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How Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency could actually help the public

They didn’t approach us or any of the other major banks but when we looked at it we just couldn’t understand how it would work.” This is the view of a major banking group on the subject of libra, Facebook’s so-called “stablecoin”. A Bitcoin you can use to buy stuff with the help of the social network. → Read More

Sajid Javid is preparing a hollow, compromised budget. Has a chancellor ever been less powerful?

“This will be the first Budget after leaving the EU,” said Sajid Javid, who has the title of Chancellor of the Exchequer, but is in reality little more than a PR man for Boris Johnson/Dominic Cummings. He was announcing 6 November as the big day. It is of course a sham. → Read More

Auditor fines are welcome but why aren’t Thomas Cook bosses being targeted?

The number crunchers are on the naughty step like never before. Fines levied by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) jumped 44 per cent to a record high of £24.3m in the year ending 30 September, according to Thomson Reuters, the tech and media outfit. The rise is easy to understand given the way a number of high-profile companies have collapsed just months after having been → Read More

This learning disability film festival is helping people and condescending critics should shut up and watch

“A feel good exercise.” “A children’s festival.” The people behind the biannual Oska Bright film festival, which kicks off in Brighton later this month, have good reason to feel angry about some of the criticism that has come their way. It is, in fact, neither of these things. → Read More

American businesses are facing a China crisis amid Hong Kong protests

The China crisis facing American business extends far beyond the NBA, which has generated headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s seen its game plan for the country wiped out by a single tweet put up by Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, that expressed support for the protesters in Hong Kong. → Read More

Banning eating on the train is not only a silly idea, it also offers dangerous ammunition to right-wing trolls

The lack of political nous demonstrated by some eminent and highly intelligent public figures never ceases to amaze. Take Dame Sally Davies, the government’s outgoing chief medical officer. → Read More

After an $8bn verdict against Johnson & Johnson, here’s why America’s runaway juries might be a good thing

It’s the sort of verdict the size of which even John Grisham might think twice about including in one of his legal thrillers. Johnson & Johnson was hit with an $8bn (£6.5bn) penalty by a real-life “runaway jury” over its marketing of an antipsychotic drug, Risperdal, which has the unfortunate potential side of effect of causing male users to develop breasts. → Read More

Disabled people like me are fair game for hate crime, and our government must shoulder some of the blame

Worried about the stress levels of the bigot in your life? Concerned he’s getting all stirred up and might have to do without his blood pressure pills after a no-deal Brexit? Fear not, because today is kick a cripple day! → Read More

Barclays protects 100 rural branches from closure – but there’s a catch

A bank freezing branch closures? It runs completely against the current narrative. But that indeed is what Barclays is doing with more than 100 of its “last in town” and/or remotely situated outlets, at least for the next two years. Does this mean banking with hugs is becoming a reality? Well, not quite. And there is a sting in the tail. This is, after all, banking we’re → Read More

The latest painful dose of Brexit reality should be a huge boost for Jeremy Corbyn

Remember the manifesto we were told was an ultra-left-wing spend-a-thon straight out of the seventies that would bankrupt Britain? Well the Tories are doing all that and more → Read More

Unilever’s promised cuts to plastic are welcome... but it’s still not enough

Comments from CEO Alan Jope took some of the gloss off the announcement, while Greenpeace says the company has got the emphasis wrong, writes James Moore → Read More

As a journalist, I used to think the left’s hatred of the Tories was overdone – until Boris Johnson became PM

I used to be of the view that all MPs ultimately want to do their best for their constituents. But Conservative MPs know the PM is bad and still line up behind him and parrot his lies → Read More

There will be no economic dividend from a Brexit deal and here’s why

Who’s going to be the first to start talking about a Brexit “deal dividend” emerging from Boris Johnson’s dismal offer? It’s a bit academic given that the European parliament has already promised to veto it. But I doubt that will prevent Britain from engaging in the pointless process of talking to itself. So hands up at the back now! Whoever it is will be indulging in a → Read More

Impressive dramatic performances aside, Joker makes a mockery of mental illness

At its core, when you set aside the A-grade acting, cinematography, and the look of the thing, Joker relies on a tired and destructive trope: Child abuse leads to mental illness that is murderous in character. This has become a sort of short hand for villainy. It’s used in a similar manner to physical scarring. → Read More

Job losses are starting to pick up as the economy deteriorates. That’s bad news for Johnson and his Conservatives

The latest Purchasing Managers Index registered a surprise fall in services activity while jobs are being axed at the fastest pace since 2009, writes James Moore → Read More

BP is dumped by the RSC and the climate crisis generation has claimed a victory over greenwashing

“To BP, or not to BP? That is the questionWhether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous corporate fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of financial troubles.” To be fair, the Royal Shakespeare Company was no dithering Hamlet when the question was posed through the threat of a student boycott. “Not to BP” was its answer, ending a relationship of → Read More

David Lewis has shocked the City by quitting Tesco. What’s next on the menu for the revived retail titan?

The supermarket that ate Britain has recovered from its indigestion under Lewis, writes James Moore. Investors will want his replacement to chow down on growth → Read More

Hammond is beating Boris Johnson at his own game – the hedge fund backers will be in play come the election

Was the former chancellor, Philip Hammond, right to accuse Boris Johnson of being backed by speculators who have bet billions on a hard Brexit, and expect to profit from the disastrous effects of crashing out of the EU without a deal? → Read More

Thomas Cook’s auditors in firing line as repatriation continues

With the horror stories of Thomas Cook’s holidaymakers all over the media amid a massive repatriation programme that has seen the tour operator’s staff turning up for free to assist, attention is now turning to who is to blame. The anger over this company’s spectacular collapse is raw, and entirely justifiable. → Read More

The film that shows where the movie industry is going wrong

Bait is a Cornish film that has hooked critics and cinemagoers wherever it has been shown. The black and white feature tells the story of a Cornish fishing village and the tensions between residents and incomers, younger and older generations, that simmer within it. It’s both poignant and relevant. It also, however, has something to say about the film industry. → Read More