Chris Blackhurst

Group Content Editor of The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and Evening Standard - and former Editor of The Independent.

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Chris Blackhurst: Phones 4U is a parable of our times - sold high and then sweated to death

Private equity owners only knew to cut costs, hire cheaper staff and drive hard bargains

World Order by Henry Kissinger, book review: An elder statesman answers his critics

On my summer reading list was the late Christopher Hitchens' The Trial of Henry Kissinger. It's written as an indictment, of the sort that might pass muster in a war crimes prosecution.

The collapse of Phones 4U will threaten the loss of 5,000 jobs

Chris Blackhurst: There is no one cause for the demise of Phones 4U

But the end result is unsatisfactory for most

‘People listen to business leaders’ shock. Is it an omen for that other referendum?

Scots seem to be listening to the bosses on independence while the UK ignoring them on the EU

The Yes campaign has insisted that an independent Scotland would retain the pound

Scotland has allowed Business to make itself heard – and not before time

The Yes/No vote has shown how maligned the commercial world is

The Virgin Way by Richard Branson, book review: "Get your derrière out there"

After all these years, it seems that we still can't get enough of Sir Richard Branson's home truths

Chris Blackhurst: The Bank of England has to get down and dirty with City traders if we are to prevent another crisis

When Mervyn King was Governor of the Bank of England, I went for lunch with him there. It was a surreal experience.

Chris Blackhurst: It’s right that we get tough on economic crime, but we've a lot of catching up to do

Midweek View: In its annual performance report for 2013/4, the UK Financial Conduct Authority disclosed how many prosecutions it had brought in the year for market abuse: one

Wright also said the Government will shortly publish “the first national anti-corruption plan”

Companies face prosecution if they fail to stop economic crime

Jeremy Wright QC MP laid out measures being considered by the Government

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Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam