A 1968 oil painting by German artist Gerhard Richter sold for $37 million (£24 million) at Sotheby's contemporary art auction - a new record for a work by a living artist.
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Sunday 28 September 2008
Thursday 25 September 2008
'There is no more damaging divide in society today than this one in economic and social terms." Thus Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, described the state/independent school split this summer.
Tuesday 09 September 2008
Thursday 14 August 2008
England's richest football clubs shell out fortunes to their players in pursuit of glory. Today, though, all 20 clubs are accused of penny-pinching because they pay more humble members of staff – such as cleaners, catering staff and shop assistants – the lowest legal wages. Some employees receive only match tickets as recompense, or the promise of commission.
Tuesday 15 July 2008
The long-running saga of House of Lords reform will still not be settled for at least several years more - despite the publication today of the third White Paper in seven years.
Sunday 13 July 2008
Friday 30 May 2008
Adair Turner was confirmed as the new chairman of the beleaguered Financial Services Authority yesterday. Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, who is one of the Government's favourite fixers and served as the head of the Confederation of British Industry, will take over from Sir Callum McCarthy in September.
Wednesday 28 May 2008
Our MPs feel aggrieved because their £61,820-a-year salaries make them less well paid than head teachers or senior managers in the private sector. The House of Commons Commission seems likely to suggest that their pay should be bumped up to about £75,000 after the next general election.
Sunday 25 May 2008
Sunday 25 May 2008
Benefit fraud has gone up sharply and is now at record levels, the Audit Commission has concluded.
Sunday 06 April 2008
"There is a difference between private and secret." So said Ken Livingstone when he told journalists last week – to pre-empt the disclosure by a Sunday newspaper – that he was the father of five children by three women. The Mayor of London is absolutely right, and makes an important distinction that ought to guide our judgement of the standards of conduct in public life.
Sunday 30 March 2008
The Charity Commission guidance on political activity could hardly be clearer: "A charity must not give support or funding to a political party, nor to a candidate or politician." Our report today that Care, the Christian charity, has been paying the salaries of research assistants for at least eight MPs appears on the face of it to suggest that the law has been broken.
Thursday 20 March 2008
- 2 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 3 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
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