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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Why Vince Cable must break the monopoly of law’s magic circle

Never has so much been charged by so few to so many

Chris Blackhurst: We should have let banks go to the wall. They don’t care about our wellbeing

Midweek View: The City in the past has behaved like a separate country, aloof from all of us

Sound approach: Richer still owns 100 per cent of the company he founded 35 years ago

High fidelity: Julian Richer rewards staff loyalty with holiday homes and trips on the company jet. Next? He's planning their inheritance...

Why can't all bosses be like Julian Richer? I'm not going to beat about the bush here: I think Julian is great. If I had to hold up someone as a role model for other wannabe tycoons to follow, the founder of the Richer Sounds hi-fi chain would be that person. Let me be clear: for all I know, he could be another Rev Paul Flowers, formerly of the Co-op Bank, and spend his dosh on crystal meth and crack. But if there are such horrors in his cupboard, I don't know what they are.

Banks should be run by bankers to avoid future disasters

There is hardly a bank that has not been the focus of scandal since the collapse of 2008

End stagnation and create aspiration with free grammar schools

I did not go to Eton but to a free grammar school that operated along equivalent lines

Bayern Munich celebrate winning the Champions League at Wembley in May

It’s BT 1 and Sky 0 as they fight it out in TV football’s big match

With BT’s grabbing of the live Champions League matches for a whistle-inducing £900m - we’ve a genuine, red-blooded contest to sit back and savour

Chris Blackhurst: Fish supper with that scarf, madam? M&S boss faces uphill task

Midweek View: To smash Waitrose at food, Zara at clothes and Net-a-Porter online is well-nigh impossible
Clothing designer Sir Paul Smith at the Clothworkers Hall in London

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg: Where exactly are the UK's equivalent business leaders?

Not nearly enough effort is being put on ambition in our top boardrooms

The bald truth? I don't miss my hair

Some people might call me slaphead, but at least I'm not going grey...

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