Unlikely political figures, such as Nigel Farage, Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, have, in their varying ways, overturned that conventional wisdom. The advice offered by seasoned political strategists has proved to be expensive in more ways than one. Many voters seem to be attracted by the supposedly “unspun” ways of “straight-talking”, maverick figures. Of course, the apparently unrehearsed bluntness may very often be entirely calculated. But today it is going down better than slickly delivered soundbites and politics bereft of feeling or energy. … [Read more...] about Why do politicians find it so difficult to be themselves?
Aides say he was encouraged not to take public transport to Nottingham Trent University, where he was giving a speech to the Political Studies Association conference about how Parliament should respond to the "anti-politics age", because of "security concerns". … [Read more...] about John Bercow put £1,000 taxi on expenses for journey that could have cost £67
Paula Nickolds, who has been at the partnership for 25 years, is stepping down by mutual agreement next month before a previously announced management restructure. She has led the department store chain for three years, during which its profits have dived from more than £250m to potentially less than £50m this year. … [Read more...] about John Lewis boss quits as chain warns it may ditch bonus
Syed Khalil, who drives for Uber in London, said it was usual practice for drivers to work 100 hours a week and said, after paying about £500 a month on insurance and towards the purchase of his car, he was on such a low income that he needed to claim housing benefit. … [Read more...] about John McDonnell: We must stop ‘Uberisation’ of the workplace
He said: “One characteristic that so far several of the detractors have in common, and they are now going public, briefing, smearing, trying to use the media to prosecute the case against me ... is that they are institutionalised. They are change-resistant and they are people who are very long accustomed not just to having their say but to having their way.” … [Read more...] about John Bercow says bullying accusers are ‘snobs and bigots’