The Week in Review: Home news
Saturday 13 March 1993
The City's fiasco led to the resignation of Peter Rawlins, chief executive of the Stock Exchange, after four years of development work on the Taurus system was cancelled.
More than 1,000 systems experts are also expected to lose their jobs.
Accounting mix-ups still plagued John Birt, Director- General of the BBC, whose former 'freelance' status was given up after protests that his salary was paid to a private company, John Birt Productions Ltd.
Speculation mounted as to who was Mr Birt's secretary who was paid pounds 15,000 by his company under administration expenses. The Daily Mail offered readers a chance to win pounds 500 or an Armani suit for the correct name. Mr Birt's company also listed pounds 3,666 wardrobe expenses in its accounts.
Earlier in the week Mr Birt wrote to the Times and accepted that it was 'inappropriate' for the Director-General not to be a BBC employee.
National No Smoking day passed on Ash Wednesday with opponents of restrictions on smoking having special defiance lunches against the 'sweeping nanny-state persecution of smoking minorities'.
Concerns about health appeared to worry British workers who take more than 200 million days off sick each year. A survey showed that employees of Japanese companies in Britain have half the absenteeism rate of domestic firms.
Saffiyyah Mirza, dubbed the 'Queen of the Skivers' after taking nearly 400 days' sick leave in three years, said she was unfairly dismissed from her pounds 16,500 a year job by Hackney council. She intends to provide medical evidence to support her case at an industrial tribunal.
Fishermen staged blockades at ports in the north of England and Scotland in protest at landings of cheap imports. Taking the lead from militant French fishermen, more action was promised if more fish were dumped on the market.
'If they can do it over there to British fish, we will do it here,' was the reaction of one fisherman.
Strong language may be used on the quayside, but not at the BBC. The screen version of Lady Chatterley's Lover, to be broadcast this spring, will tone down the strength of D H Lawrence's work. Some of the author's more colourful adjectives will be used extremely rarely while the worst are banned.
- 1 Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
- 2 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 3 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 4 Tunisian builder has been hailed a hero after knocking gunman to the ground with roof tiles
- 5 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
Tunisian builder has been hailed a hero after knocking gunman to the ground with roof tiles
Greece debt crisis: Athens has one day to find €1.6bn
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
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