s Chili Dog Stand; traffic...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: LIGHTING THE FUSE
2 March 1991 Rodney King is repeatedly beaten by four police officers, while 17 others watch. Footage of the incident is filmed by an onlooker. 7 March 15 March The four officers are charged with assault, but a grand jury later refuses to indict 17......
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: ‘I want to be relevant, wrinkles and all’ Fashion wakes up to the older woman
When the former magazine fashion editor Alyson Walsh began her blog, That’s Not My Age, nine years ago it was as a reaction to the fact that she “wasn’t seeing anyone that looked like me in the media, and I wanted to celebrate the fact that older...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: IN FOCUS: AGELESS STYLE ONLINE
Coco Chanel once quipped that “after 40 nobody is young, but one can be irresistible at any age”. Social media has given rise to a generation of irresistible older style icons with big followings: SaramaijewelsSaramaijewe Australian Sarah Jane Adams,...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: It’s their future that is most at stake, so what do Britain’s younger voters see as our key challenges?
TECHNOLOGICAL DISRUPTION ALICE MUIR, 22 Glasgow Like a lot of people in the country, perhaps, it’s the first time in my life when I have absolutely no idea who I’m going to vote for or, to be quite honest, what I want to vote for. I made my...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Already the parties are dodging the crucial issues facing the country
Less than a week in and there is already a whiff of absurdity about this general election campaign. Elections are supposed to provide choices: the opportunity for voters to have a say on the big issues. There is no shortage of serious questions facing......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Desire for change in France is understandable – but fraught with danger
After months of political shocks, high-profile scandals and fraught campaigning, the outcome of France’s presidential election remains clouded in uncertainty, but the potentially momentous consequences of today’s first-round vote, for the French, for......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: How the opposition parties can still make a contest of this election
Election time and the fibbin’ is easy. The first fat and juicy one came from Theresa May when she stood outside Number 10 and declared that it was the “national interest” that compelled her to trigger the snap election that she had many times sworn...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Overhaul our rotten tax system or we won’t be able to sustain a healthy state
Acommon feature of all countries in long-term decline has been an inability to overcome the grip of malign sectional interests on their affairs. Eighteenthcentury Spain, 19th-century China or the 20thcentury Soviet Union were all pulled into...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Sonia Sodha The tangled web of online dating
We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in a restaurant or a pub, the couple at the table next to you are blatantly on a first date going wrong and it’s becoming increasingly impossible to resist listening in with a mix of schadenfreude in the face of...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: See how the other half lives from the Tate’s balcony
In a short but compelling 2011 film in praise of Neo Bankside, a cluster of luxury apartment blocks, Kevin Spacey, then running the Old Vic, stressed their superb location, courtesy of the South Bank’s artistic assets, Tate Modern in particular. For...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Dissent is dealt with savagely by the far left
My colleagues and I are struggling to interest you and indeed ourselves in this listless election because questions about who will form the next government do not arise. Theresa May will form it. The only point of interest is how large her majority...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Don’t believe May. The election won’t change Brexit one bit
Having informed European leaders that Britain is leaving the European Union and, after laying out the UK’s negotiating position in a detailed notification letter, the prime minister is now asking the British people how they would like their full...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Quality teaching can mitigate inequality, not eradicate it
Education cannot compensate for society. Inequality – of income, of health, of cultural capital, of expectations – cannot be solved by the school system; it can be mitigated, even countered in a few cases for a few years, by what your editorial calls...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: COMMENT: FOR THE RECORD
An article on the French elections misattributed several quotes to political analyst Virginie Martin. The remarks were actually made by political and policy analyst Marie-Cécile Naves. (“Mélenchon surge puts left in contention”, News, last week, page......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Nazis knew the BBC’s power
There has never been much doubt about the integrity and quality of the BBC’s wartime broadcasts to Nazi Germany. Their significance for that nebulous entity, “the German people”, is less certain (“How the BBC’s truth offensive beat Hitler’s propaganda......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Diet has a vital role to play in dealing with the menopause
While I applaud publicising and mythbusting the menopause (“I just coped, as others do: breaking the silence about the menopause”, In Focus, last week), I am sorry that nowhere in the article did you mention diet as a means of dealing with menopausal......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Heavy weather, Nick
It seems that whatever Nick Cohen writes about, he has set himself the task of inserting at least one gratuitous swipe at the left wing of the Labour party. If he was asked to write the Observer’s weather forecast, he’d probably find a way of blaming......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: MacKenzie is his own nemesis
I agree with Barbara Ellen’s piece “Read all about it. MacKenzie is no man of the people” (Comment, last week). However, I would go further as Kelvin MacKenzie displays the classic symptoms of addictive behaviour, whereby someone has compulsive......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: Enough of this codswallop
Your business leader column on corporate speak (last week) reminded me that it is not only the corporate world that suffers from meaningless jargon intended to fool the listener/ reader into believing that something meaningful has been......
23/04/2017: COMMENT: TOP 10 ONLINE LAST WEEK
1. Britain set to lose EU ‘crown jewels’ of banking and medicine agencies 2. Terry Jones: ‘I’ve got dementia. My frontal lobe has absconded’ 3. Alastair Campbell: May is wrong to hint that ‘God would have voted Leave’ 4. I ordered 50 tiny tambourines.......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: COSTA RISES ABOVE THE FROTH
When you are preparing to announce your full-year results, the plan doesn’t often include dealing with a Labour MP going on national radio, mistaking you for a rival and then erroneously accusing you of not paying your taxes. Such is the lot of...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Farewells by proxy on the HSBC board
Apart from those numbers from Barclays, we have a slew of other banking events this week – among them an annual general meeting at HSBC, where the bank’s board is about to undergo significant change, partly because it’s time, and partly due to a row......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: ECONOMICS
More than £45bn was knocked off the value of shares in Britain’s biggest companies on the day Theresa May called her shock general election last week, with the FTSE 100 index suffering its worst day since the Brexit referendum as a rally in the pound...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Weetabix swallowed up by American food firm
The Americans have had their Weetabix, after it was announced last week that the UK cereal brand was to be snapped up by the US company Post Holdings in a deal worth £1.4bn. The breakfast cereal favourite, made in Britain since 1932, was put up for...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Barclays boss’s spy act is a funny old business
Say what you like about Barclays’s American boss Jes Staley ( please, knock yourself out) but don’t assume he’s a stereotypical Wall Streeter with an underdeveloped sense of irony. Staley has, of course, landed himself in the soup over his attempts to...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Tough pay prescription for AstraZeneca boss
They say that there is nothing new under the sun – a point made by both Ecclesiastes and the City, and routinely reinforced by this page. So it will prove again this week when the drugs group AstraZeneca holds its annual general meeting, where......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: PEOPLE
Quote of the week goes to Virgin Money boss Jayne-Anne Gadhia, who said: “I hope I haven’t got a thick skin and don’t bullshit. That’s for others to judge.” A good week for Uber (finally), the taxi-hailing app or glorified minicab firm (depending on......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Tata Steel fails to pull an iron from the fire
Tata Steel could pay more than £500m into its UK pension scheme as part of a deal with regulators that involved the Pension Protection Fund taking a stake in the business, it was announced last week. The Indian-owned company needs to find a solution......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: BHS crash sets trend for a chain of closures on UK high streets
When BHS crashed into administration, taking 11,000 jobs along with it a year ago, one employee described the feeling as a “terrible gut-punch”. A year on, the high street is still reeling from the body blow. More than twothirds of the retailer’s 164...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Buy the chinos, leave with nothing: it’s the new way
“Founded on Fit, Focused on Style, Built on Service” – that’s the promise offered by Bonobos, an American online menswear firm viewed as a model for the retail business of the future and currently being courted by Walmart, the world’s biggest...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Life behind the counter is hard for women: especially mothers
Whether it’s the gender pay gap, a lack of promotion opportunities or the demand from retailers to work longer shifts – often standing at checkouts for 10 hours straight – life can be tough for women in the shop trade. For mothers it can be even......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: FATE OF THE KEY PLAYERS
A year on from the collapse of BHS, most of the key protagonists have moved on, although former owner Dominic Chappell still faces possible legal action. Sir Philip Green Green still has his knighthood despite MPs last year demanding that the......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Low rates, big loans, wafer-thin margins: the mortgage market looks worryingly familiar
One way to help homebuyers overcome the affordability gap is to cut the cost of borrowing. At a time when the mortgage loan-to-income ratio is back at 2007 levels, homebuyers need all the help they can get. And that is just what the Yorkshire building...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: A hasty election before Britain sees the hard truth of Brexit
My friend Paul Whitehouse told me the news in my local cafe. At first I thought he was practising a sketch for a re-run of the much-missed Fast Show. Sadly, he wasn’t. Theresa May’s repeated denials of an intention to call a snap election had gone the...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Trump’s chief protectionist has a score to settle over free trade
Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, the billionaire dealmaker Wilbur Ross, is beginning to put the president’s America First campaign mission into practice. Trump may have fronted the announcement of an investigation into whether foreign imports of......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Staley can still do the decent thing and decline his bonus
One thing Jes Staley, boss of Barclays, should do when the bank announces quarterly results on Friday is to make it clear that he will refuse a bonus for 2017. It might be one way to begin to repair the considerable damage the American has done to the......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: High-speed rail has a green signal, but lawsuits and politics could still derail it
‘Passengers awaiting the 2026 fast train to Birmingham: your service is on its way. Honest.” If this announcement has left the public sceptical after seven years of relaunches and debate, there are signs that HS2 is starting to carve its first marks on...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Want to bring the nation together? Have a TV debate
Last year’s American presidential plus this year’s Dutch, French and German elections all have one thing in common. TV debates are a necessary, normal part of the electoral scenery, an underpinning to public engagement and understanding. Did Mark Rutte...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Mad about Bryony’s royal reflections
Bryony Gordon made only the most modest claims in her reflective Telegraph piece about that chat with Prince Harry. “I think this interview is special, not because it’s a scoop or an exclusive. I don’t think this interview is special because I happened...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: O’Reilly’s exit shows the sons are rising in the Murdoch empire
The trouble with rickety global media players (owned by Murdoch Inc) is that botch and blunder know no borders. So the detritus from phone-hacking came back from Wapping to Manhattan and forced a massive corporate revamp. But still not massive......
23/04/2017: BUSINESS: Danger ahead for European press
Afinal word on the European Press Prize. The winners were all terrific. Congratulations to your Serbian investigators, young Romanian reporters, digital wizards from Bellingcat. Congratulations to three sensational writers from Stern and Spiegel. And......
23/04/2017: CASH: Airlines accused of discrimination as disabled travellers face losing a ‘lifeline’
Jenny Gumbrell has been housebound and unable to work since returning from a trip to New Zealand in mid- February. When her flight arrived at Gatwick she discovered that her portable mobility scooter was in pieces, having been apparently dropped from a...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: CASH: THE RULES
Under EU law airports and airlines are jointly responsible for assisting disabled passengers to and from the aircraft and during a flight, provided they give 48 hours’ notice of their requirements. This includes providing an alternative wheelchair if...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: CASH ANNA TIMS: NatWest closed my child’s savings account without letting me know
I recently noticed that my daughter’s Young Savers account, which was attached to my NatWest accounts, had disappeared from my online banking page. On calling the bank, I was told the account didn’t exist. Luckily, I managed to dig out an old...... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: TRAVEL: Five of the best
1. El Huevo Frito The name (Fried Egg) fits in with the cheap-and-cheery local “caff ” ambience, although this is actually a bar, and the eggs are quails’ – adding glamour and a gooey layer to top-ranked pintxos, lined up on slates along the counter....... Pubdate:
23/04/2017: WEATHER: SPEEDY CROSSWORD NO. 1,125
ACROSS 1 Stratagem (4) 3 Gibbet (8) 9 Correct word use (7) 10 Pain in the neck (5) 11 Immature form of insect (5) 12 Originator (6) 14 Unimaginative (5-2-3-3) 17 Riddle (6) 19 Serious (5) 22 Roman river (5) 23 St Andrew’s cross (7) 24 Glut (8) 25......