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British Lawyers Go West

US TV is full of legal dramas starring svelte and urbane lawyers balancing tough court cases and steamy office romances and now it seems that all that glamour and sex is tempting British legal eagles to join US firms.

Well, … READ ON

Posted: 4th, April 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sick Phone Charges On The NHS Patientline

phones.jpgIT seems as though the nation’s “entrepreneurs” will do whatever it takes to squeeze every last penny out of the old and the infirm.

Following the recent furore over extortionate car parking charges at NHS hospitals, bedside phone services are … READ ON

Posted: 4th, April 2007 | In: Money | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lloyds Bank Wants A Sharia The Wealth

NEVER ones to miss out on a new sources of profit, banks are now turning their attention to the previously untapped Islamic business market.

According to the Guardian, Lloyds TSB has become the first mainstream bank to launch a sharia-compliantREAD ON

Posted: 4th, April 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Kops Good News

scousers.jpgWHAT with a summer transfer fund of a reported £40 million and construction on a swanky new stadium about to begin, things at Liverpool FC are looking decidedly rosy.

Even the players are enjoying their own bit of good fortune … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, April 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tesco Not So Local

tesco-local.jpgTHOSE lovely mega-supermarkets are at it again.

The Independent reports that Tesco are being accused of “stretching the definition of local past breaking point”.

The retail giant has launched a last-ditch attempt to stop the Competition Commission from focusing on … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, April 2007 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Never Never Land – Britain Banks On Debt

skint.jpgIT seems that no matter how many warnings about heavy debt the humble householder and consumer are given, we just can’t seem to stop our lust for shiny, bright new things.

According to a report by economist Marchel Alexandrovich – … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, April 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Upstairs Upstairs

havers1.jpgANOTHER elderly Brit who has been struggling to gets his hands on some cash is uber-posh luvvie Nigel Havers.

The urbane 57-year old has finally won a large cash settlement from his late wife’s £2.3 million estate after a prolonged … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, April 2007 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pensioners Too Proud To Beg

beggar.jpgGORDON Brown isn’t the only one currently suffering from a pensions-related issue, as according to the Mirror, more than 1.7 millions pensioners are failing to claim benefits as they are “too proud to beg” for the money.

Apparently application forms, … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, April 2007 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gordon Brown Pension Raider

pension-protest.jpg‘NEW Labour’ and ‘spin’ sit as comfortably together as ‘bread’ and ‘butter’, ‘fish’ and ‘chips’ and ‘Pete Doherty’ and ‘bad hygiene” and now, once again, the Government is being accused of another gigantic spin, this time in relation to pensions.… READ ON

Posted: 2nd, April 2007 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gordon Brown’s In The Black, Tory Party Parties & Bob Kylie Tells All

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Strapped For Cash

The fall-out from the recent Budget continues with government figures now showing that the disposable income of households grew last year at the slowest rate since 1982, says the Telegraph.

Ballooning mortgage payments and utility bills along … READ ON

Posted: 29th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


United Kingdom Of Sainsbury

jamie_oliver.jpgTHE continuing plans to turn Britain into one giant supermarket were given another boost today when friend of the community Sainsbury’s published healthy new sales figures.

With a number of private equity firms reported to be planning an imminent takeover, … READ ON

Posted: 28th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New Labour – New Poverty

politics.jpgIN a blow to Gordon Brown, new figures reveal that poverty is on the increase in these fair isles for the first time in six years, news that reflects rather badly on the Chancellor.

The Guardian reports that the official … READ ON

Posted: 28th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ofcom Cuts Phone Bills

banksy-telephone-booth.jpgOFCOM have decided to cut the cost of calling mobiles, says the Times.

The communications regulator will impose the price cuts until 2011, with the average home phone bills likely to fall by about £8 a year.

Still, anything that … READ ON

Posted: 28th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Building The 2012 London Olympics From Scratchcards

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WEMBLEY – the new Wembley – is ready and one day so too will be the new Olympic complex in the East End of London. And Beau Bo D’Or has the pictures to give hope to one and all that … READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


PC’s Supermarket Sweep

sweep3.jpgAS big corporations continue to get even more money out of us by whatever means necessary, a humble copper has managed to stick one in the eye of big business, albeit illegally.

“PC Clubcard” as the Telegraph hilariously (my side … READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


More Council Tax

ind1.jpgTHAT mess of rubbish strewn on the ground after the bin-men have been, those street-lights than haven’t worked for years, the graffiti on the wall outside that has never been cleaned up (although maybe the latter is a Banksy creation)…… READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barclay’s Diamond Geezer

ccprof06.jpgAS large swathes on the British population continue to challenge their banks over illegal bank charges, let’s spare a thought for the appropriately monikered Barclays president Bob Diamond.

The Independent tells us that the 55 year-old could earn a potential … READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


We Shall Not be Moved By Estate Agents

estate-agents.jpgMOVING house is considered to be one of the most stressful things one can do, along with filling in your tax returns and watching Steve McClaren’s England play.

However, according to the Telegraph, the average homebuyer now has the … READ ON

Posted: 26th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


eBay & The Web Of Deceit

untitled.JPGNOT content with being skinned alive by outrageous bank charges, the innocent consumer has now also been taking to the cleaners by that purveyor of all known evils – the internet.

According to a survey by Get Safe Online in … READ ON

Posted: 26th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Old Folks’ Homes – The 127-Year Mortgage

theladykillerspic.jpgBACK to the property game for a tale of either admirable trust or bad business practise, depending on your point of view.

A 102-year-old pensioner from East Sussex has been given a £200,000 mortgage to be repaid over 25 years, … READ ON

Posted: 26th, March 2007 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Takeover Mystery

arsenal.jpgAS Arsenal buy yet another teenage prodigy in Arsene Wenger’s quest to field the first-ever pre-pubescent Premiership team, Arsenal fans’ interest has turned to boardroom shenanigans.

As the last of the big four Premiership clubs to remain in English hands, … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Osbourne’s Tuppence Worth

george-osborne.jpgAS the dust settles on Gordon Brown’s less-than-exciting two penny budget, people wanting to claim for the government’s tax credits scheme will have to wade through a voluminous 60 page booklet before filling in a fiddly 12 page form, … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Don’t Bank On It – RBS Staff Brought To Account

rbs.jpgWHAT with underhanded bank charges and a colourful history of dodgy dealing, one could be forgiven in thinking that the banking establishment had all the morals of a money-grabbing ethically bankrupt dog. (Albeit one who could deal with the intricacies … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gordon Brown – Because He’s Worth It

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GORDON Brown has stopped.

THE Royal Mint has moved quickly to ensure that there will be enough two pence pieces in circulation in time for the drop in income tax announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown in the Budget.

Said the … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, March 2007 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Flare Is Flare

bcr.jpgWITH the Beebs’ hit cop drama ‘Life On Mars’ giving us a weekly retro-hit of the Seventies, some of the era’s most memorable icons are shaping up for a court-room drama all of their own.

According to the Mirror, … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, March 2007 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0