He later discovered that the woman had ransacked his files and downloaded material from his Blackberry device. In the same year, an unidentified aide to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown was approached by a Chinese woman at a disco in a Shanghai hotel. … [Read more...] about Has Beijing been quietly ‘grooming’ Britain’s elite through an exclusive club known as the 48 Group? Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and Jack Straw have been linked to club which is objecting to book that claims to reveal how China is infiltrating the West
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The 48 Group Club board told the paper: 'The 48 Group Club is not in any sense a vehicle for Beijing. It is an independent body promoting understanding of China and positive Sino-British relations, which we believe to be in the UK's national interest. Any suggestion to the contrary is quite false.' … [Read more...] about The British elite that is being ‘groomed by China’: London club that names Lord Heseltine, KPMG partners and former ministers as members SUES over book claiming Beijing’s influence in UK is ‘unstoppable’ and irreversible
"Markets are not moral compasses. But more issues are going to come to the fore. It's early days for the law but once ethical investment and corporate governance start to kick in, at what point do investors say we don't want you to invest in Hong Kong or in Xinjiang, where the situation is inexcusable," said Howie. … [Read more...] about Beijing’s security law threatens Hong Kong’s financial hub status
A title gleaned from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s To a Skylark, and music heavily influenced by the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Kinks, XTC’s 1986 Skylarking was produced by Todd Rundgren. The band's Colin Moulding maintained Rundgren’s influence was central to creating, “my favourite [album] so far” … [Read more...] about Readers suggest the 10 best summer albums
Indeed, the "family" also comprises scores of musicians who have made up the greatest institution in British rock after 43 years – past and, more potently, present. Passed on, like original lead guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton who died in December last year and whose gracious widow Marion arrived to listen (and even dance onstage); and very much alive, like "Dead Fred" Phillip Reeves who returned to play synthesisers and violin. And the current line-up: Brock, Hone, long-standing drummer Richard Chadwick, Mr Dibs on bass and Tim Blake, once of Gong – Hawkwind's "cousin" band, in a way – on theremin and keyboards. During Saturday afternoon, Chadwick, Dibs and Blake had played a set with their band TOSH (Technicians of Spaceship Hawkwind) which had included Lloyd Langton's Waiting for Tomorrow, after which Dibs said: "God bless you Huw, miss you, man". … [Read more...] about Hawkwind plus Easter equals … Hawkeaster!