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New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings, The Foreign Desk

New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings

In a society ridden with crony capitalism and crony politics, businessmen and politicians inevitably try to stop people writing books that reveal their goings-on. But there is a limit to how much disruption they can achieve.
This has been shown by the recent publication of three books, one of which uncovers many of the secrets of [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 10:34 pm

Those incredible spending cuts continued…, Chunomics

Those incredible spending cuts continued…

The collective day-to-day spending of all those other departments – Business, Home Office, Justice, Environment, Culture etc – would fall from £94.6bn in 2011/12 to just £29.7bn in 2018/19. That’s a real terms cut of 70%.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 2:09 pm

Chinese Whispers at Versace, Frankenstein’s Monster at Schiaparelli. Haute couture autumn/winter 2014, Fashion

Chinese Whispers at Versace, Frankenstein’s Monster at Schiaparelli. Haute couture autumn/winter 2014

I’m sure I’ve talked about the importance of individuality in haute couture before. It’s the raison d’être for the thing – couture clothes are complete one-offs, made to the specific measurements and requirements of incredibly wealthy and demanding women. Those demanding women come in all shapes and sizes, with different tastes.

They always have. While haute couture once set the trends – there’s an exhibition about to be launched at Paris’ Musée Galliera titled “Les Années 50, La Mode en France 1947-1957″, which lauds that golden age – it still had room for disparate voices. Balenciaga showed his unfitted suits when Dior-influenced cinched waists were at their tightest. Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet had violently opposed views of dressing women, but they co-existed, and thrived.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 12:46 pm

Miu Miu gets trippy, Mary Katrantzou loves letters, Roland Mouret throws up. A last look at pre-spring 2015, Fashion

Miu Miu gets trippy, Mary Katrantzou loves letters, Roland Mouret throws up. A last look at pre-spring 2015

Miuccia Prada enjoys having the final word. Perhaps that’s why she stole the pre-spring thunder, pitching up in Paris to show her Miu Miu collection on the eve of the haute couture collections and close the season. She does the same at the ready-to-wear, after all. On the other hand, maybe it was her acknowledgement of the new power of pre – the first ever, stand-alone Miuccia Prada-manned cruise show. It’s been dribbled into the menswear shows before, but this was a different thing entirely.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 1:05 am

Her outdoors: for fussy eaters, Her Outdoors

Her outdoors: for fussy eaters

My daughter, Girl Outdoors, turns four later this month. We are deep into birthday party season at the moment – it’s all birthday cakes, jellies, ice cream. I try and try and try to get her to eat more fruit and veg than normal to compensate, but it’s pretty difficult. Actually, she hardly eats any [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 5 July 2014 at 9:00 pm

Barking Blondes: A dog’s unusual dinner, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: A dog’s unusual dinner

Dogs can sometimes eat through the most extraordinary objects. After a recent bout of unsual eating, the Barking Blondes asked other dog owners for their horror stories

By | The Dog Blog | Saturday, 5 July 2014 at 6:30 pm

The Rentoul Media Empire, Eagle Eye

The Rentoul Media Empire

Further to my post yesterday about more of my stuff appearing on Independent Voices, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday’s online and print comment section, and less of it appearing on the blog, the boffins have told me that there is an RSS feed on my author page, which includes my daily catch-up feature: [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 4 July 2014 at 10:40 am

We mustn’t force the poorest to pay for repairs to our crumbling infrastructure, The Money Blog

We mustn’t force the poorest to pay for repairs to our crumbling infrastructure

MPs are concerned about making vulnerable consumers pay £250bn for essential improvements

By | The Money Blog | Wednesday, 2 July 2014 at 10:43 am

Austerity is set to make poverty worse, Chunomics

Austerity is set to make poverty worse

Two-thirds of children in poverty are from households where at least one parent is in work, compared to only two-fifths in 1996.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 4:43 pm

Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband, Eagle Eye

Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband

I have a comment at Independent Voices on news of a skills shortage emerging in the jobs market. In this case, Ed Miliband’s difficulty in filling a vacancy for a “Head of the Leader’s Broadcasting”.
Increasingly, that is where my comments will appear. I have also moved the Catch-Up Service to Independent Voices, doing a weekday [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 4:33 pm

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