October 15, 2010 London, England. The celebrations had begun. The long and torturous process of wresting control of Liverpool Football Club from the paralysing grip of Tom Hicks and George Gillett was complete. Just hours from administration and potential financial ruin, a bitter court battle across two continents fell in the favour of New England Sports Ventures, a Boston-based group which would soon be known as Fenway Sports Group. The struggles under Hicks and Gillett are well-told, well-documented and, now, well forgotten. The end result is what mattered most. Sir Martin Broughton, the club's chairman at the time, stood triumphant on the steps of the High Court in London. John W Henry, the new owner of Liverpool, talking to the heaving press scrum, no more than 350 yards from the Barbican, a site which has hosted drama like this for centuries. "I am proud and humbled," said Henry, best-known at this point for his ownership of baseball franchise Boston Red Sox. "I can't tell you how … [Read more...] about FSG, Klopp & eight-year marriage which has Liverpool on the brink
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Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Wednesday morning from Cumbria. The Playbook summer tour has come to an end. DRIVING THE DAY PARLIAMENT’S BACK! Recess doesn’t end until next Tuesday, but peers get back to work early today with a special session of the House of Lords EU committee. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is the star witness and will give evidence from 2 p.m. on the current state of play in the negotiations, the latest on the Irish backstop, the proposed “facilitated customs arrangement” and the preparations for a no-deal scenario. Full details here. It’s been a pretty barren month in Westminster, but today we may see some actual news. First question for Raab: How far is the deadline for a deal going to slip? Bloomberg’s Tim Ross and Ian Wishart report this morning that both the U.K. and EU have dropped their October deadline … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Parliament’s back — A view from the Lakes — Having a Mair
This past January, when Cindy Eckert got back the keys to her old office in Raleigh, N.C., she walked into a time capsule. An empty water glass still sat on the receptionist’s desk. Piles of marketing materials were gathering dust. Boxes with three-year-old FedEx labels had never been shipped. It was the first time Eckert had entered the office since she sold—and was then pushed out of—her company, Sprout Pharmaceuticals Inc. She and her then-husband started the company to bring to market the first drug to enhance female sexual desire. Since that moment, the story of Addyi, the pink pill, has been frozen in time.Addyi, the brand name for flibanserin, hit the market in 2015 and the buzz was instant. Inevitably, the media dubbed it “female Viagra.” But Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., which had just bought Sprout for $1 billion, almost immediately faced a distribution scandal having nothing to do with Addyi, and the drug was dragged down with the … [Read more...] about The Women’s Libido Pill Is Back, and So Is the Controversy
By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Friday morning. A YEAR AGO TODAY: Britain was heading to the polls for what was going to be the most one-sided election in a generation. Theresa May was poised to win a thumping three-figure majority and cement her place as the dominant force in British politics for the next decade. The saboteurs would be crushed, the EU debate would be over and the PM empowered to deliver her personal vision of Brexit. Moaning Philip Hammond would be sacked, jolly Amber Rudd made chancellor and that pesky Michael Gove left on the backbenches where he belonged. Britain would become a Mayite wonderland of grammar schools, dementia taxes and fox-hunting for all. Jeremy Corbyn would be sent stumbling back to the dusty corner of the Left from whence he came. And no one would ever hear of the DUP. What a time it was to be alive. Spoiler: Didn’t happen. DRIVING THE DAY NOT PLANE SAILING: Theresa May arrived in … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Britain’s top diplomat — Trump vs. the world — A year ago today
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Wednesday morning. Look who’s back I: David Cameron, who took a trip down memory lane Tuesday afternoon to rally the troops at CCHQ ahead of the local elections (h/t Robert Langley). Just like old times. Look who’s back II: George Osborne, who appears before the Commons education committee at 10 a.m. this morning to discuss education in the north of England, alongside Northern Powerhouse chum Jim O’Neill. DRIVING THE DAY WHAT A BERCOW: Commons Speaker John Bercow’s future is in the balance this morning after fresh accusations of bullying by a second former member of his staff. Another devastating report on BBC Newsnight last night featured an interview with Angus Sinclair, a respected ex-Commons employee and Royal Navy veteran who worked as Bercow’s private secretary until 2010. Sinclair says he was subjected to repeated bullying by the … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Bercow on the brink — Customs showdown — Is Dom Raab special?