Politics

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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New UK output figures a big boost for Brown and Labour

On the face of it a 0.2 per cent increase in the UK’s gross domestic product (more or less everything in the economy) for January to March might not look very exciting but it’s actually very good news for PM ...

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Score draw for UK hopefuls Brown, Cameron and Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, the clear winner in the first UK leaders debate, came under fierce pressure from Tory David Cameron and Labour PM Gordon Brown in last night’s televised debate (the second of three) but managed not to ...

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Maurice Levy to hand over reins at Publicis

Maurice Levy, the boss of French ad giant Publicis Groupe for over 20 years, has said he is going to step down next year. Barring a pretty unforeseeable disaster Levy will leave the business in good shape as not just ...

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Ryanair’s O’Leary says he’ll pay up after all

After stating, with characteristic defiance, that his airline Ryanair wouldn’t compensate volcano afflicted passengers for any more than their air fares, CEO Michael O’Leary seems to be backtracking, saying he will cough up “reasonable costs.” The airline initially said that ...

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The spin doctors’ dilemma: should David be mean to Nick?

Critics of the rampant spin doctoring that seems to have taken over the political process on both sides of the Atlantic say it has reduced politics to the level of the X-Factor or American Idol. Well finally, in the last ...

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How does Tesco do it?

Keep on increasing its sales and profits in the teeth of a savage recession that is. Well Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy likes to present himself as a simple lad from Liverpool and his strategy is certainly straightforward: Tesco does ...

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Lobbying chief Bingle blasts Tory campaign

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs chief Peter Bingle, whose ultimate boss is Margaret Thatcher’s spinmeister Tim Bell, has blasted the Tory Party’s election effort so far as “the most inept Tory campaign in living memory.” This is saying something as the ...

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UK adspend starts to rise – Havas is up too

The IPA’s latest Bellwether report of UK advertisers says that 21 per cent spent a bit more in the first quarter of 2010 compared to just over 16 per cent who didn’t, leading to a modest rise of about 4.5 ...

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