You can see where the Office of Fair Trading is coming from in launching an investigation this week into the charges levied on workplace pension schemes. There has been a raft of work by fund manager David Pitt-Watson and others which suggests that pension pots would be a third higher if charges in this country were at the same level as, for example, in Holland.
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Friday 07 December 2012
Tiger tourism – back and burning bright?
Friday 23 November 2012
Could a Tsunami happen in land-locked Switzerland? Plus honour among thieves and Fantasy Football just got real
Friday 16 November 2012
This is not the way to engage the public in politics, it's a way to let them down
Tuesday 09 October 2012
We’ve seen Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder going forth in the First World War, ruffed-up and ruffled as a courtier to Elizabeth I and trussed up in a wig as a stroppy Prince Edmund in the middle ages. But a ‘lost’ episode due to be revealed this week presents the character as we’ve never seen him before: Edmund Blackadder the Bethlehem innkeeper.
Monday 26 December 2011
Last Night's Viewing: Nigel Slater's Simple Christmas, BBC1<br />Rick Stein's Spanish Christmas, BBC2
Thursday 22 December 2011
Christmas dinner has been vastly over-complicated by the era of the television chef. Should you cook the classic turkey, with bacon rashers laid across its breast, as enshrined by Delia? Should you brine the bird beforehand, like Heston? Or should you try to impress the in-laws by attempting Hugh's humungous 10-bird roast? Nigel Slater and Rick Stein, who last night presented their "Simple" and "Spanish" Christmasses respectively, forwent turkey altogether. On Tuesday, the Hairy Bikers turned in a Christmas menu composed entirely of finger food. Nigella's seasonal series, repeated yesterday on BBC2, featured as its star dish a lamb and date tagine.
Monday 19 December 2011
There are certain occasions in life that bring out the larger-than-life size fashion gesture in even the most sensible dresser.
Wednesday 06 July 2011
Gosh, who would want to be a housebuilder just now?
Sunday 13 February 2011
Wednesday 09 February 2011
Tuesday 08 February 2011
Former Football Association chief Lord Triesman today accused Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards of using aggressive tactics to pressurise others in the game into blocking the FA's efforts to change.
Wednesday 22 December 2010
Sunday 19 December 2010
Like Vaughan Williams – who collected all of the Trad folk songs here – Maddy Prior and her band care more about the spirituality and heritage of a good tune than any religious sentiment behind it.
Saturday 18 December 2010
- 1 Man and woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder victim of Woolwich machete attack, named as Drummer Lee Rigby
- 2 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
- 3 Grace Dent: I’m not sure how these people can avoid being called ‘bigots’. And the more ‘civilised’, the worse they are
- 4 Woolwich murder: They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention
- 5 Woolwich attack: The EDL will seek to exploit this evil crime for their own evil ends
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