A point worth repeating

One other note that I think is worth mentioning: Rupert Murdoch gets a lot of cr*p for being the poster child of destructive corporatization of media. In this story, he was the single largest investor in Theranos with $125 million of his money in the company. He was one of the older men who fell totally for Holmes. But when Holmes came to him several times asking him to shut down an out of control reporter at Murdoch-owned WSJ, Murdoch said no, despite the fact that this reporting would eventually make Murdoch’s $125 million investment worthless.

Well, I suppose so, possibly

TUI customers claim the company has left passengers ‘stranded’ as the travel provider appears to have cancelled numerous flights overnight.

Many customers have taken to Twitter overnight to reveal their anger and frustrations, claiming flights were cancelled at the last minute with no recourse in place in airports across the UK including Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester.

Passengers claim to have been left without accommodation or even water.

Many are taking to the social media platform to demand compensation.

Pictures taken at a Birmingham airport by an irritating customer shows police at the scene, but the Twitter user claims there was no TUI staff.

Ellie might nee to speak to a lawyer

The Audit Commission was by no means perfect, but it was not embroiled in the number of financial scandals that the big four accountancy firms have been. Questions need to be asked about why these companies have repeatedly been found not to be doing their jobs properly; whether the motive to make money has anything to do with that, and whether a publicly owned body that audits banks and big corporations may be necessary. The collapse of BHS resulted in 11,000 job losses: the negligence of these firms has real impacts on people’s livelihoods and families. Perhaps it’s time to bring them under public control.

The accusation that BHS’ auditors were negligent is a pretty important statement, isn’t it?

That’s lucky then, eh?

Australia’s oldest scientist, David Goodall, has ended his own life, surrounded by family at a clinic in Switzerland.

The British-born 104-year-old was forced to travel on a one-way ticket from his home in Western Australia to Switzerland

As he wasn’t intending to use the return leg of it, was he?


Telegraph, you mean mentee here:

Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest prime minster after his opposition party was declared the winner of a fractious general election on Thursday.

After a short and bitter campaign marred by corruption allegations, Mr Mohamad, 92, defeated his former mentor in a major political upset that overturns the government’s 60-year rule, official results showed.


From our ever popular series questions in headlines we can answer

What did we learn from TSB bosses’ grilling by MPs?

We would have learnt something if we’d actually had the following conversation:

“Why the cock up?”

“Because it’s very difficult”

“Why did you do it then?”

“Because every bank is going to have to do it”

“What, every bank?”



“Because banking IT systems are shit held together by sealing wax and string. Complete replacement will have to happen.”

That’s not the conversation we did get and that’s why we learnt nothing.

Reporters today, eh?

Inheritance tax should be scrapped and replaced by a system that is fairer and harder to avoid, an economic think tank has said.

Death duty is a “failed” and “unfixable” tax which does not keep up with modern society, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Adam Corlett, Senior Economic Analyst at the think tank, said inheritance tax “manages the uniquely bad twin feat of being both wildly unpopular and raising very little revenue.”

The taxman collected £5.2m from inheritance tax in 2017-2018, a 53% rise in four years, figures from HM Revenue & Customs show

m is just so close to b on the keyboard, isn’t it?

Well, no, not really

Why it matters: This family has been on the national stage for 26 years — all or most of the lifetime of anyone under 50. Chelsea Clinton, now 38, was 11 when her father, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, announced his entry into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in October 1991. He was 45 then; is 71 now.

There’s an “adult” missing before the lifetime, isn’t there?

This doesn’t work, does it?

The untold story behind the priceless Rockefeller art collection, set to be the largest art auction in history

If it’s priceless it cannot be sold because we’ll not find a price to sell it at. If it’s being sold at auction then it cannot be priceless, can it? The auction being the method of finding out what the price is.

The point about the Cajun Trinity is….

….that it has four parts to it.

The main course on Tuesday night will be a rack of spring lamb and Carolina gold rice jambalaya, “cooked in a New Orleans tradition and scented with the trinity of Cajun cooking – celery, peppers and onions, and spiced with herbs from the south lawn”, the White House announced.

Celery, peppers, onions and garlic.


Amazing how myths start, isn’t it?

All but two of the charges against Ibrahim were dropped last year after brands including Zara and H&M boycotted an industry conference in Dhaka, in protest at the treatment of workers and crackdown on unions. With competition growing from garment sectors in Vietnam and Ethiopia, threats by western buyers hold more sway than ever.

I was at that conference. As was the H&M rep. I met him.

Oh for God’s Sake you idiot

I have dwarfism. I was 13 when Verne Troyer hit our screens as Mini-Me in Austin Powers sequel . The character was a compound of stereotypes of people with dwarfism. He was hypersexual, unintelligent and aggressive. He was not even a character in his own right but a replica of another, average height role. Like dwarf performers in circuses of days past, his character only existed in contrast to others.

In one scene, Mini-Me appears in a sling strapped to Mike Myers’ chest, like an infant. In the follow-up film, Goldmember, another character threatens to eat him because he “looks like a baby”. Throughout the series he serves as Dr Evil’s biddable pet. I imagine few who watched it know that like this – abusing, ridiculing, and, sometimes, even killing them.

Jeebus, that’s exactly what was being parodied.


SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Multi-millionaire property tycoon Kevin Cash is on the brink of bankruptcy after the ‘McMafia’ death of best friend Scot Young who plunged from his balcony in London

If he’s bankrupt then he’s not a multi-millionaire then, is he Sebs?

Well, yes Owen

Imagine this. The BBC appoints a prominent radical leftist, a lifelong Bennite, the chairman of the publisher of a prominent leftwing publication no less, as its flagship political presenter and interviewer. This person has made speeches in homage of Karl Marx calling for the establishment of full-blooded socialism in Britain, including a massive increase in public ownership, hiking taxes on the rich to fund a huge public investment programme, and reversing anti-union laws. They appear on our “impartial” Auntie Beeb wearing a tie emblazoned with the logo of a hardline leftist thinktank. Their BBC editor is a former Labour staffer who moves to become Jeremy Corbyn’s communications chief. They use their Twitter feed – where they have amassed hundreds of thousands of followers thanks to a platform handed to them by the BBC – to promote radical leftist causes.

This would never happen. It is unthinkable, in fact.

Paul Mason wasn’t the economics editor of Newsnight, was he? To be replaced by a drone from the TUC?