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.
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- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Bali Nine executions in Indonesia: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford says she 'just wants to get it over with'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
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