Politics

Out of the frying pan into the fire for BP’s Andrew Gowers

Some people have the gift of timing and others certainly do not. One such is the intelligent and personable Andrew Gowers who was replaced as editor of the Financial Times by US editor Lionel Barber in 2005. He then joined ...

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Santander grabs bigger UK market share

Spanish banking giant Santander has tripled its UK savings deposits to £3bn in the first quarter of 2010 and upped its lending to the hard-pressed small and medium-sized company sector by a healthy 18 per cent. The bank, which rebranded ...

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Party leaders limber up for third UK debate: but they won’t mention spending cuts because there won’t be any

No they won’t in any detail because the notion that the UK, under whichever government, is about to go in for swingeing spending cuts is complete nonsense. Only one government since the end of World War Two has actually cut ...

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M&C man takes Labour fight to client David Cameron

Yes, there’s an M&C Saatchi executive standing for Labour against Tory leader David Cameron in his Witney, Oxfordshire constituency. M&C is the Tories’ ad agency of course, house speciality dissing Labour PM Gordon Brown. Let Stephen Bates in the Guardian ...

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Don’t blame the Greeks, blame the Germans for stock market carnage

All those Germans who take over Greek holiday resorts in the summer had better watch their step this year. Greece now looks increasingly likely to default on its debts, and maybe Portugal too, after the two main powers in the ...

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Female admirers will win UK general election for Clegg – official

According to polls carried out by your team of correspondents it’s a racing certainty that the Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg will win the majority share of the vote in the forthcoming UK general election because girls like him much ...

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Tory spinner Andy Coulson back in the frame over phone hacking

Just when Tory leader David Cameron looked like he was back on top in the election an old ghost has returned to haunt him. His director of communications Andy Coulson is the former News of the World editor who resigned ...

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ITV eyes Five – or is this another stage in the CRR fight?

The Sunday Times Business News reports today that new ITV chairman Archie Norman, a veteran dealmaker, is eyeing a takeover of RTL-owned Five to boost his station’s share of the shrinking terrestrial ads market in the UK. Such a move ...

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The world this week: Libs shake up UK, Microsoft and co post strong earnings, Obama slams ‘batallions’ of lobbyists

**This must be terribly boring for readers outside the UK but there just might be a sea change going in British elections. Thanks to the televised debates between the three main UK political party leaders the old consensus of a ...

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