The British business secretary Vince Cable was in India this week with a group of UK businessmen, holding meetings with his Indian counterparts and seeking to help his entourage drum up some deals to take back home.
A few, belated, long-term thoughts on the unemployment numbers. Simply this, really – that the working Britain that leaves this downturn (eventually) will be a very different to the one that entered it. What seems to be happening is that the recession and recovery are accelerating previously slow-moving trends, and obviously adding a couple of [...]
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid: Spanish Copa Del Rey quarter-final second leg, Kick off 9pm, live on Sky Sports
Lay Atletico at 3.7 to one
Atletico haven’t won a Madrid derby in more than a decade and at the price available of less than 4 to one to lay them, I’m prepared to bet that the sequence [...]
A warm welcome back, and a green award for environmentally friendly recycled journalism, to Stephen Glover, who has decided that now is the time to start again with the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, by going back to number 356 in the Daily Mail tomorrow. (The series is up to 490 [...]
Google has begun offering downloads of its Chrome, Picassa and Earth programmes in Iran for the first time after a US embargo banning their transfer was relaxed.
Thanks to Danny Finkelstein (pay wall), I’ve just remembered the Salisbury Convention:
The Conservatives found a way to address (or more correctly try and address – I don’t think it will succeed) anti-politician sentiment and the difficulties they have with seat distribution with one measure – reducing the number of MPs. This was in their manifesto [...]
Number 490 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Paul Goodman, the excellent former Tory MP at Conservative Home. Speaking of the voters of Hull, Michael Gove said:
If they’re wise enough to vote Liberal Democrat at the next local elections in Hull, or for the Conservatives in any [...]
You might have expected Warrington to try to muzzle Joel Monaghan this week – but not a bit of it.
In case you missed it, Monaghan is the Australian player whose spot of bother with a dog has seen him depart those shores for a new lease of life over here.
It was brave on his part [...]
How safe is our history in this age of budget cuts? And is ‘history’ as a subject in itself doomed in a digital continually-updated age?
Now I’ve set out across the Tasman I have no other opportunity to stop – it’s New Zealand or bust. I’ve got my wind generator working, the solar panels working. I’m on my last can of diesel, down to about 14 litres, but the way I have been going recently that will do me for nine days.
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