Rogue Trader: The week ahead ...
Sunday 12 September 1999
It's local democracy week - which is great because it means that less than 30 per cent of us have to participate. Also it's TUC week in Brighton, with Stephen Byers getting a roasting over the maximum hours directive. Further along the coast, up a creek near Southampton, it's the boat show. At least they've got a paddle. Finals from Photobition. The company provides giant video screens, such as those we will all be seeing rather a lot of around the time of Millennium New Year. This comes on top of the rising trend of the world's petty tyrants (eg, company CEOs) to display themselves on vast screens whenever they appear in public.
Brother Blair to address TUC conference celebrating the end of unemployment having just banked a pounds 2m cheque from David Sainsbury (slogan: it's so fresh! it's so clean!). Half the unemployed have now been re-profiled as Sainsbury shelf-stackers. The other half work flipping hamburgers in Burger King (prop: Gerry Robinson, who is also a major backer of New Labour).
UK August wages figures. Likely to show wages lagging behind price rises, even at the target 2.5 per cent. General Strike thought to be unlikely, however. Interims from Ruberoid, Fulmar, Oxford Glycosciences and Robotic Technology Systems. A good day if you are interested in what Glycoscientific Robots are wearing these days.
UK retail sales figures. Interims from Geest, the one-time banana company which has pushed fruit into the background in order to concentrate on the "chilled food" market. This continues to boom despite all logic, taste or sanity.
British Society of Gerontology meeting in - where else? - Bournemouth.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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