Speaker election gets X-Factor makeover

June 15, 2009

The winds of change are sweeping through a dusty Houses of Parliament as the race to succeed the Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin hots up.

Did Yasmina Siadatan deserve to win “The Apprentice”?

June 8, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown might be having a hard time with women, but there is clearly no glass ceiling in his good friend Sir Alan Sugar’s boardroom.

Should Alan Sugar have been hired?

June 8, 2009

Among the surprises last week, as one cabinet minster after another stepped down, was Gordon Brown’s appointment of Sir Alan Sugar as the government’s Enterprise Tsar.

“The Apprentice” is a one-horse race

May 28, 2009

At the moment it looks as if only one person can win this series of BBC One’s “The Apprentice” – and this is Kate Walsh. The 27-year-old is the only candidate with any natural flair for business and has shone in every task. Last night’s episode was no different.

Apprentice: Who do you want to win?

June 11, 2008

alex.jpgFour finalists — three losers.

We know what happens to the winner — they go off to work for Alan Sugar on 100,000 pounds-a-year in a rather drab Essex office.

“Apprentice”: Not just about sales

June 11, 2008

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The four finalists aren’t that bad really when you meet them.

They, and many of the other candidates, may have come across as back-stabbing bullies during the series, but in a brief meeting with Alex, Lee, Helene and Claire this week, I found them courteous and lucid.

“The Apprentice”: Did Alan Sugar bottle it?

June 5, 2008

lee.jpg“The Apprentice” this week reached one of its regular highlights — the interview stage, when some of Alan Sugar’s business colleagues go through the candidates’ CVs and grill them on their strengths and weaknesses.

“Apprentice” – I’ve yet to change my views

May 28, 2008

michael-ferrari-3.jpgAfter a tired Michael lost the spirit for a fight in the boardroom, what was there left to him?

“Apprentice”: Raef, too posh to push

May 22, 2008

raef.jpgWell, another favourite leaves “The Apprentice”.

First, soldier Simon falls victim to a lack of imagination, then former public schoolboy Raef goes because he went all arty.

“Apprentice”: Gushing bridal salesmen

May 15, 2008

helene-in-wedding-dress.jpgI’m always amazed that anyone buys anything from the teams on “The Apprentice” – let alone the single most important purchase a woman may buy in her life.