Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.
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Wednesday 20 April 2011
Like everyone else, I was planning on sculling down to the polling station on 5 May and voting one way or the other in the AV referendum. Which way? "Yes", probably, with "No" as my second choice. It sends a message to the politicians: you're up there because we're down here. And we can change things. It may not be the ideal change but it opens the door.
Saturday 16 April 2011
A new man in the back office?
That's right. Mr Bull was appointed to the top finance job at Ladbrokes yesterday – he succeeds Brian Wallace, who announced he would step down from the bookmaker earlier this year.
Saturday 16 April 2011
Ladbrokes has admitted that talks over a possible takeover of its online rival 888 have ended after the two companies failed to agree a price.
Monday 11 April 2011
Gigi Levy, the chief executive of online gaming company 888, is stepping down "to pursue other interests" after six years in the top job.
Tuesday 05 April 2011
The chief executive of Alterian has left the marketing software group after it warned on profits yesterday. Analysts believe it is now more vulnerable to a takeover approach.
Saturday 02 April 2011
The prospect of Victrex becoming a bid target was highlighted yesterday as positive broker comments helped the high-tech plastics company to surge up the mid-tier index.
Friday 25 March 2011
Investors betting on Ladbrokes yesterday failed to bank any major winnings despite suggestions that the group should enter into a tie-up with the forthcoming merger between PartyGaming and the Austrian company bwin.
Wednesday 23 March 2011
An official has denied Labour accusations that Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke nodded off as George Osborne delivered his Budget.
Wednesday 23 March 2011
An intriguing contender with a superb Aintree record was confirmed in the mix yesterday for next month's Grand National, though his tilt at the John Smith's-sponsored prize could hardly be termed no-nonsense. Five days ago Tidal Bay finished sixth in the Gold Cup, albeit 23 lengths behind the winner Long Run. As is his style, he was almost tailed off early but once he had condescended to put his racing head on, nothing stayed on up the finishing hill more strongly.
Thursday 17 March 2011
The incomparable Big Buck's stretched his unbeaten record to 11 races when securing a third consecutive Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Sunday 20 February 2011
My old friend Ed Balls has accused Mervyn King, the Bank of England governor, of being "drawn into the political arena" over the Government's deficit-reduction strategy.
Friday 18 February 2011
Tuesday 08 February 2011
The internet gambling firm 888 Holdings said takeover talks with Ladbrokes were still ongoing yesterday as it bolstered its negotiating position with strong final-quarter sales. The company, which offers casino, poker and sport betting, said an announcement regarding a potential deal with the bookmaker would be made when appropriate – following reports that discussions had hit difficulties over price. 888 posted an 18 per cent increase in operating income to $71m (£44m) in the final quarter of 2010.
Sunday 06 February 2011
Fancy a career at America's least favourite oil group? BP is searching for a clutch of lawyers to join it in Texas – the scene of one of the group's most infamous disasters, which killed 15 workers and injured many more in 2005.
Monday 31 January 2011
All of a sudden, the big country is a troubled dominion. There was a brazen incursion at Punchestown yesterday where Big Zeb succumbed to an astonishing blitz of winners for Willie Mullins, and even Big Buck's no longer looks quite so invulnerable. Nobody, certainly, should be making too many assumptions on behalf of the four champions returning to the Cheltenham Festival in March. Ladbrokes are now offering just 4-1 that none of Big Buck's, Big Zeb, Binocular and Imperial Commander manages to retain his crown; and 125-1 that all four can do so.
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