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Book review: The Blunders of our Governments, By Anthony King and Ivor Crewe

The Blunders of our Governments would have been a compelling if uncomfortable read at any moment (and for any governing party) during the past half century or so. But Professor Anthony King and Sir Ivor Crewe’s analysis of the persistent incompetence of our ruling classes is especially pertinent right now. Indeed, in their postscript, they suggest that David Cameron’s administration, far from learning from his predecessors, “may turn out to be the most blunder-prone government of modern times”.

Will lightning strike twice for Harry Potter and the spin-off film?

Judging from this summer's substandard franchise-milking film spin-offs, probably not

The Business Matrix: Friday 13 September 2013

Laundry business boosts Photo-Me

Stores deals bring Dunkin' Donuts to UK

Dunkin' Donuts will have another bite at the UK market after announcings plans to open 150 new restaurants over the next five years.

JK Rowling is milking the Harry Potter franchise with a spin-off film, but why shouldn’t she?

As someone who has grown up reading the books, I'm keen to see anything that keeps the world of Harry Potter alive

The Pikachu illustrator card is selling for $100,000

'Holy Grail' of Pokemon cards selling for $100,000 on eBay

The 'Pikachu Illustrator' is one of the game's rarest cards

NHS has been 'put up for sale': Labour accuses Government over possible sell-off district general hospital

The NHS has been “put up for sale” by the Coalition government, Labour have claimed, as it emerged that the Department of Health has approved the possible sell-off a district general hospital.

Bargain Booze chain gulps down Wine Rack

The company behind the Bargain Booze chain has acquired Wine Rack, the string of London off-licences, at a knock-down price to boost its wine offer and presence in the South of England.

Italy Test hooker Carlo Festuccia has joined Wasps from Zebre

Mark Rigby sees Wasps on the move within five years

Wasps, double European champions in the days when they strode across the sunlit uplands of the professional club game, have spent the last few seasons lost in the darkness, to the extent that even their front-line players had no idea whether they would be paid at the end of a hard month’s thud and blunder.

The Week Ahead: Berkeley building on London’s boom

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The average deposit for first-time buyers in London has hit an all-time high of £64,000 and the price of a London home shows no sign of reaching a peak. For those companies building houses in the capital this is a pretty good situation.

Huge hits are one of NFL's biggest selling points

American Football: NFL gets off lightly as concussion lawsuits are packed away

Deal over suit brought by former players means care can be paid for immediately... but will it change anything on the field?

Protesting fast-food workers demonstrate outside a McDonald’s restaurant on New York’s Fifth Avenue

Unhappy meal: American fast food workers strike over minimum wage pay

President Obama has called for the minimum wage to rise to $9 an hour - protesting workers want $15 an hour

Bryan Cranston has reportedly been cast as Lex Luthor in the Man Of Steel sequel

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston 'to play Lex Luthor in Man Of Steel sequel'

DC Comics is also reportedly planning to bring Matt Damon into the Justice League

Leading rail firm First Great Western accused over 'secret 11% fare hike'

A leading rail firm has been accused of secretly increasing advance rail fares by over 11%.

The Post Office franchise plans will lead to 1,500 job losses and poorer customer service, the CWU says.

Crown post office workers prepare for strike

Staff in Scotland walk out, to be followed a day later by England, Wales and Northern Ireland, covering 373 branches

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