Business Diary: Romer's coded message for UK
Saturday 14 August 2010
The Obama administration can't quite help itself.
Christina Romer, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, has this to say about lessons she might learn from other countries about unemployment: "If you look at which countries enacted the biggest fiscal stimulus in 2009 and how they're doing, you can see a pretty strong financial correlation – the US, which had a relatively big stimulus, is growing a lot more strongly than many European countries that had much more moderate fiscal packages." A message for George Osborne and David Cameron?
The real experts on cost cuts
The appointment of Sir Philip Green as a Government adviser on spending restraint is understandable: the retail tycoon does have a reputation for paying close attention to costs, after all. However, surely there would have been better candidates. What about Richard Desmond, who just this week announced swingeing cuts at his new toy, Channel 5? Or Sir Fred Goodwin, who has a bit of time on his hands these days, and isn't known as Fred the Shred for nothing. He could have been given a chance to pay his dues.
Commerzbank calls the tune
It's not entirely clear whether or not this is a spoof, but there's a wonderful email doing the rounds purporting to feature the lyrics of what it claims is some sort of Commerzbank company song. "We are the bank, built on values," it begins. "We are the bank that relies on itself". And so on. It's no
Eurovision candidate, but at least it brings a smile, which is quite an achievement for a bank these days.
No help with the blood pressure
Ping! Another email arrives from the British Association of Anger Management, a regular correspondent with the diary. Although we are always pleased to hear its news, this particular missive comes with an embedded graphic of some sort (the technical stuff is beyond us) and crashed our computer. A little counter-productive on the anger-management front, one might say.
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Nick Kyrgios calls former Olympian Dawn Fraser a 'blatant racist' after she tells Wimbledon star to 'go back where their parents came from'
- 3 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
Florida man sentenced to two-and-a-half years for having sex on the beach in front of a child
Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
Man who was struck and killed by lightning in Brecon Beacons 'was carrying a selfie stick'
Greece debt crisis as it happened: EU chiefs at loggerheads hours before Alexis Tsipras’s last ditch deal proposals
Florida teacher sentenced to 22 years in prison for sexually abusing three pupils
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
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