Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ban bonuses, and Fred Goodwin could have kept his knighthood | Simon Jenkins

Even bankers want the bonus culture outlawed. It’s a conspiracy to extract money from firms that properly belongs to others Ban bonuses. They are mad. Discretionary gifts to top executives from company funds should be considered a malpractice. Most British … Continue reading

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Gym contracts fall under OFT spotlight

Office of Fair Trading will look at whether gym membership contracts at all major national chains break rules on fairness Lengthy gym contracts that customers find themselves unable to cancel are to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading … Continue reading

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RBS chief’s bonus: the shares of responsibility

Stephen Hester’s decision to waive his bonus was right – but government policy towards the banking sector remains a jumble Public opinion was adamantly against. The government, sensing the strength of public feeling, urged him not to accept it. Labour, … Continue reading

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RBS chief’s bonus: the shares of responsibility

Stephen Hester’s decision to waive his bonus was right – but government policy towards the banking sector remains a jumble Public opinion was adamantly against. The government, sensing the strength of public feeling, urged him not to accept it. Labour, … Continue reading

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Taxing wealth? The public mood still escapes the Tories | Polly Toynbee

Ed Miliband’s task is to point out where the blame really lies for unfairness in the system: the field is there for Labour’s taking The Hester bonus retreat marks a seismic political moment, a point of no return. How long … Continue reading

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Stephen Hester’s bonus is wrong – but what about Wayne Rooney’s millions? | Ros Coward

Bankers’ bonuses are an easy target. Politicians should raise other excesses, such as footballers’ pay or lottery winnings Politicians have been falling over themselves to have the toughest stance on Stephen Hester’s £1m bonus from RBS, which he has now … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland to bring in 5p plastic bag tax from 2013

Environment minister says population uses 160m bags a year and ‘government is dedicated to the clean and green agenda’ A 5p plastic bag tax will be imposed throughout Northern Ireland from next year. Alex Attwood, environment minister in the Northern … Continue reading

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Sharp rise in sustainable seafood products on sale in UK

The number of fish and seafood products on offer certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council up 41% to 988 The number of fish and seafood products certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has shot up … Continue reading

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Istanbul first choice for property investors as European recovery stalls

Analysis of top property markets by PricewaterhouseCoopers finds London struggling to retain status as gold standard of real estate Istanbul, Munich and Warsaw are the new hotspots for property investors and developers, as much of Europe remains mired in a … Continue reading

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Why are deficit-cutters so afraid to talk about tax? | Mehdi Hasan

Reducing public spending is not the only way of balancing the budget, but taxation seems to be taboo for politicians ‘I like paying taxes,” the US supreme court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once remarked, “with them I buy civilisation.” As … Continue reading

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