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The Great Tax Unsimplifier, Eagle Eye

The Great Tax Unsimplifier

As you might have gathered from my textual analysis of the Budget speech for The Independent today, I disliked almost everything in it.
You would have thought that a Conservative such as George Osborne would understand (a) market economics and (b) the virtues of tax simplification. Indeed, his spinners presented him as the new Nigel Lawson, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 3:02 pm

Dame Vivien Duffield’s £8.2m: full beneficiaries, Arts

Dame Vivien Duffield’s £8.2m: full beneficiaries

Dame Vivien Duffield – one of the “greatest philanthropists of all time” – has cemented her formidable reputation for charitable giving by donating £8.2m to arts organisations nationwide, it was announced this morning.
In an interview published this afternoon in the Evening Standard, Duffield revealed that she has given £400m in total in her philanthropic career, [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 3:00 pm

Skepta’s new video: a step too far?, Notebook

Skepta’s new video: a step too far?

In case you missed it, grime MC Skepta has a new music video out.
When he tweeted a couple of weeks ago, ‘Today I’m starring in my 1st adult movie,’ fans probably expected a bit of raunchiness. But when the video for All Over The House dropped at the weekend, raunchy proved to be an understatement.
Upon [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 12:56 pm

Learning to tame the beasts of Formula One, Sport

Learning to tame the beasts of Formula One

Ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone will soon be rolling into town with his Formula One circus. As he trots the world, from Melbourne to Japan and Bahrain (perhaps) to Silverstone, he will bring with him beautiful people, playboy drivers and billionaire team owners.
There is so much to be found within the big top of a Grand Prix [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 12:56 pm

In it for the long run: one month to go, Sport

In it for the long run: one month to go

This week has been all about coming back down to earth with a big, muscle-aching bump. After the elation — and elevation — of my running weekend in the Highlands it was back to pounding the pavements and racking up the miles in a far more urban setting.
At this stage of the training, now only [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 12:19 pm

Has Climate Week been compromised by teaming up with RBS?, Notebook

Has Climate Week been compromised by teaming up with RBS?

Climate Week has come under attack for linking up with the Royal Bank of Scotland. RBS has very substantial investments in the fossil fuel economy with its financing for coal and gas attracting justifiable attacks. I am a supporter of Climate Week and have also supported the campaign to change RBS’s policies.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 11:58 am

World of weather, Notebook

World of weather

Daily weather update from i

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 11:41 am

Caught & Social: Do they really want to hurt us?, Notebook

Caught & Social: Do they really want to hurt us?

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 11:38 am

Today from <i>i</i>: All-star rockers super-band, Notebook

Today from i: All-star rockers super-band

Today’s graphic from i

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 11:25 am

Digital Digest, Digital Digest

Digital Digest

Links to the best of the web

By | Digital Digest | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 11:09 am

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