Business Diary: The City lets its political feelings be known

Labour billed yesterday as a "word of mouth" election, urging supporters to get friends and colleagues to back them. The City, meanwhile, went for its own word of mouth approach, with a chart of the FTSE 100 Index's performance since 1979 doing the rounds of the dealing rooms. Set against an almost inexorable up-trend, the chart had cheery pictures of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. The mugs of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown adorned slightly choppier times for equities.

Let your eyes meet over an Apple

Are you an Apple aficionado who has been unlucky in love? If so, Mashable, the techie gossip site, has good news for you. Apparently, some bright spark is about to launch Cupidtino, an online dating service just for boys and girls who love their Macs. "Diehard Mac & Apple fans often have a lot in common – personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, taste, and of course a love for technology," the beta version of the site explains.

Levitt asks for your sympathy for Goldman

Good to hear Arthur Levitt talking to the BBC World Service yesterday. The former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who now works as an adviser for Goldman Sachs, was keen to defend the investment bank. Employees apparently feel "scapegoated" by a US Congress that is taking "cheap shots, using vulgarity and trivialising a company which has performed so admirably throughout the years". Altogether now: aahhhhh.

What do the banks hope we won't notice?

A good day to bury bad news? Watch out for any nasties in today's interim management statements from HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland. Both will be hoping that any little unpleasant titbits they need to own up to might get lost in all the post-election news coverage.

businessdiary@independent.co.uk

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