Commentaries

Special pleading from the Bearded One

October 23, 2009

Sky tv has a special place in British wallets. It’s the only way for couch potatoes to get their footie fix, and BSkyB, an offshoot of the worldwide Murdoch empire, knows how to charge for it. This is jolly unfair, Richard Branson writes in Friday’s FT. With more consumer choice, the fans wouldn’t need one of those horrid Sky dishes, or be forced to lock themselves into 12-month contracts with dozens of channels they never watch.

Simon says no thank you to Kraft cheese slices

September 21, 2009

It’s not often that you hear an investment banker urging shareholders to consider their duty, unless it’s their duty to vote for his latest money-spinning deal. But Simon Robertson is not your average investment banker, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to see him writing to the FT criticising Kraft’s attempt to buy Cadbury.

This stats spat will run and run (probably)

July 8, 2009

In case you missed it, there’s a fine spat going on in the letters page of the FT. First off came Ralph Cordery’s perfectly sensible point about the failure of government statisticians to capture the creeping inflation in the incredible shrinking Mars bar, as its weight was cut from 62.5g to 58g.