17 December 2015 : Issue 33 Week in Brief UK International Financial Comment An Agreement From Paris by John Watson Will the process succeed? The Ticking of the Clock by J.R.Thomas A secret agenda at Rolls Royce? The Monopoly On Violence by Neil Tidmarsh Brussels proposes to arm itself for our protection. “Je partage votre
24 December 2015 Christmas Present Wrapping it all up By Chin Chin It was Christ himself who said that it is more blessed to give than to receive, so I think it must follow that membership of the Trinity is a help when wrapping Christmas presents. For me as for most men, however, wrapping is
24 December 2015 The need for abuse, deceit and manipulation An apology which says too much By John Watson The thirteenth stroke of the clock. “It’s quiet, Carruthers, too damned quiet”. Yes, we all recognise those little indications that, although everything may seem fine on the surface, matters will not stand closer scrutiny. In the
24 December 2015 Pass On The Right by J R Thomas The more astonishing the remark, the more offensive the comment, the more the voters seem to love him. It could only be The Donald of course; who, having managed to get more than half a million names on a petition to ban him from
24 December 2015 A Likely Story or Inspired by Yorkshire Generosity by J R Thomas It is the best-selling Christmas tale of all time (bar the original, of course), has inspired numerous films (from a Donald Duck version to enchanting hamming by George C Scott), is a perennial favourite on the stage, and the original
24 December 2015 Week in Brief: BUSINESS AND THE CITY ADDING UP, TAKING AWAY: It’s been a bad year for accountants, at least for the major UK firms. Increasingly they find themselves in the firing lines from disaffected clients and shareholders, mostly in relation to audit work, but also for problems with their advisory roles.
24 December 2015 Week in Brief: UK LIBYA: The Government is preparing to send 1,000 troops to Libya to support local forces in an attempt to stop Isis fighters from dominating the country. LABOUR PARTY: Jeremy Corbyn has been warned by Peter Mandelson that the party has lost 30,000 members recently, through the resignations of