Business Diary: A never-ending search for transparency
Monday 01 February 2010
Our regulators really know how to tie themselves up in knots. The Competition Commission (CC) has appointed an independent panel to investigate conflicts of interests of its members. All very laudable of course – and the CC was caught out in this area during its investigation of BAA's airports. But shouldn't there be a panel to investigate any conflicts that the independent panel might have?
Flash mobs aren't for grown-ups
It was never going to end well when advertising agencies began using flash mobs as a sales technique. Check out the Creative Review website for the most cringeworthy example yet: an invasion of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange by cheesy singers and dancers plugging Dr Pepper. Enough already of the getting down with the kids.
Geography lessons for Wapping please
All journalists make mistakes on occasion, but Carlisle readers of The Times might be forgiven for spluttering into their coffee on reading the paper's reports of an arrest made in connection with a man facing corruption charges. The suspect "was intercepted by SFO officers in Carlisle, Scotland", the paper reports. Last time we looked, Carlisle was very much in England.
The bankers take a pasting from OECD
Despite five days of bankers' endless bleating in Davos (or maybe because of it), there seems to be little sympathy for the poor souls. Even the OECD is unmoved. "The complaints from bankers that poor regulation caused the crisis is like you have a massive fire, the fire brigade comes in and you blame them for flooding the house," says John Evans, an adviser to the organisation.
Apprentice McFadden leads by example
Business minister Pat McFadden will today launch National Apprentice Week at a Morrison's supermarket in Camden, north London. McFadden should know a thing or two about apprenticeships – he currently spends his days shadowing the movements of his boss, Lord Mandelson.
Number of the day: 4 per cent
Total drop in the FTSE 100 index of leading shares during January
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International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 4 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 5 Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
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