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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1. Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Barrow-in-Furness the ‘least happy’ in the UK? Let me put you right

My home town has qualities no ‘survey’ can uncover

Tesco is not the first retail giant to lose its crown, but the grocer is still in denial

Midweek View: None of it mattered until sales dropped. Then, Tesco lashed out, blaming everybody but itself for its fading performance

Tesco profit probe: There is something very suspicious - and you can't blame this one on Aldi or Lidl

This isn’t the fault of Aldi or Lidl, or austerity Britain, or recession in Europe. This is to do with Tesco’s own housekeeping.

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.

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