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Frank's theory returns to haunt us

Frank’s theory returns to haunt us

I had a sub-editor colleague at The Press and Journal in the late 1970s who was so famously cantankerous that people used to provoke him deliberately for entertainment on a slow evening. Let’s call him Frank. Most of it was low-grade grumbling about the state of the world, the inanity of celebrity and so forth. Truly spectacular […]

Farewell to another old pal

Farewell to another old pal

Ask any of the three surviving Features Editors of The Press and Journal to name the most important person in the department during our respective tenures and all of us would say: “Rena.” You can imagine, then, that I was desperately upset when I heard last month that my old pal and colleague Rena Gaiter had died at the […]

Newspapers still in decline

Newspapers still in decline

I was speaking to a newspaper-delivery boy the other day. He had been getting up at 0600 for the last nine months, he said, and it had been a struggle some mornings. “Never mind,” I said. “It will look good on the CV if a prospective employer can see that you are reliable and flexible. […]

Time to part company with BT

Time to part company with BT

One of the Sunday supplements had a piece in its financial-advice section this week mentioning that too many Britons are slow to swap utility providers and that most of us are paying over the odds for power, telecoms and other services because we can’t be bothered to switch. I am one of them. However, I have […]

Troubled times for Tesco

Troubled times for Tesco

These are troubled times for Tesco. Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, it seems, can hardly get through a week without some fresh hell befalling it. Tumbling sales, hotter competition, an accounts debacle, failed foreign ventures, a board that looks as if it is not on top of the job because so few of them have retail experience […]

Why did Scotland vote No?

Why did Scotland vote No?

  The separation soufflé has collapsed, but why did Scotland reject the Yes campaign so decisively? Here are the Top 18 reasons as I see them. The Yes campaign didn’t do the work. Spinning emotions and weaving dreams might have suited dedicated nationalists and wooed more-impressionable waverers, but the lack of hard financial fact was […]

If you're not for us ...

If you’re not for us …

The recent protest outside BBC Scotland by the Yes Scotland campaign will have been wearily familiar to anyone who has worked in the media in Scotland in the last half-century. Barely a week has gone by in the last 50 years without a political organisation alleging bias of some sort when a story hasn’t suited its agenda. […]

All thanks to Gordon Brown

All thanks to Gordon Brown

You don’t often hear praise for former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The big blot on his record as Chancellor of the Exchequer will always be selling off vast amounts of the UK’s gold reserves when the market price was near-bottom. Yet there is one huge reason why we need to thank him, I have always thought, […]

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