It’s odd how many collaborative teams wrote sparkling comedy together but not drama; John Wells teamed with John Bird for a series of inspired political duologues called “The Long Johns”, which managed to predict the seriousness of the banking crisis, while John Fortune and John Wells found common ground to produce a now-forgotten surreal comic masterpiece.
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Thursday 17 February 2011
The Government has dropped controversial plans to cut housing benefit for long-term dole claimants, it was confirmed today.
Tuesday 15 February 2011
New employment laws coming into force over the next four years will cost industry a "staggering" £22.8 billion, a leading business group warned today.
Monday 10 January 2011
DNA samples from every man in Bristol should be screened as police continue to hunt for the murderer of Joanna Yeates, one of the city's MPs has urged.
Thursday 18 November 2010
The Government faces an "unpalatable choice" between an immigration policy that will damage the economy or the possibility of failing to fulfil a key promise, a think-tank said today.
Monday 20 September 2010
A leading business group will today sound alarm bells about "deepening splits" in the Coalition over employment law.
Thursday 02 September 2010
There was a moment at the heart of the interview when it sounded as if Andrew Marr might have borrowed a question from David Frost – his now famous suggestion to a disgraced ex-president that there was something the American people very much wanted to hear him say. The subject here, of course, was Iraq: "To all the people, looking, watching who still feel very angry and upset about this," Marr asked, "is there anything further that you want to say to them?" Mr Blair – it won't greatly surprise you to learn – declined the invitation to play Nixon. It would be inhuman not to feel sorry about those who had died, he agreed, but no, he didn't regret the decision he'd made about war.
Monday 16 August 2010
More than three months after the coalition Government was formed, and ministerial jobs were divided up between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, David Cameron's administration has still not appointed a trade minister to promote UK business abroad.
Monday 26 July 2010
A majority of British businesses back the emergency Budget, according to figures released by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), with 64 per cent supporting the balance between spending cuts and tax rises.
Monday 24 May 2010
British businesses have faced another £11 billion in red tape and new regulation costs over the past year, research suggested today.
Sunday 07 March 2010
British growth will stall in 2011 as the economy struggles to overcome a series of obstacles this year, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned in its latest forecast released today.
Monday 31 August 2009
Tuesday 25 August 2009
And now for something if not completely different, then at least reassuringly familiar.
Dylan Jones: 'I've never heard so many complaints at the Hay Festival that weren't directed at the weather'
Saturday 13 June 2009
Friday 05 June 2009
When a professional golfer reels off eight birdies in nine holes he tends to leave most, if not all, of his rivals in the shade, including Tiger Woods. So it was for Luke Donald at the Memorial tournament in Ohio last night as the staggering run he called, with some understatement, "a hot streak" helped him to a 64 and a clubhouse lead.
Monday 27 April 2009
More than two-thirds of British companies plan to cut or freeze their workers' salaries this year, the British Chambers of Commerce said yesterday, as it warned that private sector employers face a desperate battle to survive the recession.
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 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