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Stella Creasy, consumer champion, Eagle Eye

Stella Creasy, consumer champion

A neglected part of the work of MPs is Public Bill Committees, where new laws are scrutinised in detail. Here we get a look at the inner workings not just of Bills but of ministers and their shadows.
I spent many happy hours researching the rise of Tony Blair through his work on Standing Committees, as [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 6:30 pm

Ibet: Each Way Alternatives To The Favourites In Cheltenham Curtain Raiser, Notebook

Ibet: Each Way Alternatives To The Favourites In Cheltenham Curtain Raiser

Picking Cheltenham winners is the minefield at the best of times, but with horses having run on soft ground for months, and the underfoot conditions now changing to good, we should tread even more carefully as there’s a chance of recent form going out of the window.

By | Notebook, Sport | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 5:56 pm

Her Outdoors: Leek Inquiry, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Leek Inquiry

We paid an early visit to Plot 35a on Sunday morning to take parts of a wooden playhouse I have bought for my daughter to play in while I get on with gardening. Tomorrow, with the help of a handyman (because we are hopeless at DIY and I want it to be safe), it will [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 10:29 pm

Dish of the Day: Celebrities and restaurants, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Celebrities and restaurants

The effect a celebrity can have on a business can’t be ignored, no matter what you might think of them – celebrities need to eat just as much as the next person.

By | Dish of the Day | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 6:29 pm

Barking Blondes: The biggest dog show in the world, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: The biggest dog show in the world

We are writing this from Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world.

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 5:47 pm

James of the Broken Shire, Eagle Eye

James of the Broken Shire

I have written a “very sneery” column for The Independent on Sunday about James Brokenshire’s speech to Demos, according to David Goodhart. Goodhart is chair of the Advisory Group at Demos, which I said was a think tank that sounds like an aftershave, so perhaps he was annoyed about that.
Actually, Goodhart thought that I was criticising [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 4:57 pm

Ibet: Red cards could cost Yeovil when they take on in-form Sheffield Wednesday, Notebook

Ibet: Red cards could cost Yeovil when they take on in-form Sheffield Wednesday

Yeovil are second bottom of the Championship with only six wins all season from 32 games, the second worst record of wins in the division.

By | Notebook | Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2:54 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards

Last night I turned up – all too briefly, alas – to see and vote at the inaugural Academy of British Cover Design awards, in a downstairs bar on still-trendy Hoxton Square. There were over 100 people there when I had to leave, but the voting was only just getting going, with the shortlisted covers, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2:51 pm

Dish of the day: How to … choose wine, Dish of the Day

Dish of the day: How to … choose wine

We don’t only do cocktails, we’re also partial to the occasional glass of wine. But like many people, we get daunted by the choice out there, so we asked Beth Willard, Wine Buyer at Laithwaite’s for her top tips when it comes to buying wine that won’t break the bank.

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 4:18 pm

Did Antony Jenkins really receive no bonus?, Chunomics

Did Antony Jenkins really receive no bonus?

The practical difference between an “LTIP” award and an annual bonus has eroded considerably. To get the full benefit from an annual bonus a banker would have to wait 3.5 years. For an LTIP the waiting period is 5 years.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 1:52 pm

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