Business Dairy: Consumer watchdog Lewis gets bitten
Wednesday 24 March 2010
Martin Lewis is the scourge of the financial services industry, so often has his
Moneysavingexpert.com website exposed its sins. But now regulators are targeting him. Lewis does a spot on GMTV, on which he often plugs his website. One viewer complained to Ofcom after being redirected to
Moneysavingexpert.com. The watchdog has now ruled that the GMTV arrangement broke its rules.
Another own goal for football fan Hoon
Geoff Hoon's timing fails him again. Though he missed out on the chairmanship of the Football League, which came up earlier this year when Lord Mawhinney stood down, there is now a vacancy in the chief executive's office at the Football Association. Sadly, the cash-for-access scandal has blown up at just the wrong moment for Mr Hoon to seem a credible candidate.
Crozier is unlikely to want return fixture
Paddy Power, meanwhile, quotes odds for an equally unlikely candidate. The bookie will give you 100/1 if you want to back Adam Crozier for the FA job. Mr Crozier would presumably be reluctant to consider the role, given that he has just been appointed chief executive of ITV – that and the fact that he quit the identical post eight years ago after falling out with FA insiders.
Britain's favourite retailer under pressure
John Lewis is used to getting only positive publicity so the BBC documentary Inside John Lewis that has been running over the past few weeks must feel a little comfortable. In last week's episode, we saw managers asking for the cameras to be switched off after staff were told about a spate of redundancies. And the retailer has now had to put out a release rebutting stories that tonight's programme contains news of a new tranche of job losses.
How to recoup your Budget losses
Sporting Index just couldn't resist opening a book on today's Budget. For the record, its prediction is that Alistair Darling will use the word "tax" 37 times in his speech, up from 29 times last year and 24 in 2008.
Number of the day: 3
The number of Budgets the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, will have presented after today. Will it be his last?
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