Friday, 30 April 2010
You'll recall that Grant is Sir Stuart Rose's mouthpiece - but with the arrival of new M&S chief exec, Marc Bolland, Grant is becoming increasingly worried that his biggest client might desert his agency, Tulchan. In fact, City gossips are already suggesting that Simon Rigby, of rival Citigate and Bolland's long-serving City spokesman from his WM Morrison days, might be the favourite to nick Grant's crown jewells. Developing...
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Might Gordon Brown honestly be starting to regret getting into bed with the Goldman Sachs crowd?
The investment bank got its big break in Whitehall via its former banker, Gavyn Davies – who is married to Brown's former private secretary and the current director of government relations, Sue Nye.
Since then, political expediency has forced the PM to start branding the bank as "morally bankrupt", while calling for an immediate investigation into the Goldman's dealings. But any votes he might have won through that bit of spin were more than extinguished by today's gaffe of calling Labour voter Gillian Duffy "bigoted".
And who does the "clunking fist" blame for exposing him to Duffy? Er, Sue Nye.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Here's Sir Richard Branson, running the London Marathon at the weekend. Trotting by his side, is Nick Fox, the Virgin tycoon's loyal PR man - who coincidentally managed to record an identical time to his master (5.02:24). Still, you'd have to be a complete cynic to suggest that Fox got roped into this physical torture - and failed to beat his much older boss - simply to ingratiate himself. Many on Fleet Street remember the mouthpiece as a thrusting City hack. How the predators are tamed!
Monday, 26 April 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
The actual phrase used by Matt Taibbi about Goldman Sachs was "great vampire squid". Surely if you steal other people's work, it's best to at least get it right...
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
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Friday, 9 April 2010
Sadly not. "I feel that I have done enough and I am looking for other sports to encourage," Slater tells me.
Is there anybody that the Lawn Tennis Association has onside?
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
For reasons quite unfathomable, Kyle MacLachlan - the actor who female readers may have watched in television's Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives - has been talking to the Telegraph about personal finance.
He says: "My first professional acting job earned me $550 – it was a Shakespeare festival in Oregon. I shared a house with three other people for $97 so we lived pretty well, all things considered. Nowadays, I'm much less of a spendthrift – I get it and spend it, so I have to keep working!"
I wouldn't expect a small screen American actor to know that the word 'spendthrift' means someone who is profligate, not parsimonious, but surely Telegraph sub-editors (even the ones now located in Australia to save costs) should know better?
It wasn't that long ago that the whole of the newspaper's staff received a Christmas bollocking on this very subject from associate editor, Simon Heffer. As the Heff lectured: "