Arts and Entertainment Fat chance: Xand van Tulleken in ‘Horizon: Sugar vs Fat’

Last night's Horizon (BBC2) pitted the two best food types against each other in "Sugar vs Fat", a battle which – as I flounce towards a chubby middle age – I'm calling as a score draw. They're both brilliant.

Power companies split over review

A split is emerging among the 12 regional electricity companies over the review of prices being conducted by the regulator, Offer.

Investors canvassed on lower offer

Institutional investors in Northern Electric are being canvassed by Trafalgar House to see if they would accept a lower offer for some of their shares than the £11 a share presently on the table.

TALK OF THE TRADE : Sweeteners for young

Channel 4 is starting a soap opera in September for girls aged 12 to 16, as part of a long-term commitment to re-establish its children's programmes. It will be screened twice weekly once established, says Lucinda Whiteley, a C4 executive. Three independent production companies have reached the final stage in bidding for the contract. It is not expected to be a junior, gritty version of Brookside, concerning itself with spots and boyfriends rather than patio murders.

Health / Vital signs: Not sweet on sugar

Bed Timers, a children's chocolate drink containing 43 per cent sugar, is being withdrawn from production by babyfood group Farley following a two-year protest campaign led by Action and Information on Sugars.

Leading Article: Heseltine recognises a thankless task

THE CHAIRMANSHIP of the Conservative Party is conventionally regarded as a poisoned chalice, and there is a sense in which this judgement is beyond question. Since the Second World War there have been 19 Tory party chairmen, and (John Major please note) no chairwomen. At least seven of the more successful - Hailsham, Butler, Macleod, Whitelaw, Parkinson, Tebbit, and Patten - could have hoped to lead their party. None went on to do so.

View from City Road: Sugar may be running out of ideas

Poor Alan Sugar. Every time he tries to talk down his share price, which he does regularly, everyone laughs and says: 'Come off it. You would say that, wouldn't you?'

Bottom Line: Tate can balance sweet and sour

NEIL SHAW, chairman of Tate & Lyle, may prefer the description 'agricultural processing', but there is little doubt that Tate is a commodity business.

Letter: FO stands accused

Sir: Your article 'With respect, Ambassador' (20 April), about the Foreign Office, reminds me of an occasion many years ago when, lunching with five senior civil servants, including two Permanent Secretaries, we were discussing the possible impact on 'The war of the two sugars' if Britain joined the EEC.

Letter: Does he mean well?

Sir: Being disabled, I can identify with Sandra Tong ('At last we found the fish fingers, then our wheels jammed', 8 March) but I feel she is suffering from paranoia.

Letter: Sweeteners are not wrong

THE MALAYSIAN aid-for- arms story took an unfortunate twist last week when the Malaysian government curtailed all future projects with the British government.

Bottom Line: Sweet perhaps, but hardly dynamic

TATE & LYLE gave the stock market a sweet surprise yesterday. After being too enthusiastic earlier in the year, analysts' reactions to September's profits warning were, apparently, too pessimistic.

Vimto maker flat on higher sugar prices

AN 18 per cent increase in sugar prices has depressed profits at JN Nichols, the soft drinks company based in Manchester, writes John Shepherd.

Sports Letters: Artificial sweeteners

Sir: In the midst of all the boardroom power struggling at Spurs, Alan Sugar demonstrated his ignorance of the game and its supporters. His assertion that 'if we win three or four games, the manager and the team become heroes and the cruel harsh reality is, maybe, Terry is forgotten' is an insult to Spurs supporters and Venables himself. It will take more than four victories to wipe out the memory of Venables's achievements at White Hart Lane. Without Venables Spurs would probably be in the hands of Robert Maxwell's creditors and looking at a future of mid-table obscurity. For football and Tottenham's sake let's get rid of artificial sweeteners. No Sugar and more Venables.

Jobs law to be amended: Change would allow employers to offer 'sweeteners' for personal contacts

MINISTERS are to rush through a change in the law to allow employers to offer financial 'sweeteners' to encourage workers to sign personal contracts in preference to union-negotiated terms of employment.

Commentary: Time for BAe to give in

If British Aerospace is wise it will comply with the European Commission's ruling yesterday and repay the pounds 44.4m sweetener it received from the Government to buy Rover, plus interest, and close the door on a saga that has bedevilled the company for the past four years.
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